Quote: Originally Posted by cutcopypaste
I bought a 2tb additional hard drive for the purpose of backing up all my data.. which is maybe 1.5 tb or so. I set up backup and restore to backup everything, and it's been going for 2 days already and is not even half done. Is it going to be a lot faster the next time? Or do I need to think about finding some other way to do this? (if so.. recommendations?)
I also wonder if I am backing up all of my hard drives do I still need to create a system restore?
I don't know the sordid details of Windows Backup, but I assume it is some sort of file by file, folder by folder method, rather than imaging.
It certainly should take longer the first time because all of your 1.5 TB must be copied. The second time you run it, only NEW or MODIFIED files need to be copied, so it should be much faster--assuming it is smart enough to recognize which files are new or modified.
Having said that, 2 days is ridiculous.
I use Second Copy, but there are many other free backup applications out there. The last time I did a full backup immediately after a system build, it took about 4 hours for about 300 MB---which equates to around 20 hours for 1.5 TB.
System Restore is for Windows itself. Data backup is completely different and unrelated. Imaging can be used for both Windows and data.
Regardless, you should continue to use System Restore. At one time, it was a bit buggy, but it's quite good now on Windows 7. It's much faster than restoring an image (perhaps 2 minutes typically) and accomplishes much the same thing in most cases. I use System Restore 20 or 30 times a year and have not restored an image in at least 5 years---I haven't had to resort to it.