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Is it normal for Back up files to use 20 disks?

I have Windows Vista Home Premium on a pretty new HP computer and backed up my files through Help. It took 20 disks and 4 and half hours. Is this normal? I didn't know it at the time, but another computer was on the house with a wireless modem. I want to upgrade to Windows 7, but I am researching threads on CNET.

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In reply to: Is it normal for Back up files to use 20 disks?

It depends on how many files, how big they were, etc. It may very well be normal, but you left out key details that allow for a definitive answer.

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In reply to: Is it normal for Back up files to use 20 disks?

Are we talking CDs or DVDs? BIG difference. But even CDs, that's a lot of files. What are you backing up? If you're backing up the entire PC (not recommended) then it will take a lot. And if these disks are Write only, you're gonna spend a lot in disks.

Best to only back up what you can't afford to loose such as pictures, music, documents, etc. The rest can be restored with the factory discs.

What I prefer is an external hard drive or internal slave. Takes a tenth of the time and I back up only what I don't want to loose. Yes, hard drives crash. But the chances of both drives crashing at the same time are minimal. I actually back up my web site to an internal slave drive and to DVD-RW. And once a month or so I clone my drives to yet other external drives. I do not use backup software. I've seen too many horror stories of the backup being corrupt, having to install the backup software again, etc.

Windows is a resource hog. Make sure the PC is up to snuff before you attempt it. Go to the Microsoft W7 tool and test it first.

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Thank you!

In reply to: Yep.

I was using CD-R 700 MB disks and since the computer is new, there wasn't many new files on it.I clicked back up my files and 20 disks later it was successful. Thanks again for your input.

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computer is new, there wasn't many new files...

In reply to: Thank you!

As previously stated; if you are backing up all the files/ folders on your new computer, you will be spending way too much money for cd's.

Even though you may not have many programs, I know that the Vista program itself is about 4 GB's of data. This means that you would need 6 Cd's just for this one folder.

I have to agree with everyone else, backup only what is necessary (photos, etc.), not programs.

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