My C drive shows 109G used. My Seagate 250G, used as backup shows "20G free of 232". It must be creating duplicate backups since it's used about twice the space as the drive it's backing up. How can I eliminate some storage and how can I set up to not make redundant back ups? thanks, ted
Creat incremental backup rather than complete fresh backup.
empty trash can.
either way, it's possible the backup drive uses up more than working drive especially adding/deleting files alot between backup's.
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You would be better served if you backed up your whole drive.
Actually the whole Windows partition (EG C Drive)
Get a couple of Seagate external 2TB drives (not portable ones, the bigger ones the size of a thick book. 3.5" drive inside)
Partition the drives to NTFS (FAT has a file size limit of 4GB)
Download the free Seagate DiscWizard program -
Install the program, and immediately after when it is running choose the option to create a bootable CD.
There is a sub option to set the CD to default to boot into into the mini OS. If you don't set that you have only a few seconds each time you boot the CD, to avoid it booting into windows. I can help you with that choice, when you are ready to create that CD)
I always use the bootable CD to create an image, and to verify that image. (You don't want Windows running when imaging.)
If later you need to restore an image, you again do it from the bootable CD
The reason to have two external drives, is to alternate which one you create images in.
You should also copy your big files from your C drive into both external drives, and then delete them from your C drive. That will mean your C drive images will be smaller, and quicker.
If you do images every day, you are protected against -
- You corrupting/deleting important files
- Virus/Trojan attacks
- Ransom ware
- Hard drive failure
I would get a bootable linux distro and boot up and use the partion manager there. (knoppix) If that does not work I would get the factory diagnostic tool from seagate and if it gave errors return it for warrenty or if not under warrenty least you will know there is something funny with the hardware.
you will need to run a server edition operating system and set the drive you have now [C:]/DEV to what ever second backup you want to have EX: [D:] [E:] etc.
not possible to automate unless you have a server running. You could always just back up to the seagate and set scheduled tasks in windows to every (week, month, etc) to back up the entire folder of your I-tunes every so often.
It is with the Free Agent, as I also have one. What I found on mine was that the interface electronics in the bottom run too hot and start to fail in various ways. If I unplugged the power supply for an hour, then the drive would work for a while. So I put it on it's side and directed a small fan at the bottom and now it works for weeks at a time. So it's a thermal problem with the interface electronics. I've heard that some folk just bought a different housing and put the drive into it.
What software did you use for the cloning? Ghost is the preferred method. Be sure to choose a disk to disk clone, not a partition clone. It sounds like you may have created a 20G partition and left 40G unallocated. Partition Magic may also take care of the problem, if you have access to a copy.