THZ

Server Backup Fails Due To Insufficent Disk Space - How To Clean Manually?

7 posts in this topic

Hello

For my Server 2012 Essentials, I backup the server manually ("Backup once") - since today I cannot backup any more as there is insufficient space on the external USB disk.

How can I free up space? If I ran "Backup Cleanup", nothing happens, the disk space on the HDD remains the same.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Upgrade to a WGS Supporter Account to remove this ad.

I'm assuming you're backing up to the said external USB drive?

 

If so, I don't think there is a way to clean that.

 

What is the capacity of the disks that you are a backing up, and the of the backup drive?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes, I'm backing up to that external USB drive.

I even have 2 external drives, which I use alternately to backup to, I rotate them after each backup.

 

As I don't need automated backups, I followed your instructions in another post here and changed from regular backups to one time backups (backup once). But now the external USB drive is full, and - as you write - there unfortunately is no way to cleanup old backups.

 

I switched back to regular backups yesterday.

 

The capacity is: 120 GB OS disk, and 2 x 1 TB drives (but only 600 GB used at this moment, on all drives). The USB drive has 1.5 TB.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Aside from formatting, I'm not sure there is a way to "fix" them.

 

I think that if you're not setting up a schedule, each backup takes up additional space, rather than being incremental. And I think that's what is happening here.

 

Though, I'm not sure, and there isn't a good way to check.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you! Yes, I think the only way is formatting.

And - it seemed to me that the updates weren't really incremental. They took more and more space.

I reverted back to scheduled backup. I did one full backup yesterday, and 2 incremental, which only took a few minutes. With these one time backups, each backup took 1 hour ore more.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you're doing manual backups, they may not be incremental. I'm not sure, to be honest.

 

And as for the scheduled backups, I'm using a 2TB drive, which is backing up a 120GB SSD, and a 500GB partition. It's not used more than maybe 300GBs.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes, that's what I think, too.

I'm using scheduled backups again.

Thank you for your suggestions - as always!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now



Upgrade to a WGS Supporter Account to remove this ad.



  • Posts

    • So I currently have Windows Server 2012 Essentials (running in a Hyper-V VM) and am thinking about migrating to a Windows 10 server. I have 12 disks or so on the server all configured via Storage spaces. Can I simply connect these disks up to a Windows 10 install and have all the files appear? From what I have read the storage space info is all on the disks and it should work, but has anyone here actually tried it and succeeded. I have 10+ TB of data and the easiest way to get it to the new server would be to just connect the disks up.   Thanks, -Bill
    • Did you try CC cleaner or a disk clean up program? It seems to me that old files merged or not are still existing, do you have external storage that you could export the known good files to while you reformat and clean the 6TB?
    • Hello Is it possible to clone an external HDD containing the server backup to another external HDD? The external HDD doesn't have a drive letter, so how can I clone the drive?  I have two external drives in a Dual Dockingstation (2 drives), which has a button to clone from A to B, but I don't trust that solution too much..
    • I have a whs 2011 server, which has been running fine for years, however since I have updated the client pc's to windows 10 anniversary edition I am constantly getting a services not running error on clients, having checked the services, all are in the correct state, I have tried restarting some of the obvious ones, but with no success. if I select the fix option in the alert list for the error, it clears, but then returns after 20 mins or so. Not sure what to do next to solve this.
    • well it took a great deal of time but the repair made it possible for the cleanup to go pass the 14% strange however is that even though I told it to delete all the bad backups and merge the good ones it did not clear up any of the disk space. And adding all the good merge backup sizes together shows there should be the normal 6Tb free available. So the failed backups are gone the good backups are all merged but the disk space remains at 212 Mb. not sure how to tackle this I am going to look at it again this next weekend to see if I missed something.
  • Popular Contributors

    Nobody has received reputation this week.