RE: Grooming Windows Vista backups

Posted: 01-16-2009, 05:03 PM
I am having the same problem.

I have 2 external drives, 500 GB each. Each week I am backing up drive 1 (
usage aprox. 200 GB ) to drive 2. Now drive 2 filled up. This is because I
suspect Vista backs up more than 2 versions of each file which is not needed
for me, I just want 1 version of each file backed up. How do I limmit this?

"Marc Hoffman" wrote:
> Hi all...
>
> I'm having problems with a client running Windows Vista backup. Their
> external backup drive to which Vista is backing up data is filling up. Is
> there any way to tell Vista to "groom" the data, removing older data to keep
> the drive afloat? Or, is there way to have Vista completely reset the entire
> backup set on a regular schedule?
>
> Thank you!
>
>

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Rob Talley
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Re: Grooming Windows Vista backups
Posted: 01-16-2009, 06:04 PM
On Fri, 16 Jan 2009 09:03:02 -0800, HansOlo
<HansOlo@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
>I am having the same problem.
>
>I have 2 external drives, 500 GB each. Each week I am backing up drive 1 (
>usage aprox. 200 GB ) to drive 2. Now drive 2 filled up. This is because I
>suspect Vista backs up more than 2 versions of each file which is not needed
>for me, I just want 1 version of each file backed up. How do I limmit this?
By using a third-party backup utility like Acronis True Image.

It's not free.

>
>"Marc Hoffman" wrote:
>
>> Hi all...
>>
>> I'm having problems with a client running Windows Vista backup. Their
>> external backup drive to which Vista is backing up data is filling up. Is
>> there any way to tell Vista to "groom" the data, removing older data to keep
>> the drive afloat? Or, is there way to have Vista completely reset the entire
>> backup set on a regular schedule?
>>
>> Thank you!
>>
>>
HansOlo
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Re: Grooming Windows Vista backups
Posted: 01-17-2009, 12:29 AM
Hmm. of course I could use third party software, but this would Render
Vista Backup completely useless and I don't just bite that. There must be a
way to customize this, or else Microsoft shouldn't have ever ever bothered to
construct such a backup utility with functions OS wide to rollback to older
files. Besides I want to limmit the 3th party software running in the
background due to performance on my old P4

"Rob Talley" wrote:
> On Fri, 16 Jan 2009 09:03:02 -0800, HansOlo
> <HansOlo@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
>
> >I am having the same problem.
> >
> >I have 2 external drives, 500 GB each. Each week I am backing up drive 1 (
> >usage aprox. 200 GB ) to drive 2. Now drive 2 filled up. This is because I
> >suspect Vista backs up more than 2 versions of each file which is not needed
> >for me, I just want 1 version of each file backed up. How do I limmit this?
>
> By using a third-party backup utility like Acronis True Image.
>
> It's not free.
>
>
> >
> >"Marc Hoffman" wrote:
> >
> >> Hi all...
> >>
> >> I'm having problems with a client running Windows Vista backup. Their
> >> external backup drive to which Vista is backing up data is filling up. Is
> >> there any way to tell Vista to "groom" the data, removing older data to keep
> >> the drive afloat? Or, is there way to have Vista completely reset the entire
> >> backup set on a regular schedule?
> >>
> >> Thank you!
> >>
> >>
>
Rob Talley
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Re: Grooming Windows Vista backups
Posted: 01-17-2009, 01:19 AM
On Fri, 16 Jan 2009 16:29:01 -0800, HansOlo
<HansOlo@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
>Hmm. of course I could use third party software, but this would Render
>Vista Backup completely useless and I don't just bite that. There must be a
>way to customize this, or else Microsoft shouldn't have ever ever bothered to
>construct such a backup utility with functions OS wide to rollback to older
>files. Besides I want to limmit the 3th party software running in the
>background due to performance on my old P4
Third party backup utilities don't run in the background any more than
Word does.

You're not going to find a way to customize MS's rudimentary backup.

>"Rob Talley" wrote:
>
>> On Fri, 16 Jan 2009 09:03:02 -0800, HansOlo
>> <HansOlo@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
>>
>> >I am having the same problem.
>> >
>> >I have 2 external drives, 500 GB each. Each week I am backing up drive 1 (
>> >usage aprox. 200 GB ) to drive 2. Now drive 2 filled up. This is because I
>> >suspect Vista backs up more than 2 versions of each file which is not needed
>> >for me, I just want 1 version of each file backed up. How do I limmit this?
>>
>> By using a third-party backup utility like Acronis True Image.
>>
>> It's not free.
>>
>>
>> >
>> >"Marc Hoffman" wrote:
>> >
>> >> Hi all...
>> >>
>> >> I'm having problems with a client running Windows Vista backup. Their
>> >> external backup drive to which Vista is backing up data is filling up. Is
>> >> there any way to tell Vista to "groom" the data, removing older data to keep
>> >> the drive afloat? Or, is there way to have Vista completely reset the entire
>> >> backup set on a regular schedule?
>> >>
>> >> Thank you!
>> >>
>> >>
>>
Gordon
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Re: Grooming Windows Vista backups
Posted: 01-17-2009, 12:01 PM
"HansOlo" <HansOlo@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> Hmm. of course I could use third party software, but this would Render
> Vista Backup completely useless and I don't just bite that. There must be
> a
> way to customize this, or else Microsoft shouldn't have ever ever bothered
> to
> construct such a backup utility with functions OS wide to rollback to
> older
> files.
AFAIR the MS-supplied backup utility has NEVER been any good.

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Re: Grooming Windows Vista backups
Posted: 01-18-2009, 11:07 AM

There is a way to automatically clean out old files with forfiles.ex
although it includes some batch file creating and setting a schedule
task. Take a look at 'this
(http://ask.metafilter.com/35075/Auto...e-under-XP)lin
and search for the post from hincandenza. Once you get the hang of i
it's very useful

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