Ok, so I posted here a few weeks ago regarding a major computer crash which I managed to overcome with lots of effort, time, and a new hard drive. I also bought an external to backup my system. So I am using Windows Backup, which like everything with Windows is clunky and linguistically tough to comprehend exactly what it's doing if you're a lay person. So I set it up to run on Monday nights and it started last Monday. It reran again last night and of course this morning I get an error that there is not enough disk space. It creates both a system image (which I totally understand the reason and purpose so no issues there) as well as a "data file backup". So the latest system image is fine. The issue is with the data back up. Windows seems to try to create a brand new data backup when it runs while also having the old on still there, creating a space issue. So last night it looks like it used the rest of the space on the drive to start a new back up and only got like 100GB saved. It appears to have then erased that same data from the old backup, leaving that behind as a smaller file at 342GB. Basically, I know that the prior full one was about 450GB total, hence my thought that as it creates a new backup it deletes the old but I think when it runs out of space, it can't do that anymore.
My entire hard drive has only about 500GB on it and I have a 1TB drive I am backing up to.
So I have two questions:
1. Can I just get rid of the data file backup and stick with the system image. My reason for using both, assuming I am correct that this will work, would be to get individual files from the data backup without having to figure out how to mount and access the image if I didn't need to do a full restore.
2. This baffles me and it's related to the first question. The external drive is full, 980GB. In the drive, I can't find a folder with the 450 of data backups. I right click on the drive properties and it's full. I go in and hover over the folders and they don't add up to 950GB. I've gone in and made it show hidden files and folder and nothing. The pic shows what's on the drive.
Any help or guidance is appreciated. I admit that the reason I never had a backup before because of the PITA everything is when dealing with Windows.