Page 5 of 8 FirstFirst ... 34567 ... LastLast
  1.    4 Weeks Ago #40

    Yes I've noticed that too. I guess it's down to the way compression works. Maybe empty sectors which are not copied.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    A Finnish ex-pat in Germany
    Posts : 9,109
    Windows 10 Pro
       4 Weeks Ago #41

    Mooly said: View Post
    A peculiar observation I've noted with Macrium differential backups that I can not explain. If a differential backup always refers back to the base image as a reference, then we would expect each subsequent run of the program to give a backup file that is larger than the last. Mostly that seems to apply, however occasionally I get sequences that defy logic.
    Logic remains

    There are multiple factors behind why the size varies. Which sectors are copied as Kado said, has there been a lot of stuff in recycle bin and maybe a large Windows.old folder in previous differential which were cleaned before the next one, uninstalled programs and deleted files being bigger than those added, and so on.

    A simple example: Differential backup contains two Windows 10 ISO images user forgot to delete before the backup from Downloads folder. Before next differential user deletes those, or moves them to an external disk, has not installed no new software and only created a few new documents.

    In that case the later differential would be several gigabytes smaller than the one preceding it.

    Logic: If changes made since last differential backup have decreased the used space on disks included in a new differential backup, the differential image made will be smaller than the previous one.
    Last edited by Kari; 4 Weeks Ago at 07:38. Reason: Lot of typos in a short post :)
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  3. Joined : Jun 2014
    UK
    Posts : 617
    W10 pro x64 and W10 x86
       4 Weeks Ago #42

    Thanks guys

    Kari,

    Logic: If changes made since last differential backup have decreased the used space on disks included in a new differential backup, the differential image made will be smaller than the previous one.
    That suddenly all makes more sense. I do tend to accumulate a lot of 'bits' in the recycle bin although mostly small in size in the scheme of things. Certainly never more than a few 10's of mb mostly. The drive is an SSD, I wonder if the way it handles sectors and 'trim' commands has something to do with this as well.

    Thanks
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  4. Joined : Nov 2016
    Posts : 23
    Windows 10 Pro
       2 Weeks Ago #43

    I'm a newbie here, but I've posted in SevenForums. I have a brand-new Dell Win 10 laptop. I'm not a techie.

    Here is my question: If I use Macrium Free, will it eliminate the need for all the windows recovery stuff that I can see here:

    - Control Panel > Backup and Restore > Create a system image
    - Control Panel > Backup and Restore > Create a repair disc
    - Control Panel > Recovery > Create a recovery drive

    After 50 years of using Windows, I still don't entirely trust any native software related to disks, backups, recovery, or System Restore. I prefer to use third-party tools such as Partition Wizard.

    As usual, I plan to delete the recovery partition in order to release disk space.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  5. Joined : Jul 2014
    Serbia
    Posts : 7,178
    All kinds
       2 Weeks Ago #44

    Yes, you can use MR exclusively. It's much better then native tools.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  6. Joined : Nov 2016
    Posts : 23
    Windows 10 Pro
       2 Weeks Ago #45

    Thanks for the reply.

    If it had been any faster, it would have preceded my OP.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  7. Joined : Feb 2015
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 13,452
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393 Multiprocessor Free
       2 Weeks Ago #46

    OldGrantonian said: View Post
    I'm a newbie here, but I've posted in SevenForums. I have a brand-new Dell Win 10 laptop. I'm not a techie.

    Here is my question: If I use Macrium Free, will it eliminate the need for all the windows recovery stuff that I can see here:

    - Control Panel > Backup and Restore > Create a system image
    - Control Panel > Backup and Restore > Create a repair disc
    - Control Panel > Recovery > Create a recovery drive

    After 50 years of using Windows, I still don't entirely trust any native software related to disks, backups, recovery, or System Restore. I prefer to use third-party tools such as Partition Wizard.

    As usual, I plan to delete the recovery partition in order to release disk space.
    Yep, it sure does. It is pretty much the general consensus here, the Windows 10 own image backup and recovery is verrrrry unreliable to the point of uselessness.
    I Have been using Macrium since Windows 8.1, and have also stopped using restore points(another useless recovery option in my opinion).
    Being I use an SSD and have not only a Macrium USB, but also a recovery boot option on my SSD, if I nuke my system, it is only a matter of minutes before I'm up and running. My images are on a HDD, but after Macrium PE reads it into memory, the recovery goes very fast.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  8. Joined : Nov 2016
    Posts : 23
    Windows 10 Pro
       2 Weeks Ago #47

    .
    Thanks for both responses.

    I'll start MF now.
    .
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  9. Joined : Aug 2015
    Maine
    Posts : 19,925
    Windows10Pro 64Bit on 2 DeskTop Computers
       2 Weeks Ago #48

    OldGrantonian said: View Post
    .
    Thanks for both responses.

    I'll start MF now.
    .
    Try to keep your Macrium Reflect image's on a separate hard drive or better yet, a External Hard Drive if possible.
    Best method is to use external HD , prices are pretty cheap for them these days.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10.    2 Weeks Ago #49

    Don't forget to create the Macrium recovery disk/USB and test it at least to the point of being able to boot and locate your images.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


 
Page 5 of 8 FirstFirst ... 34567 ... LastLast


Similar Threads
Tutorial Category
Solved Macrium Reflect user? Upgraded Win 10? Check your backup definition
I thought I'd share something which just caught me out with Macrium Reflect Free. The Win10 upgrade seemed to cause Macrium to change the scope of what it backed up, and effectively exclude a partition form being backed up. My old laptop which I...
Software and Apps
Macrium reflect - running a backup/image question
I run Macrium reflect free & create an image every week but have always assumed it created a new image (due to my choosing full backup every time) but had used a small 1TB HD for backup so didn't notice anything amiss. Recently I began using a 4TB...
Performance & Maintenance
Solved Missing backup definition files in macrium reflect
I have two backup tasks that appear in the "scheduled backups" tab, and they run on schedule, but they don't appear in the "backup definition files" tab. This happened due to an uninstall and reinstall. How can I get them back into the "backup...
Software and Apps
Solved Macrium Reflect restore over corrupt drive?
This morning I had a computer crash . Somehow it got stuck on an upgrade . I Booted into system restore and tried to restore to earlier date. Error message came up indicating I had drive issues so I continued with the offer to scan and repair the...
Software and Apps
Solved Macrium reflect doesn't find RAID HDD's for RESTORE but SEES on BACKUP
Hi there Trying to restore an image on to a RAID 0 SSD from stand alone version. After loading the RAID driver Macrium SEES all the HDD's and can select images etc. However when TARGET destination is chosen No HDD's are seen. !!! ...
Software and Apps
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:37.
Find Us
Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 10 Forums