I have used Norton Ghost for many years to do backups of a relatively small OS-partition, c: 15 GB but only used 7 GB, and had almost all applications and games on d: and it worked very well. As years passed I bought a new computer and it had support for Intel Matrix Raid 0 + 5, and had 3 x 500GB Seagate and setup 120GB Raid 0 volume c: very fast slice 300MB/sec, and 850B Raid 5 volume d: slow but "safe".
I had to change my usual ghost backup strategy as I wanted to have that performance for a few new games and installed them on c: but todays games are quite harddiskhungry so ghost backups of 100 GB would take alot of space and time if you do several.
I then did it another way by copying the installed directory of Crysis to d: (lets call it d-copy) and deleted them from c: as it usually is only a few files that changes, if you look at the filesize, and the ghostfiles were down from 100GB in size to 7-8 GB.
Well, to make make a long story short, my Raid 0 + 5 crashed and I'm not into that Raid crap again and have just 1TB with c: d: and was going to do a ghost in the same way now I got Crysis installed and some nice config as I renamed the itīs game folder and used the old "D-copy" from before the crash and it work well but it is different compared the new installation folder of Crysis, with all patches etc,
...I noticed that the old Crysis ghost image had the same file size but the file content was different when I did a file compare.
I had not noticed this before the crash but is normal for Crysis?
As I have been doing this for years manually and other games always had the same content, doing file size compare only on a few files, and the games worked.
I guess I must be some difference and that it sooner or later will tell so is it back to wasting 6 GB extra for each Ghost backup to be sure it is in a safe config?
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