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Old February 3rd, 2013, 03:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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having issues backing up my computer

ok so maybe someone can help me make sense of this, my primary boot drive, C drive, has a total of 518g taken up right now, the drive i use for a backup is also a 1tb drive and once the backup hit it this morning it only has 75gb of free space, so how is 518g turning into about 800g when my computer backs it up? furthermore, when I go into the backup utility the "backup size" is listed as 616g, so even if it is making a direct copy of my C drive (which it shouldnt be) how is the backup taking up this much space? what am i doing wrong here?
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 04:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Is it attempting to create multiple backups instead of overwriting an old backup?
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 04:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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it doesnt look like it, I formatted the hard drive a few days ago so last night was the first backup to hit it.

here is what it is listing for the space it is using

Data file backup = 309g
system image = 377g
other files = 169g
free space = 75g
total size = 931g
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 05:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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So it's creating an image of your system, AND backup up the files it seems. Redundant.
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 09:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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any idea how to stop that?
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What software are you using for backup? Doubt I'd know much, I myself just use cron jobs to run a simple script wiht multiple lines of
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\cp -r <file/directory> <backup location>
that does all my backup for me.
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 10:58 PM   #7 (permalink)
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just the windows backup thingamajig
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Old February 4th, 2013, 02:24 AM   #8 (permalink)
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windows backup creates snapshots on top of the file backups. the images are the reference points to the backups. i doubt you can ahve one without the other, but what do i know. i don't back up using tools. i just back up my files to externals
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Old February 4th, 2013, 10:42 PM   #9 (permalink)
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ya, maybe i will just go back to backing up files only

anyone know anything about creating a mirror drive? that may be a decent way to do it right?
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Yes. And it's easier just to link you to instructions than to try to explain it. Note the most important part of this is that the drive must have NO VOLUMES on it when you set this up, so you'll have to use the disk manager to delete existing partitions.

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/17926...-in-windows-7/
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Old February 10th, 2013, 02:55 AM   #11 (permalink)
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What are you wanting to back up? I have my music, photos, and documents all stored in 2 extra places. Anything else I can just reinstall, but maybe you're working with more than that, I don't know.
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What are you wanting to back up? I have my music, photos, and documents all stored in 2 extra places. Anything else I can just reinstall, but maybe you're working with more than that, I don't know.
exactly.
This reminds me i need to get a second hard drive. my external died on me finally.
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What are you wanting to back up? I have my music, photos, and documents all stored in 2 extra places. Anything else I can just reinstall, but maybe you're working with more than that, I don't know.
photos mostly i have a lot of stuff i need to save between raw files, photoshop edits and output files
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Old February 10th, 2013, 07:26 PM   #14 (permalink)
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That stuff is pretty easy to backup, just find where they are stored and combine them to one folder, or transfer each folder separately. Backup programs that come with external drives are bulky and copy a bunch of useless stuff.
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Old February 11th, 2013, 11:50 AM   #15 (permalink)
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ya, i guess I was just looking for an easy way to do it so if anything does happen to my primary drive i can go click click click and restore everything
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They make programs that will do that, but they cost $$ if you want a windows solution.

Easy enough to set it up if you were to make the jump to linux though.
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Old February 11th, 2013, 10:40 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Yes. And it's easier just to link you to instructions than to try to explain it. Note the most important part of this is that the drive must have NO VOLUMES on it when you set this up, so you'll have to use the disk manager to delete existing partitions.

Use Drive Mirroring for Instant Backup in Windows 7
well, this only works with some of the more expensive windows 7 platforms, i just have the home premium edition

I had a free program a while back that did it for me, I will have to find it again
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well, this only works with some of the more expensive windows 7 platforms, i just have the home premium edition

I had a free program a while back that did it for me, I will have to find it again
Didn't even realize that HP doens't have it in since all my laptops came with Pro.
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Old February 12th, 2013, 02:30 AM   #19 (permalink)
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or use cloud storage?
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Old February 12th, 2013, 05:34 PM   #20 (permalink)
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poor college student and in the amounts of memory i need it would not be free

for the short term i tweeked the windows backup thing so it is not saving as much, it is still about double the data that is actually on the C drive though
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