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Windows 7: Why is Windows Backup so slow?

06 Nov 2010   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
Why is Windows Backup so slow?

Maybe I am spoiled by Norton Ghost but I find that Windows Backup seems to take forever.
Any way to speed things up by maybe altering compression or changing buffering?

If using Norton Ghost, is there any recommendation on how to combine its facilities with the standard recovery point facilities of windows?

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06 Nov 2010   #2

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Windows uses 2 "backup" approaches. Imaging and file/folder style backup.
Imaging uses .vhd files and is quite fast. file/folder backup uses .zip files and can be slow particularly for your first or a new full backup. Incremental backups are faster. For large amounts of file/folder backup other software may be better.
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07 Nov 2010   #3

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HairyScot View Post
Windows Backup seems to take forever.
Any way to speed things up by maybe altering compression or changing buffering?
I cut my backup time in 1/2 by using a LaCie Hard Disk MAX 2TB eSATA RAID 0 drive...

A full 24 GB Windows 7 System Image now takes 5 minutes and 20 seconds to complete which is an average of 75 MBps.

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