Backup & recovery free edition filetypes

Discussion in 'Paragon Drive Backup Product Line' started by jackmcguire99, Feb 4, 2010.

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  1. jackmcguire99

    jackmcguire99 Registered Member

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    Creating a full backup ftom Backup & recovery from hard drive results in 2 files - one small file and one large .pbf file

    When creating a full backup from recovery media 3 files are created - one small file, one large .pbf file and another large .001 file

    Why the difference?
    What is the .001 file?

    Your help is much appreciated
     
  2. Paragon_Tommy

    Paragon_Tommy Paragon Moderator

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    The difference is the image splitting. From the recovery media, the image split is enabled and every 2GB of data is written to individual files.

    PFM is the log file
    PBF is the restore file
    .000,001,002etc are the split files.
     
  3. jackmcguire99

    jackmcguire99 Registered Member

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    Thanks for that info Tommy.

    I see now the reason for the difference between running B&R from Windows and from the bootable recovery media. In the former splitting is turned on at 4000MB by default and in the latter splitting is turned on at 2000MB by default.

    So there were more split files in the bootable recovery media backup.

    If you are backing up to a hard disk drive, I imagine it would be safe to turn the split option off and as long as your hard drive is NTFS formatted (FAT only allows a max file size of 4GB!) the backup can be saved into a single file. If there's any disadvantage to doing this, please post a response explaining what that is.

    Thanks for your advice.
     
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  4. Paragon_MattK

    Paragon_MattK Paragon Moderator

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    jackmcguire99,

    You are correct, you can turn off the file splitting as long as it is saving the backup to an NTFS formatted drive, there is no disadvantage or danger in doing so. :)
     
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