external backup driver is full

June 5, 2009 at 06:49:59
Specs: Windows Vista
When I tried to back up my "C" drive to my my external drive, I received the message that I don't have enough room to complete the back up. My question is can I just delete or format all the files on the external and then start over with my back up?
When I do my back ups it must make a new copy everytime, but when I look at the properties I only see 1 copy of all my files.
Any ideas?

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#1
June 5, 2009 at 09:45:55
If you don't save the backup to a folder then you can get into the situation you have now.

Before deleting your saved backups verify that you don't need any files off the external.

What are you using to create the backups? If a program ON the external then you need to take care not to remove that program.

Normally all you need to save are TWO versions of your backups.


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#2
June 5, 2009 at 12:23:06
Thanks OtheHill, but my problem is I can't distinguish my backup versions to be able to leave only the last 2 on the drive. I'm using the backup software that comes with Vista. All I do is run the back up once a month. This month the backup started but aborted due to insufficient space on the external drive. When I look at the files on the drive I only see one version and the only way I think I can delete these files is to format the external drive which should wipe it clean. I'm hoping there is another way to only delete a few older versions. Formatting the drive sounds drastic.

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#3
June 5, 2009 at 14:36:26
If you change the path to a folder you can label the folder.

What are the file names of the backups. Post a few. Also, right clicking on the file and choosing properties should show you the creation date.


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#4
June 5, 2009 at 14:40:46
I would look at the file creation properties and locate a date and use that to determine the age of the folder/files. My next suggestion would be to get a bigger hard drive. Also only save what you cant replace (ie word documents, music, pictures etc) Forget a complete backup. 1TB Hard Drives are $70 now.

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#5
June 5, 2009 at 20:01:15
Thanks for your help, but there must be something fundamentally different with my external hard drive and howbackups are created. The date on the folders is the date the file was created on my computer, not the date the copy was made. The second problem is there is only one set of files. I don't know where the other sets are, but they must be there, because the drive is 160gb and 152 gb is used and only 165mb remains available. I have probably made 10 or more backups of all my files over the past year.
Getting a bigger hard drive would solve todays problem, but unless I figure out how my backups work, I would eventually run into the same problem again.

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#6
June 5, 2009 at 23:34:45
Try enabling show hidden files and folders and see if they show up. Vista may be hiding the older ones.
I don't use Vista's backup, so have no clue how it works.
Using Acronis, a full backup will overwrite the old file, an incremental backup does one full backup followed by additional files that have been altered, each addition is date coded and visable. In addition the maximum amount of space to be used can be set, at which time it will delete the oldest.

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