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I have several Backup copies on my HP External HD 1 TB Simple Save such that I am running out of space.  Does a later dated Backup contain all the data from the immediately previous Backup plus new data.  If so can I delete some of the or all earlier Backups without loosing any data?

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Hello, @ColinB31 - Hope you are well 🙂
 

Allow me to welcome to HP Support Forums! It is a great platform to get help from the community, get suggestions and find what has worked for others!

 

I understand that you are trying to delete the older backups to save the disc space. Ideally, the old backups should have been over-written by the latest backup, hence it should not be there in the first place.

 

It looks like the software that you are using to back up the data is using a different algorithm to do the task. Hence, I would suggest you to copy one of the backup files and then try deleting the same. This will eliminate any risk and you can delete the other old backup files as well.

 

I hope that answers your concern adequately. Let me know!

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> I have several Backup copies on my HP External HD 1 TB Simple Save such that I am running out of space.  

> Does a later dated Backup contain all the data from the immediately previous Backup plus new data. 

> If so can I delete some of the or all earlier Backups without losing any data?

 

What are the sizes of each backup file?

If they are steadily increasing in size, because you keep saving files on your computer, this is a good sign that each backup is "independent" of all the previous.

On the other hand, if the software is doing "incremental" backups, each backup will only contain the files that are "new" or "changed" since the previous backup, and the size of each backup will vary.

 

See: http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c01824301.pdf

 

This manual did not say whether it does "full" or "incremental" backups, but it does say that the first backup can take a while.

 

If you are running the "HP Simple Save Monitor", then it will "incrementally" copy your changed files onto the external device.

 

That manual has a toll-free number for "support", as well as an E-mail ID for "support".

 

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Of course, if you are "happy" with the current status of your disk-drive, you can delete ALL the files on the external device, and do a "full" backup, to start over with an "empty" external device.

 

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Hi Dvortex.  Thank you for your reply.  I am using HP External Hard Drive SimpleSave 1TB as I bought it and just plugged it in.  If SimpleSave is using different algorithms I am mystified as to why.  There are now five different Back-ups taken at random intervals without any action on my part.  I wish the unit to up-date itself as it says "every five minutes" and then show only one up-date, the last one containing all my data from Day 1?

 

Please advise How to.

 

Thanks

Colin 

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> There are now five different Back-ups taken at random intervals without any action on my part.  

 

And the size (in bytes) of each backup is .... ?

 

 

> I wish the unit to up-date itself as it says "every five minutes" and then show only one up-date, the last one containing all my data from Day 1?

 

If you are running the "HP Simple Save Monitor", then it will "incrementally" copy your changed files onto the external device, if it is connected.

 

Do you disconnect the external drive, and store it in a separate location (for safety, in case of fire/flood), or do you leave it connected to your computer?

 

 

 

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To mdklassen.  Hi.  I cannot see any size info anywhere clicking on Updates does not help.  Please advise where to look.

 

I leave the HP SimpleSave 1 TB Hard Drive always connected to the PC which I turn off at night.  Use to affect loading next day with XP but not with Win 10.

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> I cannot see any size info anywhere clicking on Updates does not help.  Please advise where to look.

 

Click with the second (usually the RIGHT) mouse-button on the name of a folder, and then choose "properties".

That will show you the "size" of all the files/folders inside that folder.

 

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mdklassen.  Thank you for your suggestion but right clicking on any of the Back-ups does nothing.  I am reviewing all copies on my HP SimpleSave unit to see if they are incremental or not and if so is the latest the largest.  I will copy the largest one to another external drive and delete all others.  I am also moving to Google Drive, I don't trust my HP SimpleSave unit since there is no reason for it to change its behaviour once cleaned.  The HP person never did reply again after suggesting it was an algorithm problem when I said I bought, plugged and played with the HP SimpleSave unit without making any changes, why should I have done anything different.

 

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> right clicking on any of the Back-ups does nothing.  

 

I don't understand.  Is it possible that the right mouse-button is broken?

 

When I right-click, and then choose 'Properties', I see:

 

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which definitely shows the "size" of the files/folders inside that folder.

 

> I don't trust my HP SimpleSave unit since there is no reason for it to change its behaviour once cleaned.  

 

It seems that it has been working, and adding files to the external disk-drive, as you keep changing the files on your 'C:' drive.

 

To repeat, if you are "happy" that your 'C:' drive is healthy, just delete everything from the SimpleSave external drive, and tell the Simple Soft software on your computer to do a "full" backup to the external drive.

 

See how much space that is occupied by that backup, and enable the "monitor" that is supposed to do "incremental" backups.

 

 

 

 

 

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