I did not expect that my next post will be about backup (the previous one was called “Is It Enough to Have a Backup Strategy?“). Again. However, it is.
Recently using my Windows 10 laptop I found that network performance was too slow.
There are many issues which can make your internet browsing slow. But when I was not able to watch a video from my network drive I understood that something was wrong. And this something is here, at home, internent provided is not involved. Therefore I decided to postpone a video, and to find out the root of the problem.
Step 1: task manager. Task manager reported that my machine was sending data with speed 30 Mbps. Interesting, and could explain why everything was that slow. But, this caused next question: why my machine sends that much data and where to?
Step 2: resource monitor. Usually resource monitor shows detailed information on process level. So, I expected to find there an exact name of program responsible for strange traffic. Resource monitor said me that responsible for aggressive outgoing traffic is “System”. Unfortunately “System” is not something I can stop or uninstall.
Step 3: Google. At this step I was mostly sure that the tool responsible for my problem is built-in file history backup (new backup tool of Windows 10). Google confirmed this. It also confirmed that I was not the only person who tried to clarify this issue. And that good solution does not exist.
Step 4: Used the only existing solution – turned file history backup off, and, finally, watched the video.
Theoretically “File History” backup is a cool, powerful and easy to use backup tool. Unfortunately it is not smart enough to detect that it disturbs normal user operations and pause itself or reduce its activity. And the real problem is – it is fully invisible and uncontrollable – one does not see that backup is ongoing and cannot pause/stop it. Fatal combination.
Now I’m looking for a good Windows backup tool. Would prefer hardware independent solution, but probably will use one from Synology.