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Windows 7: backup cannot be completed. Insufficient space. Error code 0x81000033


21 Mar 2013   #1

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backup cannot be completed. Insufficient space. Error code 0x81000033

I have been trying to backup my C drive in preparation for cloning and installing a larger SSD drive. I am pretty sure that I have backed up my PC using win 7 backup before, but the last time was sometime last year. I previously burned my backup to disc, but this time I decided to backup to my networked My Book Live (2T). Each time I try it, I get the " Windows backup skipped backing up system because one of the critical volumes is not having enough space...". I have searched the "net" pretty extensively trying to find out why. My only feasible guess has something to do with the shadow storage. When it would not backup to the network drive, I tried one of my internal drives ( 465GB w/ 413GB free), with the same results. My C drive (120GB SSD) has 14.3GB free, but I don't know if this would affect it. I have watched the backup program progress and when it gets to 50% complete, it stops and give the error. I have even gone into an elevated command prompt and Typed 'vssadmin list shadowstorage' to look for the max storage space available, but could not find anything for my "G" drive or my network drive. Am I going in the right direction, or should I be looking for something else? If this gets to become more of a hassle than it's worth, I may just bite the bullet and do a fresh install on my new SSD drive. Any suggestions?

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21 Mar 2013   #2

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

Since you have a WD hdd, download the Acronis Trueimage - free.
This will backup your C drive and allow you to restore it to your new SSD.
A clean install is probably your bet at this time -although either will work.


WD Support


FWIW -If you keep just OS and programs on your current SSD and keep it at about 75%, you can save your money on a larger SSD.




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22 Mar 2013   #3

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I strive to keep only the OS and programs on the SSD. I keep all other files (mp3, jpg, mov, docx, xlsx, etc) on my other drives. I can't understand why it gets so full. The only other thing I can figure is the pst file for Outlook and the restore points. What else might fill it up is a mystery to me. Thanks for the suggestions.
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22 Mar 2013   #4

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

Check and see if there is "Windows Old" - that would take up about 30GB.

Also download "Treesize."
That will tell you what is taking up all the space.

TreeSize Free - Quickly Scan Directory Sizes and Find Space Hogs
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22 Mar 2013   #5

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I don't have an older version of windows on this SSD, but I checked anyway, just in case. Nothing. I did download the "treesize". I will run it now. Thanks!
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22 Mar 2013   #6

windows 7
 
 

After running Tree Size, I found that I have over 30GB of pictures in my User folder. I can't understand why, because I always keep my pics and video and everything else on my network drive or my storage drives. Is there a way to migrate these from my user folder and prevent them from returning?
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22 Mar 2013   #7

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22 Mar 2013   #8

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Great! Thanks, a lot!
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22 Mar 2013   #9

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

Just send all "user" info to a different hdd, and save your money and keep this SSD.

Hope it all works out.


BTW - if you use Trueimage to backup your C drive, it will compress it to about 30GB and you should not receive any more error messages relating to size.
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