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Windows 7: Backup disk space - filling up rather quickly

19 Feb 2012   #1
Sime83

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Backup disk space - filling up rather quickly

Hello everyone,
I have a 1TB hard drive on my PC and a few months ago I bought another 1TB hard drive as a backup drive.

I back up every week or so using the windows disk image facility (Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup) , but each time I backup the space taken up on the backup drive increases drastically. It would appear to be backing up up ANOTHER image instead of overwriting the new one?

I canot find anywhere to say over-write the existing image, would I be better to delete the image before creating a new one?
Many thanks,
Simon


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19 Feb 2012   #2
Bongo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sime83 View Post
Hello everyone,
I have a 1TB hard drive on my PC and a few months ago I bought another 1
Is this a ? Stop saving things I guess
Jerry
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20 Feb 2012   #3
Sime83

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Hi Jerry - I don't understand your reply?
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20 Feb 2012   #4
kado897

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Are you using the option in space management to just keep one image?
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20 Feb 2012   #5
Bongo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sime83 View Post
Hello everyone,
I have a 1TB hard drive on my PC and a few months ago I bought another 1
Is this a ? Stop saving things I guess
Jerry
You added more info after I posted, I quoted what I seen.
Jerry
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25 Feb 2012   #6
Sime83

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Hi Kado - how do I get to that screen to see if that is checked?
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25 Feb 2012   #7
kado897

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Open the start menu and type backup in the search box. Click on Backup and Restore. On the dialogue click manage space.

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06 Mar 2013   #8
photojimsf

Windows 7 home premium
 
 
I tried all of that -- no joy

Hi I'm having the same issue, backup fills up in just a few days, and then the warning.

I tried the manage space/system image/change options, I'm given only two:

1. Let Windows manage the space for backup history (279.44gb)

and:

2:keep only the latest system image and minimize space used for backup

in both cases, it still fills up my external hard drive within a few days. It makes only one backup set, so I must delete the entire back up, and then run a new backup. And then within a few days it is full and I get the warning again.

I have 5.o6g on my c drive, and the backup drive is 1tb, so I don't get why this is such a problem?

From my searches on google, a solution does not seem hopeful. If microsoft can't fix this, can anyone recommend an alternative, more simpler, automated alternative?

Sincerely and Thanks,

photojimsf
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06 Mar 2013   #9
JimLewandowski

 
 

Isn't this because System Restore stuff has throttled the max allowable disk space on your backup partition???

IIRC, there's some command to display the max allowable disk space to be used for Shadow and System Image-related stuff.
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06 Mar 2013   #10
whs
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I always manage my images myself. I just delete the old images I do not care to keep. But I use free Macrium - Windows imaging is too unreliable for me.
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