Norton Ghost 10.0 Question
Posted 21 January 2007 - 10:24 AM
Posted 21 January 2007 - 12:54 PM
Basically, when you do an incremental backup, the software doesn't look at the data, it looks at the location of the data on the hard drive. Therefore if you do a backup, defrag the drive and then do an incremental backup, the Ghost software will spot that bits of the files aren't in the same places on the disk anymore and flag it up as a change. By the nature of defragmentation, it only means that the majority of the drive gets flagged as having been changed since the last backup, and that's why the file sizes go through the roof.
I personally would follow a more simple solution: Split the 200Gb into two partitions, and use one for your important stuff (documents, pictures, etc) and use the other one as a Ghost storage area. Just clone your installation to a ghost file on the second partition of the 200Gb drive. This way, when disaster strikes, replace the main drive and ghost it back from your backup file.
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