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DirkP
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Sloooowww + other issues

Hi!

I really love the idea of Toucan. It's simple easy to use, gives access to saved/copied files even if the backup program is not at hand that's what I was looking for!
I've run a few tests and have to say, for now, I'll stick with DriveImage XML (tough it does not give the easy file access).

Reasons:
1. It's slooowww. I run Toucan under a freshly installed XP on a laptop. I have run a backup job of a drive (mirror update, checked Timestamps, attributes, read only) , about 10GB of files. It took 4 hours. (DriveImage took 20 minutes.) I have a lot of write protected files on the drive (windows xp installation files for custom installation cds). It seems it takes Toucan a lot of time to try and write error messages because it cannot write the time stamps. - After first run, I changed 1 file and added another. I excluded the "Recycle" folder (silly to include it on the initial run). It took Toucan nearly 2 hours to complete the job. It did not delete the Recycle-folder on the backup.

2. Toucan seems to slow down the computer significantly. During Backup, I only had Firefox and Explorer running. Any new screen took a loooong time. Any explorer operation took a long time. In particualr, getting back to Toucan Gui und progress window needed a lot of patience.

3. It would be nice to have timed jobs running automatically every day (like windows planned tasks). Any way to set this up? (I amnot familiar with scripts etc, is this a way to do it?)

4. Is there any way to include folders from different drives to one backup/mirror? (Windows Setting on C: and documents on D:)

5. I love the DriveImage XML to be plugged in into a boot CD. Also to image the OS-drive. Would be a perfect feature for Toucan, wouldn't it? Imaging, boot, and easily accessible automated backup, would be the ultimate backup tool. Wouldn't it?

Keep on going. If the speed issue can be fixed Toucan will be my first choice.

Steve Lamerton
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Here

we go,

  1. Yep, this has been noted in other forum posts and it has been significantly sped yup in the next release available as a pre-release in the beta testing forum.
  2. Hmm, what OS are you using, and if you open up Task Manager does it show 7zip as using nearly 100% of the CPU, or Toucan?
  3. This has been asked before, however I am yet to think of an elegant way to do this, with the portable nature of the program, what if you were on a different pc for example?
  4. Sure, just add another folder, that should do it
  5. So you would like a bootable version of Toucan? It isn't on the list todo at the moment to be honest, it is a major task

Thanks for the feedback, hopefully the next version will improve things for you.

DirkP
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Hi, thx for the fast

Hi, thx for the fast replay.

1. I will check the next version for sure.

2. Windows XP Home. My observation was during a mirror job as described. CPU was around 30%, any other tasks seemed too run okay, just the GUI was very slow during several runs (fresh boots between). - I tried Backup-to-zip (not 7zip), too, but aborted because it seemed to take ages.

3. Yes, I can see the problem. Anyway, Toucan seems to be a nice app to have on a desktop, too?

4. Well, I thought just that, but it didn't work. Additional folder did not show up in the mirror. Just as excluded folders were not deleted.

5. Yes! Worst case of a backup is when the computer gives "no OS found" on the screen (actually, just had this experience two weeks ago. A Knoppix CD did the job then, but could not access the backup files written and compressed by a win-based program. That's why I'm searching for a solution that works as long as the hardwware works.)

Dance your life!

Steve Lamerton
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So

does the new version fix any of these issues?

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