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Windows 7: Should I partition the drive with the Backup Image?

17 Nov 2011   #1

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Should I partition the drive with the Backup Image?

Hi, I have a 1TB external hard drive that I will use to make a Backup Image. I'm going to Use Symantec Ghost to make a backup Image.

Should I partition the External hard drive first? I would also like to use it to store other files and folders. If so, how big should the partition with the backup Images be?

How large is a typical Image backup file? I also plan on backing up 2 other linux machines.

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17 Nov 2011   #2

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A separate partition isn't needed unless you will be booting a Linux distro from the external drive. I've imaged my system and it was 28GB in size. Yours will be different depending on how much data you have.

If you have video or music or other real large collections, I would suggest not including those in the image. Save them to the external drive and the just copy back when needed.
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17 Nov 2011   #3

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So the backup Image files will appear on the drive as any other file, and I just point Ghost or Windows/Linux to the location?
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17 Nov 2011   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bishop101 View Post
Hi, I have a 1TB external hard drive that I will use to make a Backup Image. I'm going to Use Symantec Ghost to make a backup Image.

Should I partition the External hard drive first? I would also like to use it to store other files and folders. If so, how big should the partition with the backup Images be?

How large is a typical Image backup file? I also plan on backing up 2 other linux machines.
A separate partition is completely unnecessary. I'd just make a folder called C-image-111711 or something like that to date it.

Most here would frown on Symantec Ghost, but it's your choice.

An image of C is probably going to be between 40 and 60 percent of the size of the occupied space on C. That can be adjusted a bit using different compression levels within the imaging program, if available.
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17 Nov 2011   #5

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Partitions are useful for organizing your data, but they are a personal decision and not necessary for any computer functional reason.

Most imaging programs have a default 2 to 1 compression ratio (the image file will be 50% of the actual size of your data. But they all allow you to increase the compression if you need to.
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17 Nov 2011   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bishop101 View Post
So the backup Image files will appear on the drive as any other file, and I just point Ghost or Windows/Linux to the location?
That's about it.

Make sure your recovery disk actually boots and can show you the image file and your partitions.

Hope it works. It usually does.
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18 Nov 2011   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post

Most here would frown on Symantec Ghost, but it's your choice.
Are you suggesting I should use the default Windows backup utility?
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18 Nov 2011   #8

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bishop101 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post

Most here would frown on Symantec Ghost, but it's your choice.
Are you suggesting I should use the default Windows backup utility?
No. It does work, but it's not easily understood and a bit fussy.

The inclination on this forum is to use Macrium Reflect, Acronis True Image, or EaseUS Todo Backup.
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