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Windows 7: Backup size increasing

22 Mar 2011   #1
philbill

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Backup size increasing

Hello,

I am using windows backup for my users libraries, and a system image.
I have selected to keep only the latest backup.

Every time the machine backs up the file/s size on my backup drive increases.
After a couple of weeks the drive is full and I have to start all over again.

Why is the size increasing? I know that sometimes I have deleted files rather than add them.


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22 Mar 2011   #2
Morph666

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Are you sure there isn't something you've installed that has increased the size? Maybe things like windows updates? Do you remove temporary files on a regular basis? That could make a difference too. I suggest using CCleaner to clean up temporary files; http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner
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22 Mar 2011   #3
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

From the Backup and Restore screen > Manage Space
will give you a summary of where your backup space is being used.
"View backup" will show you the number of file/folder backup sets you have. Older ones can be deleted if you wish.
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23 Mar 2011   #4
LM2008

Windows 10 Home 64b
 
 

I use it every Friday and haven't encounter that problem, but as Morph wrote, maybe is a program you installed, the same happened to me after installed a game.
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23 Mar 2011   #5
philbill

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Thanks for the reply folks.
I did not install any new programs etc.
In fact I deleted/uninstalled stuff.

For example I automatically run my backup on Mondays. This Sunday I noticed my drive was full (because of the size increasing). So I reformatted the drive and manually ran the backup program. I have only certain files and the option to "Keep only the latest system image". Total size was about 800 GB. Then Monday night, the night which I have scheduled as the auto backup, the program ran again. I did nothing to the computer between the backup times. The total size of the backup increased by roughly 50 gigs.


In regards to the CC Cleaner etc... I run that, spybot, and have Norton Internet security 2011. I also am running uTorrent. Could any of these be increasing the size?

It seems to me that the problem is that the backup is not deleting or overwriting certain files but its rather adding new versions.
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23 Mar 2011   #6
Morph666

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by philbill View Post
It seems to me that the problem is that the backup is not deleting or overwriting certain files but its rather adding new versions.
Yes it sounds like that's the case. You could check my removing the current backup (or moving it to another harddisk just in case lol) and having it create a completely new one, then compare sizes.
If they're different sizes; your quoted suspicions are correct.
If they're the same size; ...well, then we've got some more investigating to do
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23 Mar 2011   #7
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Have I overlooked something? As I said you can physically inspect the size of your images and file/folder backups. Using the backup& Restore screen or manually.

Also, I never let Windows make images automatically. I think it's better to take manual control of these.
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24 Mar 2011   #8
philbill

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I found the following of the 3 items that backup creates:

The Folder that one clicks on to run the backup was not modified after the last backup its date is from when I created the backup.
The Folder that contains the backup files was modified during the last backup.
However there is one, and one and only file, that was not modified and its date is the date the original backup date.
That file is called "MediaId"

All other files were modified during the second backup.
Anyone have any ideas with this info?
I don't understand the folder nomenclature... If I watch to see what folders/files increase next time would that help?
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27 Mar 2011   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709
 
 

Are you running u torrent at the same time of the backup?
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28 Mar 2011   #10
philbill

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I am running utorrent ... but as another user.
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