Version 7.4.6 - May 15, 2014
With the Version 7.4.6 - May 15, 2014, backups have gone from minutes (for incremental) to hours (for a full backup) to more than 1 day (in fact, they will not complete within reasonable time)--rendering Areca unusable.
i7 x64, 32 GB memory, SSD drive, Magnetic drive (7200), Java JRE x64, external drive connected via USB 3.0 (2TB)
A full backup to external drive of about 135GB took approximately 4 hours. Daily incremental backups took a few minutes.
A full backup cannot complete. With only Areca running, attempted full backups failed after over a day of waiting (probably less than 1/4 of the backup took place). Tried twice with reboot in between. External backup drive connected via USB 3.0. (Even the daily incremental backups to a different external hard drive also via USB 3.0 now fail due to time-outs.) even tried creating a new backup set. Same results. Seems to "choke" on directories with multiple files.
Cannot reliably run backups because performance extremely slow.
(NOTE: I have checked the Areca archives and see that slow performance has been an issue in the past. Even with antivirus turned off, same slow results. This is new for me, however--backups worked fine as recent as last week--it seems the upgrade caused problems and removing the new version of Areca does not help.)
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