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Windows 7: Back up not completing

10 May 2010   #1
dennis7490

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Back up not completing

Hi,

I'm new here, and not very technically savvy, so bear with me.

I'm trying to back up my files on an external hard drive with 80 GB of space. I erased all previous back ups.

1 - for some reason there is still about 23 GB of space being taken up by ???? I don't know what.

2 - when i try to do a full back up it does not complete. I know i don't have 80 Gb of material on this computer, so why doesn't it complete.

Is there a "tutorial" i can go to that will guide me through the proper clearing of the info on the external hard drive, and then walk me through the proper way to back up all my files using windows 7?

thanks,

Dennis


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10 May 2010   #2
osholt

Windows 7 Profesional x86, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dennis7490 View Post
Hi,

I'm new here, and not very technically savvy, so bear with me.

I'm trying to back up my files on an external hard drive with 80 GB of space. I erased all previous back ups.

1 - for some reason there is still about 23 GB of space being taken up by ???? I don't know what.

2 - when i try to do a full back up it does not complete. I know i don't have 80 Gb of material on this computer, so why doesn't it complete.

Is there a "tutorial" i can go to that will guide me through the proper clearing of the info on the external hard drive, and then walk me through the proper way to back up all my files using windows 7?

thanks,

Dennis
Hi, if you've deleted all your stuff off of your external drive but there is still a lot of space being taken up, that would suggest to me that you need to empty the recycling bin.

Hopefully this will solve your problem.

To make a complete system image look at Backup User and System Files
To restore that system image to your computer look at System Image Recovery

You probably knew how to do both of these things but I thought I'd make sure.

I you have any questions feel free to ask.

Oli
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10 May 2010   #3
dennis7490

windows 7
 
 
Thanks

Oli,

thanks. I'll give it a try.

Dennis
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10 May 2010   #4
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

If you want that external drive clean, then click "format"
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10 May 2010   #5
dennis7490

windows 7
 
 

Oli,

did it! thanks. did not format it, but cleaned my recycle bin and got lots more space. then I did a system back-up and it worked.

NOW, I want to do a scheduled back-up that will add ONLY THE NEW STUFF to the system back-up. i tried to do this before, but it never took. Is it because my computer is in the sleeper mode? does my computer have to be on all the time? I schedule the back-up for 3 a.m.

thanks,

Dennis
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11 May 2010   #6
osholt

Windows 7 Profesional x86, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
 
 

Hi, unfortunately the built in imaging software doesn't support incremental backups.

Yes your PC does have to be on at 3AM for it to work.

I will post later with a full solution.

Oli
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11 May 2010   #7
osholt

Windows 7 Profesional x86, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
 
 

If you want to start doing incrimental backups I would recommend using a third party program such as Comodo backup (http://backup.comodo.com/, free).

Incremental backups add only changed and newly created files to your backup so it is much more space efficient and much faster than non incrimental backups.

If you have any questions please ask.

Oli
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11 May 2010   #8
dennis7490

windows 7
 
 
comodo

Oli,

thanks. I went to Comodo and the free backup didn't take. Unless it's backing up someplace I can't see.

thanks,

Dennis
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11 May 2010   #9
osholt

Windows 7 Profesional x86, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
 
 

If Comodo's not working for you try Freebyte Backup. (Freebyte Backup)

Its interface isn't as nice but it'll do the job.

Oli
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12 May 2010   #10
dennis7490

windows 7
 
 

Oli,

thanks. Went to Freebyte and downloaded it. but then it pops up all this menu of choices. Which one do i choose?

NEW ISSUE: When i go to save a document in WORD it defaults to My documents, which is empty. My personal folders are kept in My documents Shortcut. How this happened I don't know, but I'm sure i did something foolish.

in any case, how can I get it so Word defaults to where my documents are kept?

Thanks,

Dennis
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