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Ok, I'm sure this is something simple, but I can't for the life of me find the option!


I have a 700GB External USB drive that just houses the client backups. It now cannot run anymore because the drive is full. I do not need to keep weeks and weeks worth of backups, maybe just one week.


How do I limit the amount of backups that my script keeps?



Retrospect 6.1.230 running on the XServer, going out to ~10 OS X clients and backing up ~ dir. The whole job should be about 30GB, so I don't need to be filling up a 700GB drive.






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Correct. You cannot delete _anything_ from a Retrospect Backup Set, you can only delete _everything_ should you choose to do so.


It sounds, from the limited amount of information supplied, that you could use just the single 700 GB drive, and have two File Backup Sets on it, alternating and recycling as appropriate.


The downside is that you need to do a full, non-incremental backup after each recycle.


Or move to a Windows machine for your backups; it'll handle your Mac clients just fine.



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Hi: I have the same problem, but do not quite understand the response. I back up my PC computer files on my external hard drive using Retrospect 6.5. I use a progressive backup three times per week, since 2005. Apparently, that external drive filled up and so automatically a new back up folder was created on my computer hard drive. I didn't know that. Since the newer backup files were now on my computer, I was backing up my back ups every other day, filling up my computer hard drive. Do I need every back up from 2005? You mention recycling old back ups. How is that done? Since the back ups are only progressive, if I recycle them, do I lose a full back up if I recycle an entire back up folder? What happens if I delete all of 2005 and 2006 backups for example? Is there some simple tutorial or help topic that discusses how to manage back ups over time? Thanks, Rick

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