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Windows 7: Backing up to a sandisk 8 gb cruzer

05 Dec 2010   #21
PattiChati

Windows 7 Home Premium SP 1, 32-bit
 
 

How do I create folders on the disk and how can it take 22 hrs to copy just 3 gb of documents. There are only about 12 things in teh file. Thanks you guys, you have been great. And I also need a backup program that supports incremental updates - can you explain to me what that is?


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05 Dec 2010   #22
parabellum

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

For the first one, right click then new folder, for the last look here:

Best Free Backup Program

For the file transfer, it depends on the file but it shouldn't take that long. Does the time eventually reduce?
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05 Dec 2010   #23
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1. To create a folder you right click on the stick (in the left pane of Explorer), go to New > Folder. Then give it a name.

2. The 22 hours is unreal. Check the File System of the drive (in Properties) . It should be Fat32. I wonder also whether the ports are running on USB 1.1. in lieu of USB 2.0. But that is not easy to find out unless you get a message that the stick would perform faster in USB 2.0. Anything with USB ports is messy - since ages.

3. Incremental or differential backups are typically used by imaging programs. Free Paragon would be a candidate. The imaging has the added advantage that it compresses the data and thus uses less space.
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06 Dec 2010   #24
PattiChati

Windows 7 Home Premium SP 1, 32-bit
 
 

I think stuff is getting backed up on the drive - finally - but how do I create folders. Thanks so much
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06 Dec 2010   #25
parabellum

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Either as WHS suggested or right click and select new -> folder when a file or folder isn't selected.
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14 Jan 2011   #26
PattiChati

Windows 7 Home Premium SP 1, 32-bit
 
 

I could not just do a regular backup with my usb. So I just put it in and just dragged the info I was interested in into it. Can anyone tell me why "documents" took forever and so much space? I just wanted my letters and there are hardly in there.
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14 Jan 2011   #27
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You are doing something wrong. The dragging technique is not the way of proper operation. It can give you all kinds of results. Use this: Context Menu - Add Copy To Folder and Move To Folder Then you know that you get a proper result.

Also, is your USB stick formatted in Fat32? If not, format it to Fat32 (quick format). NTFS on sticks is a lot slower and wears the stick a lot more.
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14 Jan 2011   #28
PattiChati

Windows 7 Home Premium SP 1, 32-bit
 
 

Thank you for every thing you said, but I have no idea what you said. I did not drag the information like I said I did, I right clicked and sent to usb drive.
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14 Jan 2011   #29
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PattiChati View Post
Thank you for every thing you said, but I have no idea what you said. I did not drag the information like I said I did, I right clicked and sent to usb drive.
OK, that clarifies that one. "Send to" is a copy operation and should work.

If it takes very long, it could be only because your stick is very slow (and many cheap sticks have a dismal transfer rate which you can test with HD Tune), and/or the stick is formatted in NTFS (which you will see in Properties of the stick).
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14 Jan 2011   #30
James Colbert

 
 

If your budget isn't too tight, here's a very reasonably priced 8GB stick that has a 'speed class rating' of 200x. I don't know what that translates too in real world write speed, but I have a few, and copies are much, much faster than my Cruzer. 5 star rating with 1200 reviewers (you should be able to find some write speeds in the user reviews). It's $18.

James

Edit:

Sorry, forgot link:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220252
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