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automaticaly deleting indepent recovery point

Created: 13 Feb 2013 | 11 comments
Yev's picture


on 2 extern usb hard disks I backup all workdays of the week independ.

On the hard disk I have the following folders

monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday

I swap this hard drives every other week.

Now my question :  I am always getting hard disk full errors, because previous recovery points aren't overwritten.  Do I have to delete the hard disks manually or is there a way to do this automatically?

I use System recorvery 2013

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Chris Riley's picture

Within the backup job, how many recovery points have you specified to keep?

And have you just defined one job or 5 jobs (Monday, Tuesday etc...)?

Yev's picture

I have defined 5 jobs

and I just specified to keep 1 recovery point for each job

Chris Riley's picture

What size are these USB drives?

And if you combine the 5 recovery points for each day of the week, what is the total size?

Yev's picture

The size of the USB drive 931 GB.

On another internal drive I just made a weekly base of an recovery point set and the size is 303GB.

Chris Riley's picture

So each recovery point is approx 300GB?

5 x 300GB will not fit on a 1TB drive...

Yev's picture

Indeed but isn't there a way to automatically deleted the older independent recovery points already in the disk from the previous backups.  Or to just overwrite these?

Chris Riley's picture

Yes, but the way it works is this:

New backup must be created before existing recovery point is removed. So, if you specify to keep 1 recovery point, the reality is that you need enough space for 2.

Is there a reason why you are doing full backups every day?

Yev's picture

Ok thanks for the response

I Have another question

I have set up a  backup set the makes a weekly base on monday 22.00 pm.

incrementals on tuesday, wednesday, thursday at 22 pm

Now I want  the same backup to run on friday on 16.00 pm not at 22.00 pm

Is that possible?

Chris Riley's picture

Do you mean you want the same job to run Tues/Weds/Thurs @ 22:00 and then Fri @ 16:00? Not possible I'm afraid.

There is an option to set a custom schedule for when it creates a new set (base) but you cannot set different times for the incrementals.

Yev's picture

Ok thanks,

I will create a diffenrent weekly backup for friday then.

Chris Riley's picture

Please mark this thread as solved if I have answered all your questions.

If you have further questions, please start a new thread. Thanks..