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Should Windows 7 Backup Images Take Up This Much Disk Space?

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I'm running Windows 7 64-bit and I have a Raptor 150GB HDD for storage only, I only have two stored image dated backups. Should Windows 7 be taking up this (130GB) much disk space?

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Systemlord.
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I'm running Windows 7 64-bit and I have a Raptor 150GB HDD for storage only, I only have two stored image dated backups. Should Windows 7 be taking up this (130GB) much disk space?

Thank you,
Systemlord.

Depends how much data you have backed up.
If your systems dedicated storage has 50GB of data stored, the system image will be the same size. It is as simple as that.
The image uses no compression. (Well, not in practical terms).
Edited by BradleyW - 6/22/13 at 9:19am
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Depends how much data you have backed up.
If your systems dedicated storage has 50GB of data stored, the system image will be the same size. It is as simple as that.
The image uses no compression. (Well, not in practical terms).

I wish it was that simply, I'm not sure I understand what dedicated storage means? I have a 150GB HDD. I only have two system image restore points,
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"System images are being created automatically". "You can free up space by keeping only the latest system image".
Option 1--> Let Windows manage the space used for backup history (maximum 41.92GB)
Option 2--> Keep only the latest system image and minimize space used by backup

It seems as if the maximum 41.92GB is being overridden somehow, Windows just attempted another backup, but there is not enough free space. If I delete the latest backup point I will only open up 6.6GB of space, something is seriously wrong here!


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Windows backup sucks, it will fill a TB if you let it.

Best just to create a single "data" folder, copy that to backup, refresh it as needed.
That way you do not rely on a specific operating system should you need to recover your information.
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I agree with All3n, windows Backup isn't really the best tool. It can also backup system files which adds a good amount of space.

If you don't want to manually back up your files, find a good free cross-platform backup tool. You might not need it now, but who knows in the future?
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You can say what you want to about windows back up but I have never had any problems with it and it doesn't take up that much space on my drive. I have used all of them from Acronis to Norton Ghost and only windows never failed me..

I don't know what is wrong there system lord. I use a USB drive and it is 500 GB and never filled up or even close to this..

I also put all Files in a folded with the date on it and make all new back up and Image after any new software of changes. ( well after a few days to make sure they are not causing problems)
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IDK, I tried it a few times, maybe you have some settings different. There is no need for such complexity. Why does it need to take more then a few minutes to figure out? Anyhow no biggie.

I myself don't need a back up software, it is much easier to copy and paste a folder to a safe place.

Everything is in C/DATA. I can literally just copy this and paste it to an external drive. I either copy the whole thing, or sometimes i just let it add the new files, skipping the duplicates etc.

I don't let or use Windows picture or music folders etc. I have my own picture and music folders etc. under C/DATA.

Makes updating to a new OS or computer a breeze.
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