In trying to backup my system drive C: with 31GB of files (total including the paging and hibernation files amounting to a total more than 5GB, but they were excluded from the backup) I got this "out of memory" notice from the program, though the system reports that it is using less than half of the total memory). What is really odd is that 34GB of backup files were generated before the crash about half way through the backup according to the progress bar, each 1GB, so that the backup would be lots bigger than the original, though the program is set for high slow compression.
Is backing up such a system just beyond WinRescue7?
Posted: January 19th, 2014, 2:55am
Yes, it might be beyond WinRescue 7. I don't know how the backup could be bigger than what is being backed up. If the files it is backing up are already compressed the backup may be just as big as what is being backed up but I don't know how it could be bigger.
If you have to use the Task Manager to "kill it", then WinRescue did not "collapse". If Windows tells you that WinRescue has stopped responding, you should ignore it because WinRescue is busy working. I am sorry that you are disappointed.
It cannot be "busy", as it stops working and says out of memeory. And when I ask it to close, it just tells me it is out of memory again, whether I click on the exit button in the lower left or the X button at the top right. And no matter how long I wait for it, it does not generate any further output files.
That sounds like there is not enough memory for WinRescue to run in. Something else on your computer may be using up all of the memory. Some software take up huge amounts of memory or they use up memory and then do not free up the memory when they stop using it, so that the longer you use them the less memory there is. Restarting your computer will free up the memory.
The memory meter on the system said 30% memory unused, and I tried running immediately after reboot, and it made no difference, despite that we were at 50% unused immediately after reboot. I have the maximal 4GB installed on my Win7 32bit system. If the memory were used up, I should have gotten a notice to increase virtual memory, no?
Should I try a reboot in safe mode to see if WinRescue7 can do it with essentially all memory free?
You are right, you should have gotten a notice to increase virtual memory. I don't know what the problem is. But I definitely would not recommend that you make backups that big. I am sure that is contributing to the problem.