Originally Posted by hugol
Huh? I don't get what modifications you are referring to? Sounds a bit odd to be honest - are you referring to the fact the software copies a few DLLs and sets some registry keys - well yeah most installed Windows software would do this?
Are you sure you're not thinking of a full backup solution that needed to track stuff rather than the basic imaging stuff we're talking about? But I really don't know what you're on about when you talk about fragmenting and destructive and unneeded modifications.
If you really don't want to touch your Windows partition then don't install anything and use something like this: PING (Partimage Is Not Ghost)
I've also used DriveImage before which seemed very unobtrusive to me.
Thanks very much for the links/alternatives.
I deliberately avoided mentioning the specific files/drivers/services/folders/registry entries because that is such detailed information that I don't have handily available at this time. My DAW computer is not my internet access computer. I could do some screen shots and so forth but it's really not worth it for me since I can just use something else, like you also acknowledged.
Also, I prefer not to sound too critical of the EASEUS software designers because they are very polite and responsive in their support forums and, as I said above, they otherwise have made good software for folks who don't mind or are not aware of the types of details I am annoyed by.
Hidden *.CBM files in the root directory is one thing created by EASEUS Todo Backup freeware (sorry I forget which version) after the partition is saved. Those *.CBM files can be safely deleted after the saving is done. They are not needed for the restoration procedure. But they will be re-created by Todo each time you do a backup.
They are not documented anywhere yet as a file type, and their purpose is unknown by the likes of me. Some research indicated that a different type of *.CBM picture image format existed in the past, but that is unrelated to Todo Backup's file type. Todo's *.CBM files have names like those ridiculously annoying, non-human-readable, Windows Registry entries with the long streams of letters and numbers and maybe some dashes or brackets. I think I may have tried to crossreference them with my Registry entries to see if they matched something valid. And, if I remember correctly, nothing showed up; they are not visibly related to the Registry (in my studies).
And during the partition save procedure it writes to the partition it is saving not just the partition it puts it's backup files in. This is proved by using drive activity monitor tools as well. This is similarly revealed using defragment tools that provide a list of fragmented files.
Furthermore, the system bootup process is significantly delayed by the EuBakUp.sys in Windows\System32 folder. It can be verified to be slowing down the system bootup by booting up using the alternative boot mode selected by pressing F8 during a cold boot up.
I think it may be a driver amongst many EASEUS driver files and processes installed. I understand that some of these are required partially for some functionality, but I am skeptical about all of their functionality.
Other EASEUS Todo Backup stuff installed is a hidden folder in the root area of the system partition that hold some kind of Linux boot image. This can be verified using an alternative file manager that shows hidden files and folders and by browsing the contents of the disk image using 7-zip or something software that browses images and archives.
Also, a persistent service/driver called "Agent.exe" starts up automatically during boot up. It can be safely set to "manual" instead of automatic, thus disabling it until it is needed. Todo Backup just starts it up by itself when it needs to, and a window pops up to the user saying to wait a few seconds for it to load. If it's disabled, Todo fails or at least refuses to run. After Todo is done with it's work, "Agent.exe" can be manually stopped as a service with the STOP command, and no harm comes to Windows nor to Todo. If it's set to "manual" instead of "disabled", as described earlier, it will just start again when it's needed by Todo. But what's the point?
Some other EASEUS services/processes are automatically started with windows and can be safely disabled and related registry entries removed. I forget what they are called since I removed them, but some were "tray" applets.
I have used some other similar categories of programs which don't require all these extra things put here and there without warning the end user. I don't do anything fancy with partition backups, either. So I know this extra activity/files/processes/etc is perhaps a set of design flaws.
I could probably identify some other issues if I remember them or audit the system later.
But anyways, thanks for the links.
By the way, I tried PartImage Is Not Ghost and it seems like vaporware: Windows Dream • View topic - _Registration Disabled
The forum is full of posts requesting help with multitudes of issues including entire partition data loss with no replies of assistance. And it was annoyingly requiring an email address just to download the free .ISO . Since they report the site is heavily spammed, I'm glad I didn't enter a valid email address, as some spammers collect email addresses via hacking.
I'm not complaining so much as warning anybody else who reads this thread.