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Backup Hard Drive ends up with 20 gig more

I cancelled an attempt to backup my primary hard drive to another usb hard drive. I restarted it and when the message to replace existing files came up I selected, "Dont copy existing files" and checked "Do this for all 4,000 instances," with the intent on speeding up the restarted copy by only copying files that did not exist. What I discovered at the end of the backup was that my backup drive had 20 Gigabytes more than the original.

How can I VERIFY that I do not have extra copies of files?

Is there a better way of creating an exact backup of my hard drive without using Explorers copy and paste? I dont want a .BKF but an exact, working copy. Im using Vista Business.


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Image or clone.

Image?'s a free one.
I use it ..... seems to work fine.
There are others....use google.


Perhaps visit the maker of your machine... Dell/HP etc. or the maker of your HD...WD...Segate...Maxtor......they usually have a HD>HD copy util you can download.

There are other clone utils....use google.

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Extra Space taken up by System Volume Information Folder

I discovered there were no extra files. The System Volume Information System/Hidden folder had over 30 gig in it and thats what took up all the extra space.

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