06-15-2010 10:40 PM
Subject: Backup Drive shows as full, when it should not be.
I have PC with Windows Vista Home Basic. Hard drive (C Drive) shows total size to be 283 GB, with 128GB Used and 154GB Free.
I have a second hard drive (K Drive) with a total capacity of 76GB,of which 32GB are used, and 43GB are free.
For data backup, I have Maxtor OneTouch4 Mini, SN 2HASD1AN 250GB designated as F Drive.
I have performed data backup, initiating it from Control Panel, on 4 occasions
When I go to Computer/F drive/ Open, it indicates the PC backup folder size to be 93GB. Adding up some additional data I have stored on that F drive, the total comes to about 125GB.
However, if I go to Computer, and let the cursor hover over the F Drive, it indicates 9GB Space Free, and 232GB Total Size. Likewise if I go to Computer/F drive/ Properties, the pie chart shows the same near-full F Drive (Used Space 223GB / Free Space 9GB.)
As I was doing the fourth backup, I received a message to the effect that the backup could not be completed, that the destination drive was full.
However, in going to the Restore function I was able to ascertain that some of my data which was created after the second backup, had been stored in the backup.
As I understand it, the second and third succeding backups would only add new data to the previous backups, not be cumulative. If this is so, why would my F drive become full?
One more fact: I go to Computer / One Touch 4(F) / Al’s PC/ and I see four folders named backup set, one for each of the backup dates. The third and fourth folders both indicate "folder is empty;" the first folder shows a size of 46GB ; the second shows 47GB.
At present I am unable to perform a current backup.
Can you explain?
06-23-2010 05:15 PM
So your external drive is 232GB... Assuming the drive is a 250Gb drive it is showing 232GB used, with 9Gb free. Are you making backups of the two HDs in the PC ?
The Maxtor software MAY do this weird "history" stuff. It copies new files to the main backup folder, but moves the file to be replaced to a folder called HISTORY. That folder has 10 sub folders. So you could have Gbs of stuff in these "history" folders. Old copied of files that were replaced.
Plus, a 250Gb drive really don't start with 250Gb but some 230Gb due to the way they figure out disk size...
Even then, you could not fit 230Gb on the drive, you may get just over 200Gb of physical data on that drive. That's just the way disk drives work, from any company, since the begining of drives.
Hope that helps...
06-29-2010 08:53 AM
Actually I have been able to resolve this with a Seagate chat session. I had not been provided the Seagate backup software with the backup Manager when I bought the Maxtor drive, but as a result of the chat was able to download same, and it is working fine.
Very confusing- I bought a new Dell with Windows Vista. Backup systems are provided by each of Dell, Microsoft Windows, Norton Symantec, and Seagate. I had run the Windows backup, which was the one that screwed it up.
What is an ordinary mortal to do? Thanks anyway.
07-17-2010 03:47 PM
A "windows backup" is on Vista and Win7 and can backup your entire HD to the external.. hence it will eat lots of space. But that will provide you with an entire "clone" of your HD. Should your HD fail, you can put in the Vista or Win7 disk and it will find the USB drive and "restore" your "clone" of your drive. You will only have files up to the point of the "windows backup", but all program and E-mail will be there.
This is how people "upgrade" their HD to a larger drive. Make a "windows backup", remove old drive, put in a bigger drive and bingo! big time space and everything is there.