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    "Build a complete Windows 7 safety net"

    Last June (2011) I followed the above named article (Build a complete etc.) and used a 300Gb internal hard drive as the backup location. I did not realize that the space would be eaten up so quickly. I now have only 18Gb remaining on the location disk.
    My question(s) are: What do I have to do to replace the backup disk with a 1Tb internal hard drive? Do I just switch the drives and go through the same procedure again. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    By the way this is Windows 7 Professional.

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    Hello,

    Welcome as a new poster.

    You may not need a new drive. I'm not sure how you're backing up but if you are doing incrementals or are keeping a series of full backups you have options.
    1. If doing full backups and you have more than 3 generations I'd just delete the oldest to make room for the next one.
    2. If you are doing incrementals every so often, before your disk gets full, you should take a full image and then delete the incrementals.

    I have a 250Gb WD Passport drive that I use to back up my laptop and it holds 3 generations of full image backups w/o a problem. Of course if you have a lot of video/music YMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredGeek View Post
    Hello,

    Welcome as a new poster.

    You may not need a new drive. I'm not sure how you're backing up but if you are doing incrementals or are keeping a series of full backups you have options.
    1. If doing full backups and you have more than 3 generations I'd just delete the oldest to make room for the next one.
    2. If you are doing incrementals every so often, before your disk gets full, you should take a full image and then delete the incrementals.

    I have a 250Gb WD Passport drive that I use to back up my laptop and it holds 3 generations of full image backups w/o a problem. Of course if you have a lot of video/music YMMV.

    Good Luck.
    I do not actually know how I am backing up. I just followed the procedure from Windows Secrets: "BUILD A COMPLETE WINDOWS SAFETY NET". At 68 years old (a retired pharmacist) I think I have forgotten most of what I used to know about computers. I do know that when I set it up last June, it was to backup every Tuesday. I do not understand "delete oldest incrementals". I have never actually looked at the backups.

    When I started this, I had an extra 298Gb drive on my computer (from a former computer) and just did a long format on it and followed the above mentioned procedure. If you could give me more basic instructions (or tell me where to go and look for info) I would sure appreciate it.

    Thanks.

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    Can you use Windows Explorer to get a look at your backup drive, then use the Snipping Tool to capture a screenshot of its contents and post that back here? It will give us a better idea of what you are dealing with.
    Create a new drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbearren View Post
    Can you use Windows Explorer to get a look at your backup drive, then use the Snipping Tool to capture a screenshot of its contents and post that back here? It will give us a better idea of what you are dealing with.
    I will try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbearren View Post
    Can you use Windows Explorer to get a look at your backup drive, then use the Snipping Tool to capture a screenshot of its contents and post that back here? It will give us a better idea of what you are dealing with.
    system image.png

    Is this what you were talking about?

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    Yes, that's a good start. Now if you can get an Explorer view of the SystemImageBackup folder's contents that same way and post it here.
    Create a new drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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    Do these help?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbearren View Post
    Yes, that's a good start. Now if you can get an Explorer view of the SystemImageBackup folder's contents that same way and post it here.
    backupfolder.png

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    The highlighted file in your post #8 and the size of the file in the status bar at the bottom (66.0GB) makes it appear to me that it is a drive image. 66GB is a lot for an incremental backup.

    I'm not that familiar with Windows 7 imaging and backup tools; I use BootIt and a completely different backup regimen. I use only drive images, no incrementals.

    Hopefully someone more familiar with the Windows 7 tools will weigh in here and enlighten us. If (big if) those VHD files in the Backup folder are image files, it would be a simple matter to just save the latest one, and delete the rest.

    But as I said, I'm not familiar enough to make that jump.
    Create a new drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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    Thanks. I appreciate the help.

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