Posted 11 September 2015 - 11:49 AM
Problem with that approach is, if the computer comes across a file that is open and in use by another file, it halts with a message. The estimated time to do the backup is in the hundreds of minutes, so I walk away and do something else. When I return I find it stopped a few seconds after I left and sat there doing nothing for a couple hours. Now there is a partial backup and I have no way of knowing what has been backed up and what has not. The computer does not back up the files in the alphabetical order I see them on the screen. I tried Macrium. They let you do a free backup, give you a long key, and that's it. When you want to go get the files off the backup disk you find they want $ to allow you to retrieve them, and you can never find that key when you need it. Since the backup drive is so huge anyway, just back them uncompressed. Also, the computer halts the transfer if you try to copy a critical system file, .ini files, etc and asks if you really want to copy this file. There are many other instances of the darn thing stopping, too numerous to list. If I sit there and copy each file tediously it does not do this. When I finished I found 2GB missing. That was my question. I thought they might be in the Recycle Bin since that is not seen when you look at the individual files inside C:\. But no, there was at one time more than 3GB in the Recycle Bin, as per adding it up, but it only yielded 1.2GB when cleared, thus files in the Recycle Bin must be compressed. By the way, emptying the recycle bin allowed me to go from 36MB to 1.2GB of space and was a long way toward allowing a defrag. And a lot of the critical stuff I want is in Program Files, and scattered around in various other files, including the registry. Whenever I transfer a useful program that I downloaded and try to use it, the program always comes up with "can't find........" and it lists a long directory tree starting with WINDIWS or Program Files, or Documents and Settings, or nttools, etc. The writers of these programs scatter critical files all over the place. Many times the company that produced this device is out of business, and the driver needs files that are buried. I have chased these files down through 10, 11, 12 subdirectories and found at the end a single 4 digit number totally buried where you may never expect it to be.