Windows 10: Windows 10 backup is HUGE

  1.    22 Dec 2015 #1

    Windows 10 backup is HUGE


    My windows 10 back-up is taking over the world !

    I back-up to my Synology NAS from my PC and kep most of the settings as default. So it keeps multiple versions and backup of the normal directories - Documents, Photos etc.

    After about 3 weeks I logged into my NAS and saw my space had been largely used up - the Win10 back-up had taken up 1.2TB when I would have expected it to be 200-300 GB.

    On investigation it had created multiple versions of so many many files which are never touched or changed - downloaded program files, documents, home video files etc and this is what had taken up all the space.

    Of course I understand that it would keep multiple versions but surely only when the file had been changed ? Crazy and unusable otherwise.

    Any comments or solution. Now turned off and deleted and using Win7 but would rather use Win10 if I can solve this issue.

    Thanks all
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  2.    22 Dec 2015 #2

    Download Macrium Reflect, install, then make your image backup to a 2nd drive, either internal or external. Its a Free program and works a lot better than Windows backup, and much be reliable. You can also make a rescue disk, for your DVD or USB drive, which is bootable incase of emergency's. :)
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  3.    22 Dec 2015 #3

    I appreciate the advice which I will certainly investigate.

    But I would still be interested to know if my experience matches that of other people or if I have done something wrong. Hard to believe that MS would have included such a feature with a flaw like this. I accept that there may be other products out there that are better but is this really so poor ?
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  4.    22 Dec 2015 #4

    scp said: View Post
    I appreciate the advice which I will certainly investigate.

    But I would still be interested to know if my experience matches that of other people or if I have done something wrong. Hard to believe that MS would have included such a feature with a flaw like this. I accept that there may be other products out there that are better but is this really so poor ?
    All you have to do is read msg after msg over the last year or so on how reliable Windows backup can be. Some love it, some don't. I haven't used any windows backup since.....XP......but its always the user's choice of course.
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  5.    23 Dec 2015 #5

    I'm wondering if you might have your Windows Back Up Utility configured to run daily, which is creating an entire image of your main drive each time it runs.

    I have mine set up like that, but if I don't change the defaulted folder / file name, it just rights over itself with a new image. In your case, it seems as if it's creating another new image each time, rather than being replaced- if that's in fact the case.

    I agree, Macrium Reflect is great for the price (free), as is AOMEI and EaseUS.
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