On Thu, 31 Jan 2008 07:17:00 -0800, shaftoe
> I'm new to MS forums
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> and can't find an edit button.
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> I erred on my remaining
> storage on my D disk it is 25gigabites of still empty space, not 25meg.
> Vista Ultimate 32, Office 2007
> "shaftoe" wrote:
> > I'm running Vista Ultimate 32. My machine has 2 320gig HDs, one is my
> > operating disk the other for backup only.
I strongly recommend that you reconsider your backup strategy. What
you are doing is better than no backup at all, but just barely. I
don't recommend backup to a second non-removable hard drive because it
leaves you susceptible to simultaneous loss of the original and backup
to many of the most common dangers: severe power glitches, nearby
lightning strikes, virus attacks, even theft of the computer.
In my view, secure backup needs to be on removable media, and not kept
in the computer. For really secure backup (needed, for example, if the
life of your business depends on your data) you should have multiple
generations of backup, and at least one of those generations should be
So I recommend taking that second drive out of the computer, and
mounting it in an inexpensive ($10-25 US) external USB enclosure, and
connecting it only when you do your backups.
> > I have been accumulating
> > incremental backups and now my D drive only has 25meg of space left. How does
> > Vista handle this space limitation.
> > Does it delete out the oldest files to make room for the latest backup?
> > How much extra space does it allow for so that the drive does not become too
> > full to manage?
It doesn't do this at all.
> > Can I specify how much head room to leave on the drive?
> > Or do I just delete the whole backup and start building backups all over
> > again?
You need to manage the space on the drive yourself.
Are you using the native Windows backup utility? If so, be aware that
it's better than nothing, but it's probably the poorest and most
limited choice available. I recommend that you invest in a third-party
alternative, such as the excellent Acronis True Image.
Also if you do incremental backups, it's not wise to make that chain
of incremental backups too long. I wouldn't go much longer than a
dozen or so. Regardless of how much space you have left, after every
bunch of increments, you should create a new full backup and start
over again (but that doesn't mean you have to delete the old backup
files if there's enough room for them.
You can read my general advice on backup here:
Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP - Windows Desktop Experience
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