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I have a wdc ser no wcapo2184087. I HAVE BACKED UP TO MY from my computer c drive 20GB to my wdc external hard drive. My backup on my external hard drive shows 1.07 GB. Is this compression normal?

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  • patsal317 Apr 23, 2008

    I asked a question if backing up a 20GB harddrive and condencing it to a 1.07GB
    backup was normal? You did not answer the question.

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What's the memory capacity of your harddrive? Did you backup the entire files of your system to your hard drive or just some files?

Posted on Apr 23, 2008

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    Edgar Allan Pagayona Apr 23, 2008

    Here you can find info how to back up files on this link

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309340

    or

    http://www.microsoft.com/protect/yoursel...

    and tips for backing up files

    http://www.microsoft.com/protect/yoursel...

    chances are if you already reformatted your c drive then we cant retrieve them anymore.

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    Edgar Allan Pagayona Apr 23, 2008

    Here are other info before backing up files so that you wont lose important datas..

    http://www.microsoft.com/protect/yoursel...



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    Edgar Allan Pagayona Apr 23, 2008

    I know the question that will run on your mind is

    Is it possible to retrieve files after a computer is reformatted?Try this site and this might be of help.

    http://www.iomegadatarecovery.com/recove...

    or
    http://www.iomegadatarecovery.com/

    pls dont forget to rate if helpful, thanks!!

  • Edgar Allan Pagayona
    Edgar Allan Pagayona Apr 23, 2008

    NO that is not normal, it should actually save backup as 20gb as well.

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No the file has not been copied or backed up propertly, can you tell me which utility have you used to backup the harddrive.

Posted on Apr 23, 2008

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