Do you use your computer while it's running a full local backup?

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    Do you use your computer while it's running a full local backup?


    I have Easeus todo backup, I never use my computer while it's running a full backup because I think it might cause a problem with the backup.

    I can't find any info on this subject.
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  2. Bree's Avatar
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    CannonRebel said: View Post
    ....I can't find any info on this subject.
    Look up Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS). This is used to take a 'snapshot' of the system when the backup starts. This means you can continue to use the PC without altering what will be backed up. However, you may well find the PC is a bit too slow to be of practical use while a backup is in progress.

    Shadow Copy - Wikipedia
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    Thank you Bree, that article is quite helpful. Yes it does slow down my computer, but I see they provide a resource control for the backup speed, low, med, and high usage.
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    I don't use my PC while running backups although as has been pointed out, you certainly can if you wish. With an SSD it only takes a couple of minutes to run and so there is no hardship there.

    I also usually make the backup after a restart which ensures that all files are in a 'known' stable state (that's the best way I can explain that) as occasionally there can be files/processes 'hanging' and that need a shutdown/restart to complete their process. It shouldn;t really make any difference... I just feel happier with backups made from a known and 'quiet' state.
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    I use Uranium Backup which is normal desktop software and I continue working as it doesn't much strain on the system.
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    Hi there
    presumably if you need a system image then it doesn't make sense to use the machine while running a local backup on it -- whether or not shadow volume etc is on. Anything persistent such as data changes etc are unlikely to be copied to the backup -- it's possibly OK to use things like email (if IMAP or not stored locally on your machine) but seriously people backups on decent machines these days with sensible sized partitions (always separate OS from data and other partitions) only take around 15 mins or so -- so you have to ask yourself is it worth risking "contaminating" the backup.

    You can always do something else while the backup is running -- take the dog into the garden, have some beer etc etc etc.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Best way ( far out THE best !) is making your backups with boot-CD/ SD-card , "outside" Windows , so reboot and start your backup first , before going into Windows.................this way you dont interfere !
    Always make my backups this way , it NEVER failed ( saved my ass many times also !)
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    pietcorus2 said: View Post
    Best way ( far out THE best !) is making your backups with boot-CD/ SD-card , "outside" Windows , so reboot and start your backup first , before going into Windows.................this way you dont interfere !
    Always make my backups this way , it NEVER failed ( saved my ass many times also !)
    LOL, don't they though!
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  9.    #9

    I did a backup today with Acronis, while also watching the Wimbledon final and surfing the web. Can't see how that'd effect anything negatively.
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  10.    #10

    I have set Macrium to run a backup when I’m not using it.
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