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        Paul T
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        I’ve installed VeraCrypt on the Windows 10 Home laptop, just in case it’s stolen / lost – no, Windows won’t protect your data via your Windows password.

        As it’s time for a Windows update I fired up the backup software (Aomei free) to update the backup before changing anything.

        A long time later, error, backup failed, out of space on external disk.
        That made no sense as I’ve been backing up to that disk for a while. Check space on the disk and on the laptop, all looks OK. Must be a hiccup so I fired off the backup again.

        A long time later, error, backup failed, out of space on external disk.
        Turns out, Aomei looks at the disk directly somehow and bypasses Windows, so it could only see a full disk (it’s encrypted) and wanted to backup the entire 250GB.

        Time for a different backup product methinks.
        Uninstalled Aomei and installed Macrium free.
        Macrium can see the disk, partitions and used space as expected. Backup took 10 minutes.

        I’ve not tested the other free backup products yet – saving it for a rainy day.

        cheers, Paul

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