For Keepit to make a complete backup of a large amount of data – which means to have a backup copy of every file and object on a tenant – it may take days or weeks. Several times a day during this process, Keepit takes a snapshot of what data has been backed up up to that point. Each one of these snapshots is larger than the one before until it contains the tenant's complete dataset.
Until an entire backup has been completed, these partial snapshots are displayed in the Keepit application, giving users access to the data that is currently in the backup. Users have the ability to import and restore files and objects using these snapshots.
How partial snapshots are marked
Partial backups are clearly marked so users know what type of snapshot they are browsing or recovering.
In History Snapshots, partial backups are marked with a special icon:
In the Import and Restore dialogs, snapshots are marked with the word "partial" or "complete":
Users must remember that a partial snapshot might not contain the data they want to recover.
If Keepit has both complete and partial snapshots, we advise the user to restore or import from a complete backup if they want their entire dataset recovered:
If Keepit has only partial snapshots, we advise the user check that the data they want is in the snapshot by browsing the connector using that particular snapshot:
After initial backup
Once Keepit finishes backing up an entire dataset, partial snapshots will no longer be shown – only the complete snapshot that contains the user's entire dataset will be accessible. After performing a complete backup, new partial snapshots might again appear as Keepit completes the next full backup.