Need advice in setting up backup versions
I'm new to Backupper and would like some advice on scheduling. I previously used WinZIP daily and kept three monthly backups. I used the MS Task Scheduler to run batch files on the last day of the month to rename/copy backups so that BACKUP3 was always the oldest, BACKUP2 was the prior month's, and BACKUP1 was the current month. It might be crude, but it worked. Every six months I copied the current BACKUP2 offline, including the date in the file name (e.g., BACKUP1May17) to make it unique and obvious.
Unless you have a better suggestion, I plan to follow the same scheme with Backupper. I made a full backup at the beginning of the month and differential backups daily. After making a new full backup at the beginning of the next month, I plan to delete all the differential backups. Should I rename the first full backup to include the date in the name? Will renaming cause any problem if I need to restore? Will probably do the renaming and deleting manually until I understand the pattern and see a way to automate it. Suggestion very welcome.
The backups are stored on a 2 terabyte USB drive, along with a lot of other files. I don't intend to let Backupper fill the drive. Reading the documentation, I can't figure out how to make the number of versions automatic deletion work with the naming scheme. Should I just forget about renaming and set the version count to three?