I have a 1.5TB hard drive and, after two restorations to factory settings everything worked fine including the backup to a 2TB external drive, image and all.
The second scheduled backup worked fine. Only the file types I chose got backed up and the new and changed ones. There wasn't enough room to fit another image so I unticked that.
I was a bit worried that I was reaching the end of my tether with only 116GB left on the external drive but there wasn't a lot new when my weekly backup began.
An hour and a half later I thought there might be trouble (it only took 10 minutes the last time). I checked. It was backing up folders that I had not touched and it was clear there wouldn't be enough disc space to finish.
Why doesn't it just back up what files are changed? That's what Windows help says it does.
I could delete the oldest backup but it's the only successful one... and it will take 24 hours to back it all up again. (After probably a 24 hour deletion - that's how much it took to format it)
I think the native partition is still on the external hard drive, the HP drive's native "back-it-up" program which really does back up only new stuff. It's just that I'm not sure it backs up system files.
I tried Macrium on my fist and second pass when Windows failed to backup entirely. I thought I got it right after the second system restore.
This is very discouraging. More like hell actually. I don't think I can face another 48 hours of deleting and restoring. It's been 10 months of almost endless problems. I'm just a dumb consumer. I just expect things to work.
BTW I'm a photographer with a high end camera and that's why there's so much stuff on the hard drive. I also use the computer as a music player and I love music. I also have a TV tuner card but I clear out the old stuff regularly and untick that part of the backup anyway.
Thanks in advance for any insight. Do I need a 4 TB external?