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Backup takes 800GB? Manage Windows Backup Disk Space

Q: Backup takes 800GB? Manage Windows Backup Disk Space

How do I control how much disk space my Windows Backup takes up? I have a 1TB external disk for backups and other files. My computer's HDD only has about 250GB capacity. I don't know why my backups file got so bloated. What should I do?

I see that I can delete the older backup file: 22-Oct to 11-Nov. But read the text.
""Deleting previous backups will free up space on your backup location."
So far so good.

Then it continues, "All files backed up during the selected period will be deleted."

I'm pretty sure the text is just badly written. I guess that means the backup-files (on the backup drive) will be deleted. They couldn't mean that the original files (on my data drive) will be deleted. That sure is a scary possibility though. How do you understand this?

System: Windows 7 Enterprise

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A: Backup takes 800GB? Manage Windows Backup Disk Space

Yes, it is perhaps, badly written, but true. All files in the backup period from 22-Oct. to 11-Nov. will be deleted. Not to worry, though, because those same files are backed up in a later backup period from 11-Nov. to ? It is safe to delete older backup periods.

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I’m using “Windows Backup and Restore” in Windows 7. - I'm using SpaceSniffer to evaluate a backup problem. - One of my scheduled backups failed. I thought this was because of lack of space. So I opened up SpaceSniffer and saw something surprising: C, System Folder, 55.5 GB D, Data Folder, 167.5 GB I, My 1TB External Drive _ 14GB used _ 52GB free space _ 864GB Unknown (not yet scanned) - I thought that the 864GB was “set aside” or used for the backups. But why is it so huge, when “C” and “D” are relatively small? That doesn’t make any sense.- What do you recommend I do? - SpaceSniffer: http://download.cnet.com/SpaceSniffe...-10913555.html - Earlier problem resolved: A backup of my system files and my data files to my 1TB external drive did not succeed because “Scheduled backup of system images is not allowed on removable devices.”

A:Backup Problem, Windows Reserves too Much Space, 800GB?

Odd, it should be allowed to backup to external devices. I backup my system all the time to a 500GB external Seagate :/
Is the external drive a standard data holding one or a specialist backup one?

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I have backups on several external USB storage devices. S:, T:, U:, V: and currently V: is my backup drive. I simply want to start cleaning out old backups as I have run out of space. on all my drives. V: I have reduced to a single current backup copy. However on S:, T: and U: there are several dated backups from a time ago that is now somewhat dated. So, I want to free some of this space.

It seems I cannot just change locations and manage my backup space without performing a new backup. That's sick. Anyone know a way to change the location without actually performing the backup?

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Please explain why is it necessary to select the first option .......
Let Windows manage the space used for backup history

Will the 2nd option be good enough ? If not, why not ?

Thank you.

P.S. I do System Image Backup once a week, on Monday of each week.

A:RE : Manage Space in System Image backup

I think it's just a personal choice. At present, I'm not pinched for space so I selected the first option. Even so, I'll probably leave it set that way. If I get short on space, I'll just delete some of the older files. Selecting the second option, for me, seems risky. I backup once a week also but having multiple versions I can fall back to gives me better piece of mind--What if I don't notice a problem that requires a restore within a week? With the second option, you have one week (one version) for backup. What if the problem is older than that?

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I have WIN7 Prof. 64-bit and cannot find “Manage space” in the “Backup and restore” section like here:

How to manage hard drive space in windows 7 backup and restore

Is it missing in WIN 7 Prof. 64-bit or not there?

A:cannot find “Manage space” in the “Backup and restore” section

You have to have taken a "backup" for it to show. I don't know if taking a System Image will allow the manage tile to show itself.....

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I have had my computer running Windows 7 for 5 months now. I just received an alert stating that my backup disk space (17.47gb), which is located on my external hardrive, is running out of space (2.00 mb).

I know that the main solution would be to get another external hardrive and transfer my back up disk to it. However, is there an alternative solution to this?

Also, does back up disk space increase over time or does this alert have to do with the storage on my external getting extremely low?

Is back up disk space even necessary?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Windows 7 Backup Disk Space

Hi -

Is the total size of the external USB HDD < 20 GB?

What files are being backed up?

How are they being backed up, i.e., by what application?

Regards. . .



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Ok, take a look here...


100gb E back up partition formatted and created new fresh backup, whole C partition + sys image

1. Can someone explain to me, what goes where? What data is going to data backup what goes in system image and what are "other files"?

2. My settings atm is Let windows manage the space used for backup history (maximum 30GB) why my system image is 45GB?

3. Is there any possibility to set up this backup utility, to delete OLDEST data backup when partition runs out of space? (As far i was reading on net, system image gets updated but every time data backup is created again and older is left)

A:How disk space is used by Windows Backup ? [Question]

Hi Orion and welcome to Seven Forums.

I will attempt to explain although much is a mystery known only to Microsoft.

1. Your data goes into a folder with your PC name. The last image goes into a folder called WindowsImageBackup. Older images are differenced into Shadow Storage. You can see what data is going into the backup by clicking on the Change Settings link on the backup and Restore dialogue

2. The 30% refers to shadow storage (I think) which holds the differenced images. When the space fills up the oldest is deleted.

3. You need to manually control what data backup sets are deleted. There is nothing automatic.

Hope this helps. I will be happy to answer any further questions you may have.

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Hi All,

I tried to use windows 7 backup utility recently (for the first time on my new computer) and I get the "disk full" error while the target disk space has still 130 GB free.

I have moved my USERS folder to my D drive (during the windows installation) to keep them separate from the system files and since I have some other files on my D drive, I chose the option of manually selecting the files to backup and I selected libraries, system images and some extra files on D drive. However, I am pretty sure that they should not be totally more than 110 GB as everything (except programs that should not be naturally backed up) is on D and it is only 110 GB full.

However, the backup stops and says not enough disk space to finish backup while the backup size is only around 90 GB and the disk containing the destination disk has still around 130 GB free.

It is strange because I have at most only 110 GB of data to be backed up. Even if it tries to backup everything on C it should add up 40-50 GB more which makes the total volume of files 150-160 GB which is still less than the target disk size (230 GB, and it is dedicated to backups, I have formatted it before).

Even if for any weird reason windows is trying to exceed the capacity of the destination disk, I should see a much larger file (not only a 90 GB one) and then received the error message, isn't it? I mean whatever he wants to do, he still has 130 GB of free space to write in before giving this error message!

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A:Windows 7 Backup says disk full while it has plenty of space

Post a full picture of your Disk Management. I suspect it is an act that Windows7 imaging plays on you. But we have to see the disk management to judge.

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Windows Backup Program - how can I cope with its high Disk Space usage (because it creates too frequently new Backu-up sets)?

On my new Windows 7 Ultimate PC (64 bit). I need to backup my C Partition (approximately 23 GB in the system Image created by Windows Backup) , most of the data files of my H partition (approximately 14 GB) and most of the photo files on my F Disk (approximately 120 GB).

I bought with my PC an additional 2TB internal disk, that I intend to use nearly exclusively for Backups.

I was looking forward to use Windows Backup and its excellent incremental Backup capabilities. I was intending to run the Backup program weekly and to backup with it the C partition, my data files(on H) and my photo files (on F). In addition, I was intending to create less frequently backups on large external USB disks, that I store in a Safe of my bank.

I was quite happy with my first tests of the Windows-Backup. But after running the Backup Program approximately 5 times (I do not remember exactly the number of times), I was surprised to see that the Backup program had already created a new Backup Set with a new Full Backup of approximately 123 GB. After the creation of approximately 15 Backup sets, my Backup Disk will be more or less full.

Creating a new Backup Set as frequently as the Back-Up Program did, represents an important problem for me. Because, I was intending to keep my backups for quite long time.

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A:Windows Backup - reduce its disk space usage?

Wow a lot to read, I will answer what I know.

All schedules are handled by the task scheduler. Go to start by the windows orb and type task scheduler. Once in the scheduler there is a panel on the left. Click on the little triangles on the left of the names to open the tree, in full.

You will see system restore, you can go in and change the schedule. You can even turn the schedule off so that you can do it manually.

Do the same for windows back up.

I wil look at the rest of your post and help if I can.

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I recently started using a new 1.5 TB USB disk for backup and now Backup and Restore starts a new backup every other day. Additionally, on the first day the backup is 80 GB, increases to 140 GB on the second day, and on the third day starts a new data file backup. At this rate my new disk will be full in less than a month. Any help will be appreciated.

A:windows 7 Backup and Restore using excessive disk space

Have you deliberately scheduled the backup to be done every other day? Or would you prefer some other interval? Or are these backups run manually, not on an automated schedule?

What do you think you are backing up? Your personal data only? The entire C partition only? All partitions on all hard drives?

I gave up on Windows Backup, but it sounds like it is making new full backups of both the operating system and personal data every other day (quite possibly the entire C partition). In most situations, that would be excessive.

A more typical schedule would be to back up personal data ONLY on a daily basis, and a backup of your "system" (Windows) much less often--weekly or monthly or quarterly. Each personal data backup would NOT double the amount of space used because all that would be changed from the first backup would be files that are brand new, modified, or deleted. Each "system" backup WOULD occupy about as much space as the previous one, but older ones could be deleted at will.

But Windows Backup is cryptic and confusing at first glance, which is why I gave up on it. Are you wedded to using it, rather than some other more easily understood application?

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My Win 7 x64 machine (Dell) has three hard drives in it. The original 2TB Seagate with the operating system on it, C:, a 2TB WD used for data storage,F:, ..and a 1TB Seagate repurposed from the XP computer it replaced. That last drive contains only data as that was its purpose in the previous machine. There are no programs on it and it's formatted NTFS.

On boot-up, the computer sees the 1TB Seagate as drive E: and it functions just fine until it's time for a Windows Backup. About 30 seconds into the backup, I get the message that "Intel Rapid Storage Technology has detected a disk removed on Port 3." At this point, the backup fails and Windows no longer sees the E: drive until next cold boot. The backup's target is an external Seagate drive J: that is unaffected by any of this.

Yes, I've changed SATA cables. I've changed the Motherboard connection where the E: drive's SATA cable is attached. I've reversed and rerouted cables so there's no odd pressure on any one of them. I've disabled the power-saving settings so the disc spins all the time. Nothing helps.

The E: drive functions just fine until Windows Backup starts, then it acts as if I removed it.

Error code from Windows Backup dialog is 0x80070002 "The system cannot find the file specified."


A:When Backup Runs, Windows Reports Backup Target Disk Removed

Can you access the external target drive normally?

Also, could you post a screencap of Disk Management for us?
(Windows key + R to open Run, then type "diskmgmt.msc")

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Win 7 backup facility works fine but after the backups have been made I use the "Manage space" tool via Win 7's "Backup and Restore" facility even though I'm using the very same Win 7 user and password I used to setup and run the backups. My user and password has "Administration" authority.

Now the backups are located on a Western Digital NAS. I can view all of the Win 7 backups there via this laptop via Windows Explorer. These backups are located on a "Public" folder on the WD NAS device on my LAN.

I've searched the web for clue/solutions. I even created another Win 7 user and password with "Administration" authority and used it to create backups in a different folder on this NAS device's "Public" folder. Same thing, no access via "Manage space" because "The backup location is not accessible." but I can view the backup files.

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Hi. I am trying to perform a full PC Backup on Vista Service Pack 2.  I have a recently purchased Seagate Backup Plus 2TB drive which has 1.6TB free space.  When I do the normal 'Backup Files' option it backs up onto this drive no problem  When I then try to do a Complete PC Backup onto the same disk (size of backup estimted to be 67Gb), it bombs straight away, with the error message 'One of the backup files could not be created. (x08078002A)'. I have only performed a full backup once onto multiple DVDs which worked fine.  This backup however, is seriously out of date now. Could someone please assist? Thanks.

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For the last few weeks I was getting a pop-up each time I switch on my
notebook which said (as I recall) " Schedule System Backup was not
performed as the Computer was turned off, Do you want to backup?" (I cannot
exactly remember the message). So what I did was I clicked "yes" and left the
notebook on for a few hours while I was away.

After I came back I realised that the remaining Hard Disk Space had been
reduced from 35 GB to around 16 GB. I was surprised to see this. Has VISTA
save full copy of my Hard Disk within my C: drive?

Can anyone please let me know what has happened and how to get back the lost
space. I do not mind deleting any backup that has been save somewhere in the
Hard Disk.
Please help.


A:reduced disk space after backup

sounds like the back up is on drive c: you would need to find it and transfer to ie a usb drive or disc you could then delete and regain the space

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I have a 3 year old PC with XP OS. The hard drive is about 150 gig and is full. Attached to it is an external Maxtor (one touch) hard drive for backup; it is about 500 gigs. Backup occurs automatically each night.

I purchased a 1 TB Western Digital external hard drive that is still in the box.

My thought is to convert the Maxtor into an external hard drive and then use the 1 TB drive for backup of all (internal hard drive and external).

Question: Good plan? If so, how do I undo the Maxtor as a backup and make it just an external hard drive? And then when I install the Western Digital how do I make sure that it is backing up both the internal and external drives?

A:Hard disk space and backup


Here is what I would do.
1 Buy a new modern hard drive like this WD drive.
2 Clone your current drive to the new one so you do not have to reinstall everything. You will also get better performance from a modern 32meg cache hard drive than your current drive.
3 Use your current external drive for backups. Switch the drive OFF when not making an image backup.

FWIW external drives just do not last as long nor are they are reliable as internal drives. This is for a few reasons;
1 Heat. External drives are not made to run all of the time unless they have some type of cooling.
2 External drives are getting moved around and are subject to more shock damage

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Hello community..

New laptop Toshiba Satellite L500. 320Gb hard disk with 2 partitions, C + D (160Gb + 160Gb)

I used the windows7 home premium backup utility to make an image of my "C" drive. I saved the files on the separate partition "D".

The program advised me that although it was on a separate drive, it was actually on the same physical drive as my operating system and as such, in the event of hard disk failure, I would be boned. All logical stuff, and I accepted and went ahead knowing that I was about to buy a new external HD. So when I got my new USB external HD, I copied the backup files from D, pasted to X and then deleted the backup from D. (After a freak powercut once at a crucial time, I never move files, I always copy then delete the original).

Question: Why have I lost the 15Gb of space that was taken by the backup image of the C drive? I have system restore turned off on the D drive. I have run M$ disk cleanup utility, also CCleaner but I am mising 15Gb. I have also done: folder options --> view --> show hidden files and folders + Show protected sytem files, but cannot see anything on the drive. Any suggestions, please?


EDIT: Also, when I right click on the backup image it says it has no size at all, so I only know how big it is from knowing the hard disk free space before and after. Why is this too?

A:lost disk space for system backup

Download windirstat and see for yourself
Ill get the link

After you get to the segments on the HD, either click or put cursor (forget which) to get more information
Dont forget the worst case scenario.
Run anti virus scan
Download and scan with Malwarbytes, update before you scan

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Recently installed Windows 7 and trying to set up the Windows backup utility. Tried twice and got a reprt that there was not enough disk space. Now installed a new 250 Gb drive purely for the back up. Utility runs for about 2 hours and still gives me a report that there is insufficient disk space. Really puzzled since my Win 7 disk, all programs and all data files incl music and video etc etc etc are way less that 250 Gb. So why is this not working ? Am I missing something ?


A:Backup always reports lack of disk space

Just a bit more info if it helps ...

Firstly, should have said I am backing up my Windows 7 files to another networked PC running XP.
Also, having run it again it has created a message as follows

"Windows Backup skipped backing up system image because one of the crtical volumes does not have enough disk space. Free up some disk space by deleting uneccesary files and try again."

Error code 0x81000033
All my personal files have been backed up so its just the image thats failing. That said, the disk I am backing up to still has over 130Gb of free space, so I do not understand why I get an insufficient space error.


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Hello everyone,
I have a 1TB hard drive on my PC and a few months ago I bought another 1TB hard drive as a backup drive.

I back up every week or so using the windows disk image facility (Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup) , but each time I backup the space taken up on the backup drive increases drastically. It would appear to be backing up up ANOTHER image instead of overwriting the new one?

I canot find anywhere to say over-write the existing image, would I be better to delete the image before creating a new one?
Many thanks,

A:Backup disk space - filling up rather quickly

Quote: Originally Posted by Sime83

Hello everyone,
I have a 1TB hard drive on my PC and a few months ago I bought another 1

Is this a ? Stop saving things I guess

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I have a laptop: Lenovo G560 running Windows 7.
I keep receiving messages from the Action Center that says "Check backup disk space(Important)". When I press it, a message comes up with three options: Manage backup disk space, Change backup settings, Try to run backup again." I've tried to run backup to create a system image and it fails saying that there's not enough space. Lenovo's D: partition seems to be specifically for this. 25.18GB are free out of 29GB on this partition...how much space should a system image take up? I went in to the "set up backup" settings, changed it to "Let me choose" and checked only "Include a system image of drives H: and C:"
I attached a jpeg of what this window looks like.
 backupSettings.jpg   60.26KB
There is not a single system image saved on my computer...doesn't seem good! Any advice would be great, thank you!

A:Backup is failing due to lack disk space

Please download and install Speccy to provide us with information about your computer.  When the  FileHippo website opens, click on Download latest version in the upper left pane.
When Speccy opens you will see a screen similar to the one below.

Click on File which is outlined in red in the screen above, and then click on Publish Snapshot.
The following screen will appear, click on Yes.

The following screen will appear, click on Copy to Clipboard.

In your next post right click inside the Reply to Topic box, then click on Paste.  This will load a link to the Speccy log.

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Without any additional saving of files the disk space on Disk D: has shrunk by several GB several times. What is the reason. I still have 40 GB left. Will I be left with no disk space one day? How do I correct the situation?

A:[SOLVED] Backup disk space shrinking

Welcome rdsharma.

This D: drive, is it on the same hard drive as your C:? So you've just got two partitions on one drive, C and D?

Do you have anything on the partition D or is it empty?

It's possible the system is creating system restore points every so often for that drive.

To check this out, do the following:
> - Click on the Start globe/button
> - Type Advanced System Settings and select the option "view advanced system settings"
> - In the new window that appears, click on System Protection tab

Look in the protection settings area, look at the available drivers and find D:, is protection On?


Also try running a check on your disk, which may take some time depending on how large your drive is.

To do this:
> - Click on the Start globe/button again,
> - Type cmd, right click and run as administrator
> - in the console window, type chkdsk /r c: and tap enter,
> - when asked about doing the scan on next system reboot, type and enter Y.

Restart your system and go do something else for a while...

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Hi, I get a notification every 10 minutes or so saying "Low Disk Space - You are running out of disk space on backup disk"
In the backup settings, I told it to delete files whenever it needs space, yet I'm still getting this annoying message.
A) Is my backup running as it should be?
B) How can I get rid of the annoying message?

A:Low disk space message for Backup disk.

Hello MPAII,

You will need to give us a lot more information. What backup software are you using? Is the Backup disk external or internal? What space do you have on it and what are you backing up? System image or selected data files?

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I have 1286 Backup.zip files and assume they are Win 7 backups? Is it safe to delete them and why are there so many? Do I have a setting turned on that I don't need? I am getting "low on disk space" messages now and can't quite figure it out?

Thanks in advance,

A:Help! 1286 Backup.zip files-low on disk space error

Quote: Originally Posted by boidsonly

I have 1286 Backup.zip files and assume they are Win 7 backups? Is it safe to delete them and why are there so many? Do I have a setting turned on that I don't need? I am getting "low on disk space" messages now and can't quite figure it out?

Thanks in advance,

In which folder? What are the file date/time? I mean are they cretaed each day/week/hour?

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Hi. Using Windows 7 Home Edition 64bit. Backup drive is an external hard drive drive. Back up drive is full with weekly backups from April 2011 to January 2012 (print screen attached). Question is, since each subsequent back up targets changes since the previous backup, can I delete the earlier backups without impacting the later backups. Thanks for your help!

A:Low Disk Space for Backup-What files can I safely delete?

Hello DJE, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Instead of manually deleting the backup files, I would recommend to use OPTION ONE in the tutorial below to delete the backups that you do not want anymore instead. It will be a lot safer to do.

Backup User and System Files - Delete Backups

Hope this helps,

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Hello. I am having trouble with a message in Action Center in Windows 8.1. It is saying "Check Backup Disk Space" and I cannot hide the message. I had Windows 7 File Recovery setup with Windows 8.1, but now after the upgrade, the message is "stuck." Can this be fixed? These two links explain it perfectly:

Windows 8.1 Update - Check backup disk space - Microsoft Community

Windows 8.1, can't remove "Check backup disk space" error in action center - Ars Technica OpenForum

Please help. Thanks.

A:"Check Backup Disk Space" Error Windows 8.1

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Hi - I keep getting the message that a backup failed due to less than 400 MB on the Windows disk. I have about 350 GB available on the disk!

Other backups have worked OK. I have seen a long thread on the Microsoft site with lots of people saying they have the same intermittent problem, but no solution. Anyone know what causes this?

I'm working Home Premium, and backup up to another hard disk on the same machine which also has lots of free space.

Thanks guys


A:Vista backup fails "not enough space on Windows disk"

Just a couple of simple questions, which you may have already covered.
How much space is on the C drive.(where Vista is installed)
On the 'Where do you want to save your backup' page, you are sure it is your second drive and not the 'Recovery' partition.

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Start out with USB External hard drive with 470 GB free space.  Run Backup.  New folder is created with zero size and removable disc free space has decreased to 258 GB.  Backup message is received at end of the backup, Backup Unsuccessful
not enough backup drive free space.  Did a backup actually get created with usable backup data even though the folder size is zero when the created folder properties are displayed?
Why do "Not enough free space" message occur?  Is this related to some other backup operation?

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Hello everyone.

I am thinking to convert my HDDs to Windows Dynamic Disks. I would love to use software RAID (Hardware Does not support RAID) and I see to do this I need to Convert HDDs to Dynamic Disks. I have done Dynamic Disk RAID 0 in Win XP era.

I heavily rely on the inbuilt Windows Image backup to Reset the system to Fully customized and tuned state as the need be. I came to read that Image backup does not like Backing up TO A DYNAMIC DISK.
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

However, I am curious if the Image backup can successfully backup FROM and RESTORE TO a Dynamic disk , provided that WindowsImageBackup Itself is on a basic, USB HDD?

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Hello all,

In case of windows hibernating or log off, the backup operations are suspended, delayed?
What happens in that case?
Otherwise, while backup is running, it prevents the system hibernation?

What is the way to handle this case?


A:Windows backup can manage Windows hibernating or log off?

It may be that no one who has read your thread has done this, and can't answer.

I use Hybrid sleep (Sleep + Hibernate) and I use Acronis for System Image Backups.
I manually create backup images and don't use scheduling.
I don't let the PC go to sleep or log off while I'm creating a backup image.
So, I can't answer your questions.

To test what you want to know I would:
Schedule a backup to start after 2 minutes, and set the PC to hibernate after 5 minutes.

See what happens...
Maybe it will not hibernate until the backup is finished.
Or, maybe the PC will "sleep" and the backup will continue after the PC wakes up.
If it does "sleep and continue the backup", I would verify the image.

If there are problems, I would adjust my backup strategy / scheduling as needed.

For me backup images are very important, so I personally test everything myself to make sure it does work for me.

Hope this helps.

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Hi all,

So I've been having disk space issues lately on my windows XP machine. After downloading TreeSize, I found that ~67 GB of my ~80 GB hard drive are taken up by Windows Installer Files. These are mostly .msp files (in total, there are 11,657 files taking up 66.7 of the 67 GB).

I've read around and read various things about these files, but I wanted to come here to get some confirmation about how to remove these files (if I can remove these files). It seems like a lot of them are duplicates, I'm looking for a good quick clean way to get rid of the dups, or just a nice simple way to decrease the size of this folder in general without destorying my computer. I see no reason that these files should take up 67 GB.

Specs below.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Genuine Intel(R) CPU T2400 @ 1.83GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 14 Stepping 8
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1022 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Mobility Radeon X1300, 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 81564 MB, Free - 485 MB; D: Total - 27156 MB, Free - 17812 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0XD720
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

A:Windows installer takes up ~85% of disk space


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Hello, my Windows folder takes 180giga of disk space! I have weird files (called "y" ...) that ALWAYS grow up whenever I delete something these weird files grow up.... I tried everything I could to delete them and I can't! They're hidden +h and system +s ... Please I need help is this a virus? What is this ? How can I stop these files from growing and how can I delete them?


I already run malwarebytes anti malware and superantimalwares ....

Help appreciated thanks in advance

A:My Windows folder takes 180giga in disk space!

Fill out your system specs at the lower left of your posts so we know what you have under the hood.

Do you use Avast anti-virus?

Download and run Tree Size Free to see what's using space.

TreeSize Free - Quickly Scan Directory Sizes and Find Space Hogs

vssadmin list shadowstorage

Run the above command at a command prompt to find out how much space is being used by System Restore.

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I serviced my friend?s 6-month-old Win10 (x64) TOSHIBA Satellite S55-C laptop last month.
The computer has a 1TB HDD & they use a 1TB external HDD to save their data and what they thought was a computer backup by literally copying everything on Drive C, which amounted to each unit to be as full as could be.
To make a long story short, it was a mess but easy to clean up except for how to handle their Norton Security with Backup. Personally I?d rather get rid of the backup section but it?s their computer. How do I know where their data is being saved and how to manage it? If I can convince them to get rid of the Norton backup section though how can I do that?

I?d like to add their previous Win7 computer had crashed on them and they lost a ton of pictures as well as their data that even a local professional computer shop couldn?t recover anything. But now they are asking me for my help because they don?t know what they are doing and admit it. I know I can help them but I?m a simple computer user who likes to keep things in order & simple and I?m willing to help them do the same.

A:How manage maybe even unistall Norton backup

They should get an external HDD to backup their most important data like pictures etc. This can be done using Northon Backup (properly configured) but my recommendation would be PureSync (free or professional version). And maybe they should also create system images. But I would do them manually every now and then. I don't know Northon Backup and whether it offers this backup type but a free alternative would be Macrium Reflect (free or paid edition). Or of course any other paid solution like Paragon Hard Disk Manager (which I use), Acronis True Image...

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I am trying to backup bitlocker recovery information to AD from within Powershell, and was able to isolate the numerical ID and store it in a variable - is it possible to use a variable as shown? I tried using single & double quotes both inside and outside
the {}.
manage-bde -protectors -adbackup c: -ID {variable}

A:Backup Bitlocker Powershell, manage-bde

I think it needs double quotes but I'm not 100% on that. Have only had to use it a few times as I allow MBAM to store it into AD for me. The command is correct, you are using the GUID correctly?
If you run it manually it works I assume?...you sure it's not getting stored?
You know you have to install the BitLocker Management Feature on a machine to be able to view the recovery key in AD, right?PLEASE MARK ANY ANSWERS TO HELP OTHERS Blog:
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Can someone give me a simple explanation of how Windows 10 backup works? I am not asking how to set it up, or how to create a system image, but rather how it behaves. When it backs up files, does it compare source with destination, then copy only if the source file of the same name is newer? Or, does it copy all files, regardless, filling up my external hard drive. I would like to limit the amount of storage for backup. In other words, if it's safe, I want to delete everything that is not up to date.

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My wife has a two month old Lenovo ideapad with Windows 7. We are now getting alerts that the D partition is near full. Is this system taking multipul backups of the harddrive C and storing them all? What are my best options to have a safe backup, but not overloading the D partition? I do see in; Computer>System>Device Manager>Disk Drives>D Drive General tab that there are two options at the bottom.
option one, (not checked in my case) "Compress this drive to save disk space".
Option two, (checked) "Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed in addition to file properties"
Would selecting option one solve my problem? If this system is saving a snapshot of D over and over, it will only be a matter of time when option one will be overcome.
SO, I would think that there has to be a setting that will let partition D delete older backups...right?

Would it be a combination of selecting option one and changing a setting that would enable older backups to be automaticaly removed?

A:Action Center "Check backup disk space" alert

Welcome to the forum
If your D drive is made for backup's only, you can delete all files exept the newest one.
But it's advised to make backup's on an external USB drive and change the frequency of backup's to your files and olso for images to your OS.

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I am attempting to use Windows Backup on my Dell Inspiron 560MT with Win7 Home Premium installed. It fails supposedly for lack of space available on the receiving external drive (250 GB gross, 232 GB net), of which 26.6 MB only is occupied.

The space occupied by files and folders in my hard disk partitions, C: and I: (recovery) is 171.07 GB, so I do not understand, why there is insufficient space. Surely there should be at least
231-172= 59GB left once the backup is completed!

Can anyone explain and advise? Please!

A:Windows Backup says not enough space on external drive, but there is

Could you take a snip of your Disk Management and post it? It would help to see exactly how your hard drive is set up.

Open Disk Management - How Do I Open Disk Management in Windows?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

You may have a problem with insufficient free space in the hidden 100MB ?System Reserved? partition.

The backup did not complete successfully - not enough free space.

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I have a very mysterious problem when trying to backup my system.
C: drive is a 500 GB disk filled to almost 70%, so there are more or less 350 GB of data, OS included.
H: drive is a 1TB disk used only for backup purposes.

I have setup Windows Backup to do a backup of OS and user data with all the recommended options enabled once a week, which shouldn't be a problem, given the sizes of source and destination; as a matter of fact, on a almost identical machine those options resulted in one system image plus 3 backup periods, and the 1TB drive was not even filled up.

Strangely, this machine I'm trying to fix was not back upping properly, saying that the destination drive was full. I have checked the amounts of space used by SysImages (approx. 300 GB [!]) and Backup Periods (approx 670GB [!!!]), and there was only ONE big backup period, so I could not delete older periods to make room for new ones, which by the way is what Windows backup should do by itself.

I have tried to reset all the options, then proceeded to format the backup drive, then start the backup from scratch: this resulted AGAIN in a full drive, a 300GB SysImage and 670GB of "incremental" backup period...

Leaving things this way leads to Win Backup error, stating that the destination drive is full, so I can only do manual, non incremental backups.

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A:Windows 7 backup taking too much space and too long

Use this for your images. Much better than the windows built in program The best free imaging program you can get. Includes scheduling and incremental/differential, which you don't get in other free.

FREE Backup software for Windows 7, 8 and Server 2008 R2, 2012

You can also get the Aomei partition assistant Pro version free today from here:

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I have a 2TB backup disk, and schedule a weekly backup of my USER data only, no system image created. My most recent backup apparently did not complete due to lack of space, per the msg. in Windows Backup...

There is a system image on the same disk, presumably in the folder called WindowsImageBackup? I don't see an option in Windows Backup to delete the system image.

Is it safe to just delete this folder WindowsImageBackup in FileExplorer (perhaps after I create a new system image on another disk :-)?

As of last backup my USER directory was about 300GB, but the backup is shown as 633GB.
When I go to "manage disk space" in Windows backup, I only see a single backup period, 11/15/15 - 1/27/16, so it appears that I can only delete the entire backup.

So I wonder why is this backup so large? How can I avoid having it just keep growing?

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I am very new to Windows Backup and have a few questions. Actually, my first question is not really specific to Windows Backup, but I notice it whenever I go to Disk Management to view my backups, so I hope it's okay if I ask it here.

Partition Question:

I have the following partitions on Disk 0:
100MB - 70% free
C:906.34GB - which has 82% or 739.03GB free
25.07GB OEM partition which is listed as 100% free

Isn't that 25GB OEM partition the Recovery partition? If so, why is it listed as 100% free? And what is the 100MB NTFS partition for?


Now for my Windows Backup questions:

I ran Windows Backup for the first time Thursday night morning. I chose the "Let Windows choose, recommended" option - "Windows will automatically select user files... A system image will be created including system files, drivers, registry settings, Windows and all of your programs. These items will be backed up on a regular schedule".

It took 6 or 7 hours to complete. When it was done, my 1TB external hdd had 661.51 GB free space. I was surprised because my 1TB desktop hdd still had 742 GB free space. I didn't anticipate the backup to take up more space, and I'm hoping someone can explain to me why it does. Is it because it copies virtually the entire hard drive and then also makes a specific image of the operating system, registry and installed programs?

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A:Windows Backup, Used Space, & Partition Questions

Were I you and I'm not, I would keep my personal data and Windows in separate partitions. Maybe 60 or 80 gigs for Windows and the other 880 or whatever for data.

Then image the operating system and data partitions separately, so you avoid this confusion.

You aren't anywhere near the first person to be confused by Windows imaging--that's why many have given up on it. There are free alternatives that are much more flexible and straightforward.

The 100 MB partition you refer to was put there by Windows and is used in certain recovery operations. With luck you won't ever need to use it. You can hide it from view I think. You can even avoid it during an installation. Most people just ignore it and possibly hide it.

I can't explain why your OEM partition is shown as empty. Offhand, I wouldn't necessarily believe it is empty. Hang on to it at least temporarily.

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I have a 2TB backup disk, and schedule a weekly backup of my USER data only, no system image created. My most recent backup apparently did not complete due to lack of space, per the msg. in Windows Backup...

There is a system image on the same disk, presumably in the folder called WindowsImageBackup? I don't see an option in Windows Backup to delete the system image.

Is it safe to just delete this folder WindowsImageBackup in FileExplorer (perhaps after I create a new system image on another disk :-)?

As of last backup my USER directory was about 300GB, but the backup is shown as 633GB.
When I go to "manage disk space" in Windows backup, I only see a single backup period, 11/15/15 - 1/27/16, so it appears that I can only delete the entire backup.

So I wonder why is this backup so large? How can I avoid having it just keep growing?

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I recently backed up my computer using Windows backup and restore then decided I wanted to move the backup to a different drive. I couldn't see any option to move the files so I decided to delete the backup and start again.

However, in my haste, I deleted the files manually in Windows explorer instead of in backup and restore itself and therein lies the problem:

Although the files have been deleted the space taken up by the backup has not. i.e. there is 30GB of space still allocated to the backup that I can not seem to free up.

There are no backups showing in Windows backup and restore so I can't delete from there.

How can I free up this space since without formatting the drive since it contains lots of other information that I wish to keep?

A:Windows 7 Backup and Restore Free Space Problem

a little bit more info on your system would be helpful.

Run DISKMGMT.MSC and take a snapshot of the result.

Include the snapshot in your next post.

Do you want to keep the backup?

Never do a system backup to the very drive you want to restore.

Most people, since they do not have numerous hard drives, backup to an external drive.

first though, expand your system info and send that snapshot.

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1. Ran out of this space in my Q:Lenvovo - backup assigned partition.  14GB.  (My C: drive has 80GB free!) How can I fix this?  Is there a way to expand the partition without deleting it first?  Does Lenvovo or Microsoft or SSD manufacturer have a tool to do this where you just enter the amount you want to expand a partition to and it will adjust the other partition accordingly?  If not; I cannot delete the Q:Lenovo drive using file explorer or disk cleanup utility.  How do I remove at the original backup?  When I go to disk cleanup it shows blank the files; so it is a hidden file or subdirectory.  I even try signing on as System Administratin but forgot the password I created, it been so long ago and never use it.  LOL!   If I cannot do any of this:  There is an option to do a Windows 10 refresh but can you redirect it to a new SSD from the existing SSD? 2. Looking to get a new SSD but in NVMe configuration. a. Does my L450 support NVMe boot up? What type of NVMe does my Thinkpad support?  I thinking of getting the Samsung 860 Evo.b. Is connecting the new NVMe and running transfer SSD software the Windows 10 will recognize the drives and do the transfer?    Serial NumberF0ATPKGPart Number: 20D5503800 Thanks for any help you can give in this matter!

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i tried to make a disc image yesterday, then tried to backup my laptop (compaq w/ hp software and W7 home premium) and it comes up with an error saying its missing a "Volume Shadow Copy blah blah blah" its in the attachment. i want to create a system image.

help'd be appreciated.

A:Windows 7 can't backup or make disk images or system repair disk

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I am not able to make backup, I get message not enough free space for shadow copy? How do I resolve this? I understand some kind of USN journal is created on
System reserved partion. This hidden partition was created when I installed and now I have only 38Mb free out of 100Mb. As I understand this has been an Issue for more than a year, and still Microsoft has not resolved?

A:Windows 7 image backup, error not enough space for shadow copy

I've had that error a few times. I think I tied the times of when it happens to installing new software, perhaps an upgrade of security software ..but that isn't certain. I have never found a definite resolution for the problem but after looking at the partition in Disk Management, scratching my head and rebooting a few times, the percentage of free space has just magically increased. Then the disk imaging procedure works OK.

I have read that this partition can be merged with the C: Drive and if installing the system afresh, the same can be done. However, just as I start considering this, the problem has thankfully gone away.

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I did a full backup using vista backup and recovery centre onto a seagate 160gb usb drive.  The backup completed successfully so I rebuilt the machine.
On trying to rebuild, I run bakup and restore center and it cant even see the drive (it can see the C partition, the E (recovery) partition and nothing else.  It doesnt see the D (Data Partition) or the USB device.)
Tried copying it to the E partition and forcing it to use it but get  backup location not found which is mentioned elsewhere as an issue with mediaid.bin.
any ideas, i now have a shiny sparkly new machine with no data on it. 
The data is there in a compressed form but id much rather restore properly.
grateful for any help.

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I periodically backup my data files which is on another hard drive than WIN7 OS so this backup is not a system image. Every time I do a backup I do a restore to a dummy partition to double check the backup was successful. Anyway, I recently tried to restore my backup from March 2014 & the backup utility is not recognizing the file. It recognizes other backups so something must be off with this particular file.

I checked & it appears all of the catalogs & zipped files are present. Is there another manner or 3rd party software I could restore this particular file? The file is just over 100 GB. I should add that I have transferred that file from one hard drive to another since last March, but transferring should not be a problem as far as I understand.

Appreciate any suggestions

A:WINDOWS Backup & Restore utility not recognizing my backup file

zipped files? You should be able to open those in windows explorer.Or use 7-zip.

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I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate connected to network with Server 2008 (R2).

I am trying to backup the System Image [only] to a share on the server without success:

[Window Title] Windows Backup: Troubleshooting Options

[Main Instruction] Check your backup

[Content] Windows Backup cannot read the backup destination.

[Try to run backup again] [Change backup settings]

[Expanded Information]
Backup time: 8/05/2016 6:20 PM
Backup location: \\Server2008\backup\
Error code: 0x8078006F

The backup location is a valid share on the server and is accessible (and read/writeable) from my Win7 machine. Both SYSTEM and Administrators have "Full control". When setting up the backup, the location is tested and a username and password requested - these are accepted (and wrong ones are not, so some sort of check is being carried out), however when I attempt to run the backup (either manually or on schedule) the backup runs briefly (a few %) then fails with the message "Windows backup did not complete successfully" then the message box as above. No files are created at the backup location.

A search of the web finds a lot of similar questions and a lot of wrong and useless answers. This has been an ongoing problem for some time, but I really would like to have a regular scheduled backup. Has anybody got any clues, please?

A:Windows Backup cannot read the backup destination, Error: 0x8078006F

Hi Seven,

include the domain name of the network drive (not the computer you're backing up, but the network device): NETWORKDEVICE\Username\backup\

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