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Computer Q&A Board  /  Questions  /  WinRescue7 crashes with "out of memory" notice
Posted by: 2Shlow, January 17th, 2014, 2:50am
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 by: Ray, January 19th, 2014, 2:55am; Reply: 1
   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.
Posted by: 2Shlow, January 19th, 2014, 4:04am; Reply: 2
Of course the main problem is not the size, but that the program simply collapses, and it cannot even exit by itself, without the help of the Task Manager to kill it.

I found that the Windows 7 built in backup was able to do a complete backup of the C: drive, and the resulting file was only 23GB, which is lots less than 34GB for half the disk.

I can keep on using WinRescue 7 for daily backups of the heart of the system, but I was disappointed that it could not do the whole system disk.
Posted by: Ray, January 20th, 2014, 1:23pm; Reply: 3
   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.
Posted by: 2Shlow, January 20th, 2014, 9:15pm; Reply: 4
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.
Posted by: Ray, January 21st, 2014, 8:28am; Reply: 5
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.
Posted by: 2Shlow, January 21st, 2014, 9:48am; Reply: 6
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?
Posted by: Ray, January 22nd, 2014, 6:37am; Reply: 7
   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.
Posted by: 2Shlow, January 22nd, 2014, 6:47am; Reply: 8
OK.  I will continue using WinRescue7 for the daily backups of the heart of the system, just in case I need to roll back a day, and use the built-in Win7 backup for the whole C: drive weekly.

For years I ordinarily do a whole system backup every Friday morning with copies to both an internal drive and two external drives.
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