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How can I back up my PC faster?

Asked by XOIIO (18120points) January 30th, 2011 from iPhone

I have had windows backup runing for 12 hours and it is only at 47%! My hard drive is 500GB, is there a program that can do a full backup any faster?

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jerv's avatar

That sounds to me like you are backing up over USB 1.x

I had similar issues when I had an old USB 1.1 external drive enclosure; it took me almost half an hour to copy less than 2 GB whereas I can copy that stuff to/from a USB 2.0 device in a few seconds.

XOIIO's avatar

I have USB 2.0, it took 3 hours to copy 250GB before. I am using my copy of acorns true image home, there is no progress on the bar though, and i can’t feel any movement in the external HD. it does say 10 hours though

jerv's avatar

Personally, I am a fan of Clonezilla, which is included with Parted Magic

If you want a CD then you can just burn the ISO as-is to create a boot disc, but the only way to get the current version working on a USB Flash drive is UNetbootin (You can get it standalone, but PM is so much more useful.)

According to the Clonezilla site, ”...At the NCHC’s Classroom C, Clonezilla SE was used to clone 41 computers simultaneously. It took only about 10 minutes to clone a 5.6 GBytes system image to all 41 computers via multicasting!”.

If your hard drive is totally full then you are still looking at a few hours, but maybe less of them with Clonezilla.

XOIIO's avatar

@jerv sweet! I only have 316 or so GB, and acronis looks frozen. I’ll try using my parted magic disc

jerv's avatar

To show you what type of weirdo I am, I keep an old 512MB Flash drive with the latest version of PM (which I just updated a few minutes ago) right between my handcuff key and my P-38 can opener. I am always prepared for some rather odd situations.

Good luck, and tell me how it goes :)

XOIIO's avatar

@jerv cool! Although I bet the police waoul take away the handcuff key. I’ve had it running for an hour or so and it’s 5% done

jerv's avatar

All I’m saying is that cops aren’t the only ones that legally have handcuffs. You probably don’t want to know more than that :D

Hmm… about 15GB/hr at that rate…

USB 2.0 should handle closer to 105GB/hr while USB 1.1 only handles 2.6GB/hr, so I doubt the issue is there. I mean, sometimes USB controllers do odd things, but not like that. I now my desktop system takes a slight hit due to having an 802.11n dongle in one of it’s USB ports.

Still, even at this rate, that should put you closer to 60% than 47% at the 12-hour mark.

I wonder… is that drive normally this slow? Is this the same one you copied 250GB in 3 hours with? If so, is it still in the same condition?

XOIIO's avatar

Yeah, it’s the same. It’s been 2 hours and it’s at 25%

The rate is 700mb a minute, which is weird.

XOIIO's avatar

Shit… The program froze! What do I do? The timer is even stuck.

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I restarted it and the same thing, it froze at 25%

XOIIO's avatar

Well, I downloaded easus todo backup, and I’m giving it a shot now

jerv's avatar

Are you sure your drive didn’t shit the bed already? Bad sectors do bad things.

XOIIO's avatar

No, I deleted and reformated that partition. As for my PC hard drive, I just did a complete reinstall a month or so ago, so I’m guessing it’s just something with the program.

jerv's avatar

Error-checking and data verification take time, and cloning tends to be more careful than regular copying. Maybe that’s it :/

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Well the backup worked, it ended up being 23some gigs.

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