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Cleaning External Drive How do I clean up my external backup drive

#1 User is offline   charal 

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Posted 28 May 2010 - 04:35 AM

I have a 500G Seagate external drive for backup. It is almost full (465G) while my main drive is only 200G out of 320G. Obviously there is a lot of junk in the external and I need to clean it up but I can't seem to make any significant dent in it. I think the best solution would be to delete everything and do a fresh backup but I can't see how to do that. Help.
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Posted 28 May 2010 - 06:39 AM

View Postcharal, on 28 May 2010 - 04:35 AM, said:

I have a 500G Seagate external drive for backup. It is almost full (465G) while my main drive is only 200G out of 320G. Obviously there is a lot of junk in the external and I need to clean it up but I can't seem to make any significant dent in it. I think the best solution would be to delete everything and do a fresh backup but I can't see how to do that. Help.


Hi and welcome to the forum. I guess the easiest method would be to reformat the external drive. If you right click on the icon for it, there should be an option to Format it.
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Posted 28 May 2010 - 07:47 AM

View Postcharal, on 28 May 2010 - 04:35 AM, said:

I have a 500G Seagate external drive for backup. It is almost full (465G) while my main drive is only 200G out of 320G. Obviously there is a lot of junk in the external and I need to clean it up but I can't seem to make any significant dent in it. I think the best solution would be to delete everything and do a fresh backup but I can't see how to do that. Help.

Hi, Charal. a 500GB drive should be plenty for backing up a 320GB drive.

Two questions:

1) Are you using the drive ONLY for backup?

2) Could you please tell us something about your backup routine? What program (if any) do you use. How often do you back up? How do you have it configured?

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Posted 29 May 2010 - 05:13 AM

I use the Seagate software to backup daily at a set time. I was using Gmail backup for some time and I think that is why there is so much data stored. I have cleaned up my main drive (deleting unnecessary photos, music etc.) and I need to gain space on the external drive.
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Posted 29 May 2010 - 01:23 PM

View Postcharal, on 29 May 2010 - 05:13 AM, said:

I use the Seagate software to backup daily at a set time. I was using Gmail backup for some time and I think that is why there is so much data stored. I have cleaned up my main drive (deleting unnecessary photos, music etc.) and I need to gain space on the external drive.

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Posted 30 May 2010 - 10:44 AM

View Postcharal, on 29 May 2010 - 05:13 AM, said:

I use the Seagate software to backup daily at a set time. I was using Gmail backup for some time and I think that is why there is so much data stored. I have cleaned up my main drive (deleting unnecessary photos, music etc.) and I need to gain space on the external drive.

I'm not familiar with Seagate's backup software (probably licensed from someone else). When you look at the contents of the backup drive, do you see lots of files of the same type--as if each daily backup is it's own file?

Another thing to look for: Examine the backup program's options and see if there's something called Purge.

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