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Windows 7: Why is my backup larger than my system's harddrive?

29 Oct 2011   #11
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

When I said it's best not to "force your way into" the folders. I didn't mean you couldn't get at your backups. I didn't want to keep going on ....but it's best to use the Windows tools to get at the data.
1) Windows Images - Go in via Disk Management accept "Attach VHD" then browse down to the large vhd which will be your image of say your C: partition. When you attach it it appears like a new drive in Windows explorer (eg.F: ). You can then browse and copy files out. It's best not to add anything.
2) File/folder backup - In the Backup & Restore screen you select "backup to restore files from" and it goes into the zip files and lets you browse for files or folders in the backup. You can restore them to the original place they came from or to a new folder if you just want to pull out a copy.

Both extractions 1) & 2) don't affect the backups.


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31 Oct 2011   #12
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by neuguy View Post
I would like to have a complete backup but don't want to use up so much space. Is there an easy way to change a setting so that I can save disk space on my external drive while have a thorough and comprehensive backup.

Much Thanks!
A lot of the people here use Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download You can set it to make backups whenever you want. It uses about half the space of the original file to backup. You can automatically backup daily, weekly or when you want. Just be aware with this software, it makes a complete backup each time. This will cause your external HD to get full quickly. You need to go in when it starts getting full and delete the older backups. It is a good program and free.
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31 Oct 2011   #13
neuguy

Microsoft Windows 7 Home 64 Bit
 
 

Thanks bigmck. I appreciate the feedback. Can you tell how are the restore capabilities with Macrium Reflect? I've heard some horror stories about restoring backups. Not just from windows but from other 3rd party backups.
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01 Nov 2011   #14
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by neuguy View Post
Thanks bigmck. I appreciate the feedback. Can you tell how are the restore capabilities with Macrium Reflect? I've heard some horror stories about restoring backups. Not just from windows but from other 3rd party backups.
I have restored my drives before and it worked fine. Here is how I have mine set up. I have two HD. One HD is split with a C: and D: partition. I have the OS and programs on C: and all of my documents on D:. BY documents I mean letters, pictures, anything that is not a program. == On the other HD I have two partitions. This could be your external drive. On one partition is a backup of my C: and on the other partition is a backup of my D:. This way you can restore what is needed. Let us know how it works for you.
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