Sorry but my advice is to never use NTBACKUP. It was dated in 2000 and now outdated to the extreme. Posts and complaints about file loss and restore problems are commonplace.
If you didn't grasp that consider NTBACKUP was supplied because folk were using that in Windows 2000 which was inherited from Windows NT which is to say "dang, that's old stuff." And it was not that great back then.
You're not way off. It's a very old program that was supplied just so folk could migrate from NT and 2000 over 10 years ago.
Use anything else.
I have Windows XP Pro, sp3.
I've been been using the Windows Backup program but I've only created "Normal" backups, that backup, in this case, my whole C:\ drive and system state. It creates one big file. I've restored using this file and it's worked real good but creating that big file is very time consuming and now that I've moved my movie files over to c:\ it's really, really bad.
I want to start using "Incremental" backups so I don't have to use so much time and space and I will backup more often. So, I've been studying up on Backup. I've read a lot but I just can't find out what I want to know so I'm going to ask. I have a "Normal" backup and I'm going to do an "Incremental" backup. On the Backup program it says: "Append this backup to the media" or "Replace the data on the media with this backup". I don't understand the language here.
What I want to know is what happens if I tick the radio button that says: "Append this backup to the media" and if I save the incremental backup to the same folder that the normal backup is in will the Backup program add the incremental backup to the normal backup or will it make a separate file? Should I save to a different folder? (I didn't look at everything in Help but I looked. Windows did a terrible job here.) If it adds to the normal backup how's that going to work?
If I tick the radio button for: "Replace the data on the media with this backup" and I save the incremental backup to the same folder the normal backup is in, will it replace the normal backup?
I'm familiar with another backup program. It first made a large file, then the subsequent backups were small files that backed up only stuff that had changed. It sounds like Windows Backup program makes a big file then adds to it. Is this the way it works?
If I'm way off please tell me. Please tell me how to do it.