Why does Acronis backup the whole size of the hard drive?
When I create a backup on my computer, it's backing up the main OS partition, along with the smaller partitions. Now, I think when it backups, it's backing up the used space so it doesn't really take too long. Here's the problem. When I try to restore from a backup, it gives me a list of the partitions: The main OS and the other partitions. For the main OS, it's showing the size at 931 gb. Why am I trying to backup THE WHOLE SIZE of the hard drive?! So when I go to restore all the partitions back, it starts the restore process and it is taking A LONG TIME for obvious reasons (it is restoring the size of the entire hard drive). This is not what I wanted. I wanted to back up and restore only the used space of the main OS partition, along with the other partitions. And even if I do attempt to restore from a Windows backup, it will inevitably fail during the restore process (i.e. sector errors (even though there's nothing wrong with my hard drive)) or after the restore process I'll run into a boot error because of a missing bootloader or something.
If I had known this was going to happen, I would have just copy and pasted, or using Acronis on desktop to backup, all the USED stuff on my main OS partition, plus the other partitions. Why would it do that?!
And this is not just with Acronis. If I try to restore a Manjaro Linux system from a backup image with Clonezilla, it takes just as long, if not longer. Why? Because it's trying to restore the size of the entire hard drive.