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Windows 7: Paragon 2011 Free Now Takes Too Long to Backup

05 Jun 2011   #11
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Macrium goes at High Priority by default - you can slide it down to medium - then it is about the same speed as Paragon.

There is no 'fast' switch on Paragon is because it checks the drive and filesystem. That means there is much less likely to be an issue with a backup image. They could make it just rush ahead regardless - but they chose the safe route.


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05 Jun 2011   #12
Todd Sauve

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Macrium goes at High Priority by default - you can slide it down to medium - then it is about the same speed as Paragon.

There is no 'fast' switch on Paragon is because it checks the drive and filesystem. That means there is much less likely to be an issue with a backup image. They could make it just rush ahead regardless - but they chose the safe route.
Yes, Paragon's free program has saved my bacon probably a dozen times. When it works, it works great. When it doesn't--well, you had better have one or two other programs running on the same machine or you will be crying the blues big time, just like Jimbo says!
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05 Jun 2011   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Macrium goes at High Priority by default - you can slide it down to medium - then it is about the same speed as Paragon.

There is no 'fast' switch on Paragon is because it checks the drive and filesystem. That means there is much less likely to be an issue with a backup image. They could make it just rush ahead regardless - but they chose the safe route.
That makes a lot of sense. Although I have to say that I never had any problems with my Macrium images. But maybe I was just lucky.
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05 Jun 2011   #14
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
the features I use a lot which aren't readily available in Freebies are

1) Concurrent Multiple backups -- I generally make TWO independent backups just in case one doesn't work or the media gets damaged or lost. Using HDD's I think this is a sensible strategy as while HDD's are generally reliable -- I've probably ever had 2 failures in the whole time I've been using computers -- you can GURANTEE 100% that the one time you really NEED your backup the backup will fail if you only have one copy. I have far too much valuable data to risk that in comparison to the cost of the HDD.

2) Backing up selective data on to specific USER specified file sizes -- for example I can say split the backup into 700 MB sizes so I can send several CD's to a colleague for example -- the restore will be put on to the 1st CD and is BOOTABLE.

3) Incremental backups -- I do an incremental daily and a full one once a week.

4) Restore to UNLIKE hardware - great for testing different configurations -- agree this won't be of use for "general purpose users"

5) Automatic Partition re-sizing -- can restore an image say from a 38 GB partition to say a 90 GB partition without having to go through hoops and whistles with 3rd party apps etc.


6) Backup to Network drives.

BTW SWI2:

You don't ever IMO need to pay for the "Server" version of these products -- you can manage very well with the Desktop version --only costs around 40 USD for typical products. If you have a Linux server just use BRU BACKUP or equivalent to backup the server AND CLIENTS.

Just fire up a Virtual Linux server -- it can backup real Windows clients too --save a fortune on "Server" type software.

Cheers
jimbo
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05 Jun 2011   #15
Todd Sauve

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

OK, now we're back to normal again, so to speak!

I uninstalled the Todo Pro 2.5 version and reinstalled the Todo Free 2.5.1 version. Then I did a disc cleanup on my C drive, the 60 GB SSD. This got rid of 800 MB of dumped system memory files (from BSODs when the PC did not wake from Sleep mode properly--a chronic problem with SSDs) and some other much smaller things. Then I ran the drive image program and Todo Free completed the task in only 8 minutes 53 seconds!

To see if this was really for real, I then ran the Seagate DiscWizard program and it completed in 5 minutes again!!!

I don't know why this is all working properly again but I'm sure not going to complain about it!

I suspect that perhaps the 100 MB Win 7 Restore partition got too close to its critical used space level and acted like a spanner dropped into the gears.

One odd thing about the Todo backup is that it also backs up the Pagefile, a completely empty 3.5 GB file in my case, and that is probably why it takes a few minutes longer than the Seagate DiscWizard program which doesn't do that. Neither does the Paragon version.

Anyway, the Paragon 2011 Free program is going in the dumpster. Its boot disc will simply not activate my mouse and it has become much too hit or miss on whether or not it will restore the image. You simply can't have that kind of behaviour from an image backup and restore program.

Thanks to everyone for their help! I really appreciate all of you folks' input!
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