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    Windows backup running out of space

    I've a friend with Windows 7 that is using Windows Backup. Their problem is that their backup drive keeps getting fuller and fuller until it runs out of space and the backups start failing. They currently have over 120GB with of data, mostly videos, which keeps growing. I've already recommended that they consider the philosophy of "deleting ruthlessly" to reduce the amount, but, alas, they cannot. They're getting a larger backup drive but that will just defer the problem. I should also mention that the cloud isn't much of an option. Their access to the cloud is at Starbucks, the library, or my house.

    Does Windows Backup age out old versions and somehow trim them out of the backed up repositories? In other words, can it be told to keep only the most recent five changes to a file and to automatically delete from the backup any older copies? Or can it be setup to do a full backup once per month with incremental in between and to keep the current series plus the previous months backups and automatically delete anything older than that?

    Or can you recommends a backup app, preferably free (they're in the starving artist category), that would meet this need? Please bear in mind that they are not especially computer literate. A set (by me) and forget solution is preferred. They really only need a data and settings backup. I make a full image of their computer now and again for them as I'm the one that usually is adding or removing software.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Brian (Accidental IT)

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    Go to "Control Panel/Backup and Restore", and look through the "Manage space" and "Change settings" dialogs:

    BackupRestore.jpg

    Mine backs up about 40GB from my C:\ drive and about 310GB from my D:\ drive to my E:\ drive (1TB), and also creates an image of my C:\ drive. Every couple of months I have a look in the "Manage space" dialog and might delete older backup sets if I have any concern about freespace on the E:\ drive.

    About once a month I also create images of my C:\ & D:\ drives with "BootIt BareMetal" ( http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/bootit-bare-metal.htm ) to an external USB drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by byg7668 View Post
    Or can you recommends a backup app, preferably free (they're in the starving artist category), that would meet this need? Please bear in mind that they are not especially computer literate. A set (by me) and forget solution is preferred. They really only need a data and settings backup.

    Brian (Accidental IT)
    You could try Cobian Backup at http://www.cobiansoft.com/index.htm

    That should do everything you need, and is quite easy to set up. Use the system task scheduler to set up a regular backup, and it will run automatically; you can choose Full every time, or Incremental + initial Full etc. with quite a range of options.

    Garth

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    Macrium Reflect free version is worth a look. You need to look closely to see if it will do precisely what you need, but to get started here's a comparison chart:

    http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx

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