Here's what the docs say on it: http://download.oracle.com/docs/cd/B19306_01/backup.102/b14192/bkup004.htm#BRBSC133 In summary, incremental backups can be much smaller and faster than full backups, especially in 10g+ with a block change tracking file. I've been running incremental backups with RMAN and Netbackup for years and haven't had any problems with them. As with any backup/recovery strategy - you should test it (especially the restore & recovery) thoroughly in your environment. Regards, Brandon ________________________________ Privileged/Confidential Information may be contained in this message or attachments hereto. Please advise immediately if you or your employer do not consent to Internet email for messages of this kind. Opinions, conclusions and other information in this message that do not relate to the official business of this company shall be understood as neither given nor endorsed by it.