Quick methods of backing up - How long to back up a Windows 7 100GB hard drive

My setup is as follows:-

Windows 7 PC
100Gb data
Backup program Cobain Backup Boletus
Network drive - Buffalo Link station

It takes a very long time to backup - i.e 6 days! each time.

I am looking for something that will be a bit quicker!

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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Looks like you are using File level backup. You need to backup entire partition instead. Is there such option in Cobian?
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
100GB should be imaged for 30-45minutes normally. Try this free tool that takes partition level images: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/download.html
It does backup partition of the same amount for 45-50 minutes.
Aaron TomoskySD-WAN SimplifiedCommented:
Is the network at 10mbps? Can you test the connection speed to the buffalo with a simple file transfer?
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MawallaceAuthor Commented:
I am looking for a backup solution where by I can access individual files easily in the case o frecovery - i.e I do not want to have to reinstall the entire partion!
if you want to go for a paid solution then check out "Storagecraft shadowprotect".

It's i nice backup solution with much more functionality. Fast  reliable easy and Yes, you can just right click on a image and mount it to access the files/folder for recovery. It gives you functionality of resotre the entire drive as well incase of complete failure or if you just want to test something =>install Virtualbox on your system and you can create a virtual instance of your system in just about minutes by selecting any images.

Its a volume level backup solution..

There are two issues that I can see here.
1.  Speed.  I would be looking at your general file transfer speeds to your Buffalo drive.  If you are using USB, try a different port on the PC.  If it is network, have a look at the setup on the network card or the network switch you are using.  Your 100Gb backup should run well under an hour.
2.  Backup software.  I will second the Shadow Protect software.  It will backup at the sector level.  It doesn't care what data it contains.  If the sector has changed, it will back it up.  Jut be mindfull that it willl want to backup your entire disk.  This will not be a problem unless your external storage is less than your computer drive.  This software is really quick after the initial backup.  Average backups taking less than 5 minutes.  You also have the option of virutial booting your backup at any point in time relating to any of the backups taken.  It is well worth a look.

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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Actually you can easily browse entire partition backup and restore necessary files from it. That is fact. And no restore of entire partition is required. On the other hand backup of entire partition is always quicker.
You can try to go with Acronis TrueImage - http://www.acronis.com.
I'm using it and it backs up my laptop fully within 3-4 hours and then differential within 1 hours or if many change 1.5 hours.
It creates images of the volume which you can easy recover to new hard disk in case of failure.
In addition to that once you have disk imaged you can mount it as another volume on the cmputer, which will supply you with requierd option of accessing particular files.

Hope that helps.
MawallaceAuthor Commented:
Acronis True Image - does this work with Windows 7 well. I tried it with Vista a few years ago and it always gave me grieve - with lots of UAC prompts on reboot etc.

What about Storage Shadow protect - does that work will with Windows 7?
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Yes, they all work with Windows 7.
I would recommend as commercial version of backup solution Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Home http://www.paragon-software.com/home/brh/
It is not expensive but it is 100% Windows 7 compatible and it does what is says it can do.
Acronis Trueimage wotks with Windows 7. I'm running it on Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit in addition, so no problem with 64-bit version of OS even.
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