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HELP!! 5TB external drive says it is FULL!


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#1 TiredofPC15

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Posted 10 October 2015 - 07:16 PM

Please help!

I have an HP pavilion laptop with a 500GB hard drive.  I have about 270 GB of information in my internal drive.  I hooked up a 5TB Seagate drive to make scheduled backups since December 2014 and now the drive says it is full.  I know I have not saved 5TBs of information in my internal drive....... what am I doing wrong??? How can I clean up the external drive so I don't have duplicated files? and how do I prevent it from creating duplicate backups?  I thought an external drive would only backup the drive by adding copies of the new files it found..... is that not the way it works???  will manually deleting the duplicated files ruin the back up entirely???

 

 



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#2 RolandJS

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Posted 10 October 2015 - 07:21 PM

I'm wondering if your backup software was set up to include incremental as well as differential basckups?  I think incremental keeps any and all copies, oldest to the newest in date-modified, size-modified, etc. -- which means your 5TB backup drive can fill up sooner or later.  If your a graphic, video person, you would be surprised how soon those large files can fill even a Black Hole.


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Posted 10 October 2015 - 07:26 PM

Also Is the drive set as Fat32?



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Posted 10 October 2015 - 08:35 PM

Wow!.... I guess I am clueless at this.  Not sure if it's set at incremental, would love to know how to switch to differential, if that makes a difference.

 

Fat32???.... Again, clueless.  Any way you can help me find out?  Is there something else to change the setup and improve the way it is used?..... Can it be done without ruining any of the information already saved?

 

Thanks for your replies.



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Posted 10 October 2015 - 08:54 PM

what is the backup program?


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Posted 11 October 2015 - 09:10 AM

As Roland asked he would really need to know what back up program you are using. There are many and not all of them work the same.

Most would start with one full back up and then back up only the data that has been changed since your last back up. [Saves a lot of space].

 

Some programs call this incremental or differential back ups but not all.  You would really need to check your programs settings and help files to see what you are using is capable of doing.  Like I said not all of these programs work exactly alike. Some are just better at what they do.  Some may do way more than you actually need.

 

I mean one could just copy to a drive but then you need to remember when and where You actually last copied from.


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Posted 11 October 2015 - 10:28 AM

I do know from experience Windows 7 backup for example, will just keep adding new backups until it fills the drive.  You need to manually manage the backup space with that particular program.


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Posted 11 October 2015 - 04:12 PM

Over here, I have been only doing full imaging of both the  OS and data partitions.  I'm thinking the spin-time & energy, computer-time & nergy, it would take to compute and then actually make differencial and/or incremental backups would be close to "hard-drive thrashing."  Somebody tell me if this is not true, thanks!


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