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Backup Drive is Full?

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1

    Backup Drive is Full?


    Several weeks ago I installed a remote hard drive. I am using it to store automatic system backups.

    In the last few days I have been notified that the drive is full.

    I am using 245GB on my primary (C:) drive.

    The remote backup drive has a 1TB capacity.

    It's somewhat surprising to be told that drive is full. Opening the drive to look at the files, there is a long list of subfolders under the folder labelled "Backup". One has a long, arcane number, and the other sub-sub folders seem to be daily updates named C/Users/My Name/ and from one to four sub sub sub folders or file names. Clicking on the multiple sub folders or the file names causes nothing to happen.

    How can I clean this up? I would like to continue to back up my system automatically, but the drive seems to be full of garbage.
    Last edited by ColMac; 27 Apr 2014 at 18:37.

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  2. #2


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    It sounds like it's saving each backup as a separate backup. I would think you have to delete some of the older backups to free up space.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1


    Well, of course.

    The big question, though, is how do I make it stop saving each backup as a separate backup? I would hope there'd be a way to overwrite rather than add on.
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  4. #4


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Look though that program/utilities settings
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  5. #5


    Switch to a different backup program like Macrium Reflect Free or Acronis True Image (not free).
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  6. #6


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Exactly what process are you using to backup? Are you referring to file history?

    You might check and make sure the backups are not part of the backup....
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    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks for your suggestions. I'm going to see if Lenovo can help, since I can't find the application and its settings.
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