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Jeremy7777

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ok, I had 250g of used memory on my lap top, and was not backing up my system before now because i haven't used this laptop in a few years. I plugged in my 300g external drive and started the back up. About 45 min, to an hr later the back up stopped.  I followed the instructions for restarting the back up, then after another 45 min  or so it stopped again.  It says there's 50g now added to my ext hd.  I dont know how many gigs were being actually backed up because i used the normal back up method as opposed to the custom back up. At this point I don't know whether to restart the back up, or do I need to restore the portion transferred, or did all of the memory transfer as only 50g worth back up? note...I'm still on the back up screen and still plugged in, is this a risk being in this state of transfer? :alarm: 


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Which backup software you use for backing up files and what is the error message says when backup fails. Which Windows OS version your using on laptop. Open Command Prompt as a administrator and type Chkdsk C: /r  press enter key to schedule a next reboot repair of C: partition system files and bad sectors this repair may take long time to finnish so do not interrupt the repair process.


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ok thanks, ill get back to you when its finished


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What is your OS?

Which backup program are you using?


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I used windows to back up onto my 300g external hd. I may be ok, I was just confused because I have used up 250g on my Toshiba satellite  but the backup was only 50g, the installer listed 3 files that did not download, I don't think they were important but I honestly don't know>


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this is a screen shot of the finished process

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windows 7 is my os


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I used windows to back up onto my 300g external hd. I may be ok, I was just confused because I have used up 250g on my Toshiba satellite  but the backup was only 50g, the installer listed 3 files that did not download, I don't think they were important but I honestly don't know>

Well you might probably be okay. Windows Backup by default is only backing up the files that are in the Users directory, and not System files and program files etc.

 

To be sure head over, in Windows Explorer to the default drive (Usually C:), right click on the folder named "Users" and click on Properties. Look how much gigs is in there.


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size 53g

on disc 52g


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size 53g

on disc 52g

So basically all that is said to be backed up is backed up.

 

Here you have from Microsoft about what windows is bacing up: http://windows.micro...iles-to-back-up


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thanks. The reason I did the initial back up was because Id like to free up memory (photos, like 10,000 or more) by storing them on my external and possibly a cloud drive, but in order to quickly access the files that are compressed on the ext drive what would your advice be?


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or scratch that and just give advice in general as to back ups and removing memory to a safe place to keep the laptop running smoothly?


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or scratch that and just give advice in general as to back ups and removing memory to a safe place to keep the laptop running smoothly?

If you still want to use this stuff regularly, I would just give it a normal copy to the ext drive, and then delete it from the internal.


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I would never delete my pictures, files, music, etc from the main drive.

That would leave you with only 1 copy. that being on your external drive.

If the external fails (and they do), then you have nothing.

 

My backup is using 2 different programs and going to 2 different external drives.

I still have my files on the main hard drive.

I also will do an image of the main drive at least 1 time a month.

 

I use Syncback Free and GFI back up Free


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123Runner, you're really very right. But in Jeremy7777's case the only reason for his backup is to empty off the main drive.
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