Full Backup-What does it look like?

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by pachis, Aug 13, 2008.

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  1. pachis

    pachis Registered Member

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    My first FULL BACKUP of a 1TB hard drive with about 190GB on it resulted in 30 separate *.tib files all named the same, but with the name ending in increasing numbers from a1 thru 30. Each tib file is 4,194,304KB in size. Each subsequent file is with a date/time of about 3 to 4 minutes later than the proceding file. I thought the full backup image would result in a SINGLE tib file. What's going on?
    I've searched the pdf manual for ver.11 and the forums, but not found the answer; as a newbie, if it's a simple, frequently answered question, I apologize.
     
  2. MudCrab

    MudCrab Imaging Specialist

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    If the partition on which you saved the backup is formatted as FAT32, the image will be split into 4GB chunks due to filesize limitations. If the partition is NTFS the image would be in one file unless you specifically told TI to split it.
     
  3. Stache

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    Your backup drive is fomatted as FAT32 which has a 4GB file size limit.
    You need to change the format to NTFS.
     
  4. TheWeaz

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    Just to be clear - if you want 1 file then you need to format NTFS.
    Other than the multi-file thing, there's no real NEED to reformat.
    NTFS has advantages for sure, but as far as TI is concerned, it's not a need.
     
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    Just to be clear, 4GB = 4GB x 1024MB/GB x 1024KB/MB = 4,194,304 KB which is the file size you are seeing on your FAT32 formatted backup drive.
     
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    Just to be clear, I'll repeat the above. It is the disk where the backup file is being stored which needs to be NTFS if you want only one file.
     
  7. gabtug

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    Just to be clear.... ach who am I kidding? This is damn complicated!
     
  8. pachis

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    I reformatted my external disk drive to NTFS, did a full image, and, voila, I now have a single 120+GB single tib file.
    Thanks, people.
     
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