I got Vista Ultimate installed and I immediately began to digg the new backup
features. I'm getting confused about the how everything works with Shadow
Copy vs Backup and Restore.
I've got a 750GB internal storage drive that registers 698GB. I have an
external drive that is the same, 750GB but registers 698GB. My internal
storage drive has 125GB free.
Prior to Vista I always used a program called Second Copy to keep an exact
copy of the folders on my storage drive on my backup drive. If I deleted
somethign on the storage it would be deleted from my backup drive. It always
maintained an exact copy. This does NOT allow me to recover "previous
So upon installing Vista I went ahead and wiped out my external drive. I
then went into Backup and Restore and it detected my external drive and then
I told it to backup all documents on C: and D:. I set it for daily at 8:00
It's been 2 days now and the backup has still not completed. It created a
folder on my backup drive named the computer name and within that has a
single folder called Backup Set 3-18-2007. Then within that, though, are 4
folders. 2 from the 18th and 2 from the 19th.
Basically, where I'm getting confused is what exactly is backup and restore
doing? Does it keep an exact copy of my documents on the backup drive the
same way Second Copy did? will the fact that I'm working with just a little
over 100GB free on each drive come into play with multiple copies of files
Also, it seems that Shadow Copy and Backup & Restore are separate
features..?? Shadow Copy by default takes 15% of your volume to allow for
shadow copies to be kept and "previous versions" to work. I was looking at
this article, though: http://technet2.microsoft.com/Window....mspx?mfr=true
and I got confused because it says to turn on Shadow Copy for an external
disk go to System Protection and check your disk in Available Disks. System
Protection seems to be for System Restore, though. It doesn't say anything
about Shadow Copy there. Also, right now the only thing checked there is my
C: drive, but if I right click on files on my D: drive shadow copy does
indeed show me some previous versions.
The way I'd like for things to work is that Shadow Copy, using 15% of my
internal volumes drive by default, allows me to use the "previous versions"
features. Then, Backup & Restore keeps an exactly copy of my documents on my
external drive. If a file changes, it updates it, but does NOT update files
that have not changed.
is that the way things are going to work or do the backup jobs always make
new backfups of files even when they haven't changed?
Any information I can get on all of this to help straighten me out would be
greatly appreciated. Thanks!