External drive capacity for Complete Image Backup

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Frank C, Dec 11, 2008.

  1. Frank C

    Frank C Guest

    I have Win Vista Ultimate 64bit. I want to try the Complete backup Image from
    the Backup and Restore Center.
    My external drive is 189GB. My "C" drive is 455GB with 221GB used.
    Does the backup Program do any data compressing that would allow me to use
    that external drive?
    Frank C
    Dell Inspiron 530S
    Win Vista Ultimate 64 bit SP1
    Dell studio laptop
    Win Vista Ultimate 64 bit SP1
    HP Photosmart D7260
     
    Frank C, Dec 11, 2008
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  2. Compression is used but there is no way to know how much files will
    compress. In general, executable files are already compressed, and most
    music/video files compress poorly because of the random nature of their
    data. You would do well to get a larger external drive and be sure it will
    work.
     
    Richard G. Harper [MVP], Dec 11, 2008
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  3. Frank C

    Frank C Guest

    Thanks for the reply Richard, I'll get a bigger external disk. Do you have
    any recomendations?
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    Frank C
    Dell Inspiron 530S
    Win Vista Ultimate 64 bit SP1
    Dell studio laptop
    Win Vista Ultimate 64 bit SP1
    HP Photosmart D7260


     
    Frank C, Dec 14, 2008
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  4. Despite what others may say, hard drives are pretty much a "commodity
    item" - no one is much better or worse than any other simply based on brand
    name. Some swear that Brand X fails twice as often as Brand Y but in
    reality they're all pretty much the same given the same specs, intended use,
    etc.

    Find one that meets the size you need, don't bother with ones with huge
    buffers or high rotation speed because in an external USB housing (assuming
    it's USB) the maximum speed will be limited by the USB port and is far
    slower than even the slowest hard drive you can buy today. If it's a
    FireWire or eSATA drive then you may wish to consider speed versus price
    versus the fact it won't be used every day.

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    Richard G. Harper [MVP], Dec 14, 2008
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