Having bought an Iomega External drive (NTFS) on which to do back-ups of my C: disk (system files) and E: disk (data, music, pictures etc), I also downloaded the free Retrospect Express software that came with it. I successfully programmed "scripts" to do regular back ups, and the backup of my C: disk (which is NTFS and contains my system files) went fine and is rapid (3 hours the first time, less than one hour for subsequent back-ups). However, the back-up of my E: disk (which is FAT32 and contains music, data and image files) took FOREVER (3 days, and counting, it never actually finished the back up as my computer just "froze"). When I checked, I noticed that SOME of my files had in fact been backed up, but not all. It was just so SLOW. It's the same when I do a simple "duplicate" ie. really slow, and freezing the computer before it finishes. Is this due to the fact I'm trying to back-up from an older FAT32 type drive to an NTFS one?
My system is Windows XP SP3. My C: disk is 80 Go, my E: disk is 250 Go and my Backup disk is 1 To.
The Dantz website is hopeless, there's no help for my problem there. Does anyone have advice? I don't have huge amounts of data to back up, it's not totally essential but would be a pain to lose it. Can I just do occasional simple "copies" of "My documents" that I "send to" my back up disk instead of using a backup programme?
Many thanks for any enlightenment.