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Confused how a new drive appeared after backups?


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#1 funlover

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 12:21 PM

Ok so I probably shouldn't have tried 3 new software backup programs in same day, but I was trying to see which program I liked best.

The 3 are Paragon Backup & Recovery (Advanced) Free, FBackup & Macrium Reflect Free.
I started with a 500g external drive that had about 400g free space.
With Paragon, I wasn't sure which to do, so I first selected a "Transfer", then I did a "Backup". I didn't ask for a new partition.

With Macrium I selected Create a "Backup Image of an Entire disk". I didn't ask for a new partition here either.

With FBackup I just selected a backup of My Documents.

This morning I noticed a new drive in Computer with exactly the same properties as my C drive. I went to Macrium and clicked on "Browse an image or backup file". After doing that another drive with the exact same properties showed up in Computer??? Just to make sure that was what did it, I again "Browsed an image or backup file" and another drive showed up. What the heck is this all about?

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 03:15 PM

It may be a 'virtual' drive http://www.macrium.com/

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Create a 'Virtual' drive in Windows Explorer and recover selected files and directories using simple copy and paste operations.


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Posted 03 June 2011 - 04:55 PM

Thank you Jaycee for answering. I followed the link and searched for virtual, but found nothing. I don't see anything in the software either. What is the purpose of a virtual drive?

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 05:08 PM

Well I found this link http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd440865(WS.10).aspx#four. Maybe this will explain what they are for. I still would like to know how they were created though.




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