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SEAN ASHER asked on March 5, 2013. Status: Answered & Closed.

Win7 Backup Disk Space Not Recognizing Correct Amount

» I am trying to use Backup and Restore to back up the system onto a Seagate 200GB external hard drive. During the first try it seemed unresposive and I just let it run. Ultimately it said that there was not enough drive space on the back up disk to complete the back up. Under the Options button I chose to Manage Backup Disk Space and deleted the two previous backup periods. Seems it should be OK and I'm not sure why it isn't allowing a system image.

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» Snapshot programs such as Comodo Time Machine, Rollback or Wondershare Time Shuttle are great for quickly dealing with failed installs, virus infections and other software problems but don't cover you against disk failure. What's more they are incompatible with using boot disks or imaging systems such as Acronis and are an absolute nightmare in dual/triple boot situations. I was bowled over by Time Shuttle for a while but don't use it now - too many downsides. It's Acronis every time for me.

All my files are backed up onto 2 external disks. When I have a drive failure, I load the OS onto the new drive, get my apps and files from storage. Drive failures, thankfully, don't happen that often. "failed installs, virus infections(PWS:Win32/Fareit.gen!J) and other software problems" seem to be much more common in my experience.

On top of that, i have DLL Suite safeguard me against any serious system issues. It is compact and easy to use. It helped me a lot!

ANDREA SIMKINS replied on March 11, 2013

All Answers:

  1. AL BARBER replied on March 5, 2013: » You can view the contents of your backup by opening the Restore Files wizard. 1. Open Backup and Restore by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Backup and Restore. 2. Do one of the following: To view your files, click Restore my files.To view all users' files, click Restore all users' files. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation. 3.Do one of the following: To browse the contents of the backup, click Browse for files or Browse for folders. When you are browsing for folders, you won't be able to see the individual files in a folder. To view individual files, use the Browse for files option. To search the contents of the backup, click Search, type all or part of a filename, and then click Search

  2. SEAN ASHER replied on March 5, 2013: » I have an initial back up that is good. The problem is, it will not complete an update or additional back up. Even though there is enough space, it is saying there is not enough space. As well, it will not include a system image. How can I get it to realize that 65 and 65 is only 130, and with 200 available it should perform at least two full back ups. But, only including incremental additions I should be able to keep many more.

  3. PHILLIP MONTE replied on March 6, 2013: » I am having the same problem. I have a 250G internal hard drive and I get an error that there is not enough space. I formatted the drive and I am going to attempt the back up again.

  4. LARRY LAPE replied on March 7, 2013: » You can check one thing, verify that you have not asked Windows to manage your backup usage, instead select you want to manage it and set it to allow the whole disk.

    By default Windows 7 stores backups on a disk and only allows 30% of the disk to be used for backups, I do not know as my backup disk is 1 terabyte and my backups are about 60 Gig each so I can fit two complete backups at least, and it automatically deletes the oldest every Saturday when it creates the new full backup. But it could be that Windows thinks it can not even fit 1 full backup in 30% of 180 Gigabytes.

  5. ESTA EDDY replied on March 9, 2013: » I had the same problem, first backup was ok but after that I apparently didn't have enough room on my D drive even though there was 511gb free space.... so I checked the box "let me manage" and made sure that the box to create a system image was not checked.....the backup now goes without incident. Now I have the original system image that I created but not an updated one.

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