07-05-2012 01:22 PM
Hey guys, here is the stuff.
Maxtor One Touch 4 Plus - P/N 9NT3AA-500 - 50GB
Computer - ((((Cringe))))
Del Lattitude E6400ATG - Vista - (I know, But it is a company computer and I cannot do anything about it)
Ok here is the deal. Maybe I do not understand Backup like I should so please bear with me. In my history I have 10 levels of backup information. So, all my info is there and I can reach it. But it seems to me that each time there is a backup, it completely records my files all over again. So, it seems to me that I have many duplicate files in my One Touch. this leades me to believe that my OneTouch is filling up with redundant information. Hence, the one touch is being un-necessarily used up. (Does that make sense?)
Maybe that is what Bckup is supposed to do. I dont know. But it seems to me that it is an inefficient use of the One touch.
I would like to have my OneTouch backup my files, which it does. But I would like it to add to the OneTouch only those files that are new to my computer. I dont want it to rebackup ALL of my files and waste the OneTouch drive space.
Does that make sense? Is it possible to do that without manually copying each new file as it is created?
Other than that the OneTouch works great.
Any guidance is appreciated.
03-27-2013 07:14 PM
Sorry that your questioned lingered for eight months!
The answers to your question are quite technical, involving a study of data backup theory and technology. Briefly though, you might lookup "Backup" on Wickipedia. Check the terms "Backup" and "Differential."
Because I find vastly different sizes of stored data in the different History Level folders of my Seagate FreeAgent Desk 1TB drive, I suspect that my FreeAgent is making incremental (or maybe differential?) backups. The recovery of such backups could be be quite complicated, but the Seagate Manager software handles the chore transparently for us simple users.
I'd say don't worry about trying to tweak the backup process to reserve space for other storage uses. We get a lot of value for $80-150 worth of backup drive, and I'd hate to corrupt the backup process.