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Norton 360 Backup Problem -- Backup File is HUGE

Please help me resolve a problem I am having using the Norton 360 Backup feature.  I am running version 4.3.0.5 on Windows XP SP 3 and have 2 backup sets.  Set 1 backs up 40GB on my C drive to my external E drive.  Set 2 backs up 152 GB on my external E drive (excluding the Set 1 backup) to my external F drive.  The backup files are absolutely enormous.  The Set 1 backup file on my E drive is 289 GB.  The Set 2 backup on my F drive is 306 GB.  I am quickly running out of room!  I would think the backup files would be smaller than the original files.  The Set 1 backup file is 7 TIMES the original.  Please tell me what I am doing wrong!

Thank you.

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Kudos0

Re: Norton 360 Backup Problem -- Backup File is HUGE

Please help me resolve a problem I am having using the Norton 360 Backup feature.  I am running version 4.3.0.5 on Windows XP SP 3 and have 2 backup sets.  Set 1 backs up 40GB on my C drive to my external E drive.  Set 2 backs up 152 GB on my external E drive (excluding the Set 1 backup) to my external F drive.  The backup files are absolutely enormous.  The Set 1 backup file on my E drive is 289 GB.  The Set 2 backup on my F drive is 306 GB.  I am quickly running out of room!  I would think the backup files would be smaller than the original files.  The Set 1 backup file is 7 TIMES the original.  Please tell me what I am doing wrong!

Thank you.

Kudos0

Re: Norton 360 Backup Problem -- Backup File is HUGE

Papauz,

I'm not sure I follow -- the two sets are mutually exclusive (no overlap).  Are you saying that when the back up runs, it adds it to the backup file, rather than replacing the previous backup?  If so, how would I delete the older ones?  Is there a setting I can change so that I don't have multiple versions of the same backup?

Thanks.

Kudos0

Re: Norton 360 Backup Problem -- Backup File is HUGE

He seems to say the same thing for all backups, he copied and pasted the same thing on my thread as well.

Kudos0

Re: Norton 360 Backup Problem -- Backup File is HUGE

It means that the backup function do not check that there was no changes on the file (so it is the same from byte to byte), and instead leaving it out from the next automatic run of the backup set (eg. a every week if you had set it so) it includes that file (and every other one) as well. So there's no Incremental Backup, as eg. in Norton Ghost.

This way if you created a theoretical 2GB backup set, and you set it to run every week, after 8 weeks backup files will have 8*2=16GB storage on the HDD.

So from your numbers I would assume that backup set No.1 has been done by 7 times, and backup set no.2 twice.

Windows 8.1 Embedded Industry Pro x64 Hungarian, Norton 360 v21.5.0.19
Kudos0

Re: Norton 360 Backup Problem -- Backup File is HUGE

PapauZ,

Thanks for your reply.  Your comments make sense.  What is the solution?  Should I just delete the backup files and immediately run backup again to recreate the backup?  I'm not sure I understand how to just delete the oldest backups and leave the newer ones alone.

Thanks.

Kudos0

Re: Norton 360 Backup Problem -- Backup File is HUGE

I checked it now (I simply do not use 360's backup feature all the time :P):

1. First delete all previous backups -> to do this open backup settings' Where  page, and on the bottom there's an option for this. There remove all the files.

2. Change your backup sets to do it manually (When tab on the backup settings window)

3. Run the backup

Let us know how it goes.

Windows 8.1 Embedded Industry Pro x64 Hungarian, Norton 360 v21.5.0.19
Kudos0

Re: Norton 360 Backup Problem -- Backup File is HUGE

Hi,

as I know Norton 360 backups all the files every time, and if you set a quite large backup set, that runs quite often, it will eat after some time a lot of space....

If you do not need some of the backups (eg. they are the same) I would suggest to delete one or two from them (maybe the oldest ones).

Let us know the results.

Windows 8.1 Embedded Industry Pro x64 Hungarian, Norton 360 v21.5.0.19

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