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Back up advice

Mokles

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#1
Hi,

I have an external hard drive which I've been using for 8/9 years. It was set to automatically back up and created sets of back ups which I could enter and delete the oldest ones as space filled up. At the beginning of this year I backed up my Android phone to my pc before sending it away for repair - it was a large backup around 40Gb which meant I hadn't space to do anymore. I won't go into why I haven't done anything about the back ups since but a couple of days ago I deleted my phone back up from the pc and the old back ups on the external hard drive and did a fresh back up and couldn't believe it when it filled the hard drive again.:unsure: Any ideas as to what's going on? I should also say that I also deleted the system image the other day as that seemed to be taking a lot of space, thinking it would make a new one, but it doesn't seem to have made one.

My external hard drive is 232Gb and the back up I just did was 171Gb.
My PC hard drive is 295GB with 239Gb used.
 

Mokles

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#2
Further to my last post, I've been looking around my back up drive and to my horror can't find any of my photos, videos or downloads! I just don't know what's taking up the space and where everything is. I can't find anything dated later than 2010 and that's after doing a backup this week.:cry:
Thinking about reformatting the external drive and starting afresh.
 

KenB

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#3
Thinking about reformatting the external drive and starting afresh.
You mentioned photos etc in your last post.
If you format the external drive you will certainly lose this data.

I can't find anything dated later than 2010
So eight years worth of backups have disappeared ?

Having a drive that is 9 years old for backups is not a good idea.
These things don't last forever. :(