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A *recovery point* is created as the result of data replication. The first recovery point is called an *initial replica* because it is performed only one time as long as the storage medium is not replaced.

In a [Virtual Full Backup|TP:Backup Method - Virtual Full Backup] each recovery point is comprised of many Deltas. A Delta represents the state of a disk volume block at a particular point in time. Each Delta can be used by one or more Recovery Point. The relationship between Deltas and Recovery Points is maintained by the [Disk Safe|Disk Safes].

*A Recovery Point appears like a Full backup to the user.* That is, the Recovery Point only _looks_ like a full backup, as each Recovery Point only contains block level Deltas or changes since the last Synchronization. In other words, a Recovery Point is a point-in-time virtual full backup of the [devices|Manage devices] (or selected files/folders on devices).

The *Recovery Point Retention* is defined in the [Policy|Policies] properties. The Retention rules define how many Recovery Points to keep in the Disk Safe. Old Recovery Points are merged automatically.  

Recovery Point properties:
* *Mount Point*
* *Last Device Path*
* *Content Type*
* *Identification*
* *File System Properties*
* *Synchronization Details*

See descriptions in [Access recovery points].

The following actions are available for the Recovery Points:
* *View *
* *Delete (merge) *
* *Lock*
* *Restore*

You can limit the number of Recovery Points stored in the Disk Safes assigned to the Volume. Read more in [Create volumes].

{excerpt:hidden=true}General description of the recovery points in Server Backup Manager.{excerpt}