I ran into a strange problem with Windows 7 Backup & Restore.
I've got the following setup:
- Internal ssd with c: (system), 80GB
- Internal hard drive e: (data), 320GB, 100GB used
- External hard drive (3TB) with three partitions: g:, h: and I:
g: and h: have data (mainly movies), I: is my backup partition for Windows Backup & Restore.
In the Backup & Restore control panel, under 'change settings', g: and h: are unchecked (--> no backup for g: and h:). Nevertheless, when I choose 'restore my files', g: and h: appear in the files that can be restored, with many movies that are on those two partitions. Consequently, my backup file is ~500GB and I almost reached the limit of my backup partition. Also, backup takes ages (~1 hour, without system image) to complete.
So here are my questions:
- How can I exclude partion g: and h: from being backuped? What else could I try, except unchecking these participions under 'change settings'?
- I wouldn't like to have a 500GB backup file for my 100GB data disk (e:). How can I delete all the movies from g: and h: without deleting the backups of e:?
- 'Include a system image of drives: System reserved, C:' is unchecked in the backup settings.
- I'm sure that on neither g: nor h: are any programs, system files or installed services. Data consists of exclusively movies and music.
Thanks for all the answers. None of the proposed solutions worked in my case. I finally solved the problem by formatting partition h: of my external hard drive. I then chose this partition as my backup drive, with exactly the same settings, and everything worked as expected (~150GB backup size, 10-15 minutes for incremental backup). Why? No idea...
I marked Nick Josevskis answer as the right one, because it might help others with the same problem.
PS: Sorry, don't have enough reputation to up-vote your answers.