Maximum size of Back-up Drive-D

By FieroFloyd ·
How do I increase the size of my Back-up Drive-D?
I can no longer back-up to it because there isn't enough room.

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by TheChas In reply to Maximum size of Back-up D ...

If is a physical drive, you could replace it with a larger drive. You can use the software provided by the drive manufacture to copy the old drive onto the new drive.

You can check if you have older backup files on the drive that you no longer need and remove them to create more space.

Review and clean up your C: drive so that the size of your backup is smaller.
Consider archiving old emails and files onto DVD or an external hard drive.


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remove superflous copies

by databaseben In reply to Maximum size of Back-up D ...

if the back up drive has multiple copies of backups created at different times, then you probably should delete the backups dated between the first backup and your last two backups.

but then you will need to do a check disk to ensure the master file table is indexed and then a defrag to merge and relocate the free space left behind after removing the superfluous copies.

also, the old back up methodology that compress's all the data into a single large file is not a reliable method.

there is nothing worst than thinking you have spent many hours making reliable backups only to discover at the time you are desperately trying to restore your system, that the backup files became corrupted without your knowledge.

so to this end, be sure to occasionally test the integrity of your backup files in order to be sure the backup files are good or not.

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And in answer to the first question you asked

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Maximum size of Back-up D ...

Maximum size of Back-up Drive-D

That depends on where the drive is and what type it is. If it's external to the computer that oyu are backing up and in a USB Enclosure the only answer that I can give is That Depends on what the External Enclosure will support.

Most times if it's an early USB SATA Enclosure it will support a 2 GB HDD and if it's one of the newest type SATA Enclosures then it will support the biggest drive that you can currently get somewhere around the 3 GB Mark. If it's an IDE/PATA type enclosure you'll need to read the Destruction Manual that came with it to see how big a drive it can support if it uses a 3.5 inch HDD.

If it's a 2.5 inch drive type the current biggest SATA 2.5 inch drive is somewhere around the 1 TB mark for SATA and again if it's a IDE/PATA Drive you'll need to read the Destruction Manual.

Finally if it's a pre-made enclosure that came with a HDD already installed and sealed then you can not fit a bigger HDD.

If the Backup Drive that you are using is an Internal Drive in your computer then provided that it's only used as a Backup with nothing else on it or that it is not partitioned then the biggest that the system will accept. Again here you'll need to read your computers Destruction Manual for this value.

If what you are using as a Backup Drive is on a already used drive and is a separate partition then the answer will be as big as the available space that is currently present or possible for that Partition.

If you have multiple backup on this drive you can delete the oldest and reuse the empty space on the drive as it???s not a good idea to store Archival Backup???s on a currently used drive as the risk of Data Loss is way too great when the drive fails.


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Maximum size of Partitioned Back-up Drive-D

by FieroFloyd In reply to Maximum size of Back-up D ...

I'm sorry! I should have provided more information. In general, all new computers come with 1 harddrive partitioned with C and D drives. D-drive is setup as the default backup drive. I have both XP-SP3 and VISTA machines. Neither one shows anywhere as to how to increase the size of the D-drive, which I originally thought was an automatic function. Even if the automatic backup feature is activated, checking the dates of the last backups are like 2 years ago. So, trying to force a back, it gets to the end and comes up with an error message about not having enough space to do the backup. So any recovery I might try to do will be with very old data. I do have an external Passport that I backup to every month or so, but would like to use the on-board space for a useful backup function.

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And here I was always under the impression that the D partition

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Maximum size of Back-up D ...

Was a Data Partition.

It's a really bad idea to use these partitioned drives to backup to as if the drive fails the Data and Backup are both gone. Having a single point of failure in any system is a very bad design and should be avoided at all costs.

Anyway back to your issue you need to use a Partition Management Tool to shrink the C partition then expand the D partition here. Not really sure as to your level of experience of what you have available but a Commercial Product like Partition Magic is very easy to use to do this but comes at a price.

If you want a Free Version I'm not really sure what would suit you best but this listing on Wikipedia is probably a good starting point.

http://en.wikipedia .org/wiki/List_of_disk_partitioning_software

Just remember to ember to remove the space before the .org to get a working URL.


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also I've never met a pre-installed XP which wasn't C only

by Who Am I Really In reply to Maximum size of Back-up D ...

the only XP partitioning I have ever seen is either done by IT or end users
with the exception of Dell system management hidden EISA diagnostic tools partition
and all mfg. recovery partitions which weren't really popularized until long after XP SP2 released
now every new system uses a recovery partition

also the only new systems that I've seen recently that give a \ user partition is ASUS & Fujitsu, notebooks & netbooks

there is no option to increase a partition when there is no free space
and without using third party tools, XP diskpart and disk management can only do destructive partitioning,
that is
- backup OS & data
- delete all logical drives / partitions
- recreate the re-sized partitions
- restore OS & data

vista can only re-size when there is available free space directly adjacent to the end of the partition to be resized

win 7 is the same and both vista and 7 don't like shrinking the OS "C:\" partition
and won't do it beyond a certain percentage

meaning that you'll have to still destroy the partition \ after shrinking C in order to make \ larger

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