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Folder Too Big For The Recycle Bin


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#1 whatapalaver

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 04:47 PM

A while ago I asked BP for advice about backing up a large Data Folder and, as a result of what I was told, I bought a 2USB external hard drive. I back up the Data Folder daily and the previous ‘old’ backup is then deleted. The Data Folder is 4.40GB, and growing.

Today I got this message when I went to delete the old backup.

>>>The Folder ‘My Data 20060519’ is too big for the Recycle Bin. Do you want to permanently delete it? YES; YES TO ALL; NO; CANCEL<<<

I opened the Recycle Bin icon and clicked Properties. There are two tabs.

Global, and Local Disc ‘C.

Local Disc ‘C’ shows the size of my hard disc. The Space Reserved was, [and still is], 3.99GB.

Global has a sliding scale. The pointer was on the first 1/10th so I have moved it to the 5th 1/10th, thinking that the Space Reserved will be increased and I will not get that message again. But I still get it.

I suppose I could ignore the message and click it’s YES and permanently delete the old backed up folder, but would that be wise? When I do that, the deletion goes at a cracking pace; much faster than before.

Your advice will be appreciated.

Best wishes, whatapalaver

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 05:46 PM

If you have already created the new backup- then click "yes" to permanently delete the old backup.

You should be able to set XP's backup utility to do incremental backups though.

Incremental backups just modify or add data that changed and should not create an entire new backup each time.

It is also a good idea to use it to do a "System State" backup as well, in addition to your data backups.

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Posted 20 May 2006 - 01:37 PM

Thank you. Will follow your advice.

Best wishes. whatapalaver




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