Windows 10: Contradictory sizes for Windows image?

Discus and support Contradictory sizes for Windows image? in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; I'm trying to understand contradictory numbers about the size of the image which I've just made with the Win 7 tool. Win 10 File Explorer... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by Terrypin, Aug 31, 2017.

  1. Terrypin Win User

    Contradictory sizes for Windows image?

    I'm trying to understand contradictory numbers about the size of the image which I've just made with the Win 7 tool.

    Win 10 File Explorer nonsensically reports most of the folders associated with the data backup and image as having zero size. So I used TreeSize instead. This says that the image uses 156.2 GB and the data backup 89.3.

    But this is contradicted here:

    Terry, East Grinstead, UK

    Terrypin, Aug 31, 2017

  2. Ovi maps not available for 5800XM via Ovi Store


    The crazy thing is that information is contradictory in that it is showing correct file size of 10.03MB for OVI Maps application for 5800XM and if you amend the .url of which not too happy discussing on forum it will deliver the version that is needed for
    this device!
    aspergerguy, Aug 31, 2017
  3. Why I have folder called Documents under my user in the Explorer? One is from OneDrive and it's confusing!!!

    so whats contradictory in my question?
    AlonsoGutierrez Chavez, Aug 31, 2017
  4. Contradictory sizes for Windows image?

    I suspect that's because Windows Backup has it's own idea of what a "system" file is.

    All the more reason to avoid it.

    Why mess with something you don't understand that is also cranky and inflexible?

    It works well enough if you understand it and can live with it's limitations and idiosyncrasies.

    But why bother when there are readily available straightforward substitutes?
    ignatzatsonic, Sep 1, 2017
  5. Bree New Member
    It's permissions, your system images are being protected.

    Although an administrator account has permission to look inside the WindowsImageBackup folder and see that it contains a folder with your PC's name, you don't have the required permissions to look any deeper - hence File Explorer cannot see the size of the files it contains. A standard user can't even look inside WindowsImageBackup.

    If you try to look inside your PC's folder you will get a prompt saying...
    Click Continue and you will find the folders Backup, Catalog, Logs, and SPPMetadataCache. You don't (yet) have permission to access those either. If you click 'Continue' for each folder and get permanent access, then File Explorer will be able to report sensible sizes.

    Of course, you now have to be careful not to damage anything in there, the system image backup is known to be 'fragile' and apparently innocuous changes can break its ability to restore an image.
    Bree, Sep 1, 2017
  6. Terrypin Win User
    Thanks Bree, understood.
    Terrypin, Sep 1, 2017
  7. Terrypin Win User
    You're right, but curiosity can be a powerful motivator!

    Yep, as mentioned up-thread I'm sold on investing the effort in learning how to use Macrium Free. Doesn't stop me wishing for a neatly integrated no-brainer though.
    Terrypin, Apr 5, 2018

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