Seagate Freeagent Backups --No More Free Space? learn something new every day...
Posted 07 November 2009 - 01:21 PM
My free space on this large drive was disappearing RAPIDLY. I used a free tool that is fantastic, WinDirStat, to map the space usage on the drive, and was stunned to see the amount of space going to "History." I researched this on Seagate's site (not fun,) and then contacted their support via chat. Here's what I learned...
On your EHD, the backup that you designed goes into the Seagate Backup\ComputerName folder. So far so good. The FreeAgent backup software also creates a Seagate Backup\ComputerName\History folder, and it has subfolders Level 2, Level 3, Level 4, etc, all the way up to Level 10. These provide historical checkpoints so you could restore two, three, or four, etc levels older.
For the files you've designated as "to backup," the HISTORY folder ALSO stores a copy each time it backs up, if you've "touched" the file. I back up "Documents & Settings" since I want Desktop, My Docs and Application Data. Application Data includes things such as your Picasa database. For example, if you've done anything in Picasa since your last backup, the next backup includes another copy of its large database. Similarly for other applications.
Unfortunately, changing the number of History backups is not a user-revisable setting. Seagate has my input on that.
Action Plan: when your Seagate FreeAgent drive and backups are losing free space too rapidly, check your Seagate Backup\ComputerName\History folder. Delete older (higher numbered) folders as you see fit. I just reclaimed over 130GB today, and did not delete quite all the levels. You could tweak your backup settings to exclude these Application Data files, but I think one, maybe two copies is useful.
I don't care for "surprises" to the user that are not particularly well-documented. The drive is still a great drive. Your mileage may vary; I hope this is helpful to some of you in your continuing goal to keep the important data backed up!
Posted 07 November 2009 - 01:29 PM
Posted 07 November 2009 - 02:00 PM
Now I have tons of supplies and photos all on the EHD and I haven't put a dent in the thing yet... This is encouraging for me. But as you said its important to keep everything backed up
Posted 07 November 2009 - 02:11 PM
The real goal is for my friends here to have a better understanding of the auto-backup functionality, and how to live with it! I DO like auto-backup; I just got surprised.
Posted 07 November 2009 - 02:31 PM
Posted 07 November 2009 - 05:33 PM
I've made 2, and learned an amazing amount.
I told her she should do a newsletter tutorial, but she said she just does the chats.
there are lots of ways to backup, and it never hurts to learn more.
Apologies if I've highjacked this thread.
Posted 07 November 2009 - 05:54 PM
And I could turn off the auto-backup, and add another program. April's right about many ways to accomplish this.
At least, I hope no one else gets so badly surprised about "How did all that space go away so quickly?"
Posted 08 November 2009 - 12:38 AM
SHARE THE LOVE GOAL Goal for May 2013, 6100 -- 6002 as of 05-01-13
Posted 01 January 2010 - 03:30 PM
Happy New Year everyone!
Posted 26 October 2011 - 12:58 AM
I think the files are still on it, but it can't read the Seagate files. Who knows?? I don't know how to get into it now. I wonder if the other program would read it if my pc won't.
Win 7, IE Explorer, PSE 11
Posted 02 November 2011 - 09:56 PM
I've notice things are scattered and some files changed since I've been moving them around. Picasso is really scrambled with several copies of each thing.
I think a strong Mac is in the future for me sometime.
I am using PSE 9, on a Win 7, with 4 mg ram. I do intend to upgrade the ram.
Thanks for all of the information.
Win 7, IE Explorer, PSE 11