Why is archive file so SMALL ?

Discussion in 'Paragon Drive Backup Product Line' started by Bansaw, Aug 8, 2013.

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  1. Bansaw

    Bansaw Registered Member

    Aug 8, 2013
    In Paragon2013 free I created a whole drive backup.
    The drive itself is 465GB. The archive is a tiny 4GB.

    This looks like some data was omitted surely!
    How come its that small?
  2. kronckew

    kronckew Registered Member

    Aug 27, 2006
    CSA Consulate, Glos., UK
    i don't use the paragon flavour, but the basics are the same for most imaging products, so i'll offer some generic advice which may or may not fit.

    does the drive have more than one partition? if more than one how is it partitioned?
    how much actual used space was on the drive/partition? was it a system drive/partition? was it a full image backup or an incremental

    most imaging software compresses the used data and essentially ignores unused sectors to save space. some data compresses more readily than others.

    my 128gb boot ssd has approx. 50 gb used. it is a single basic 'primary' ntfs partition.

    the full disk image with the default 'medium' compression is 36 gb. most of the 24 gb of OS data is not that compressible. (4gb sounds too small for a system drive)

    from my imaging software help file:
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