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Windows 7: Make Windows Backup use entire drive

24 Nov 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit SP1
 
 
Make Windows Backup use entire drive

Hi,

I use Windows 7's built in back up feature to backup my libraries and a system image every week. I partitioned my external hard drive so that the backup files are stored seperately from my other files on the drive.

Windows 7 gives me 2 options of how to manage the space. Either 'Only store the most recent backup' or 'Let Windows manage my space (Max 60GB)' (See screenshot)

I would like to know if there is a way to set it to use the full 200GB of the partition. Is this possible?

Thanks in advance,
Caleb

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24 Nov 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Caleb,

By default, the maximum size will only be up to 30% of the total free space on the HDD or partition that you have the system image saved to. Unfortunately 30% of 200GB is 60GB. The only way to have more space available is to increase the size of the partition.
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24 Nov 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit SP1
 
 

Thanks for replying Brink,

I think I'll delete the partition then and save the backups to the single partition, 1TB which means I should get roughly 300GB.

Thanks again for your help,
Caleb
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24 Nov 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Caleb.
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