Hello: Please, read a post I made at Norton 360 Re: Backup, which I made on Jan 31st, 2013 at 5:13pm EST.
For your convenience, I'll reprint the original question here:
Hello: I am in the process of cleaning up my hard drive (HD) on my notebook computer. I made good progress. A bit of history about my HD. Early this year, I remember have about 1.83 GB of free space on my HD. By the 15th of Jan 13, I increased my HD free space to 4.23 GB. Currently, as of 31st of Jan 13, I have 7.22 GB of free space on my HD. My HD capacity is 96.9 GB.
I had to learn how to remove unneeded programs from my computer and transfer files to a CD for storage. I've had my computer since August 2006. Yes, I know it is outdated now, but it still serves a purpose for me until I can upgrade to a newer computer or actually find the time to build a computer.
Now I've been using the Norton 360 Internet Security software for the time I've owned my computer. However, I have instructed the program to put my backups on my hard drive at Local Disk (C . My awareness now tells me, this is not the best choice for putting backups of my computer files. I am now planning on a change of where to put my backups. My intention is to purchase a 1.5 TB external HD. Once I've purchase the 1.5 TB external HD, I will have to instruct the Norton 360 program to put my backups on the external 1.5 TB HD. This change will now leave me with a prior backup of my computer files on my HD Local Disk (C . Once I change to putting my backups on the external 1.5 TB HD, I will no longer need to take up the space used on my HD Local Disk (C for prior backups.
Now for my question. How do I free up the space used by prior backups on my HD Local Disk (C after putting newer backups on to my external 1.5 TB HD?
Here's what I know so far:
1. The N360_Backup properties reveals the following: Size 52.4 GB and Size on Disk 51.5 GB.
2. My Documents and Settings properties reveals the following: Size 11.0 and Size on Disk 9.29 GB
3. Picture properties reveals the following: Size 159 MB and Size on Disk 159 MB.
4. I just realized after looking at what backup sets are being backed up, I can understand why the numbers at (1) above are greater than the numbers at (2) above.
5. So, all this tells me, that the file: N360_Backup is the file on my Local Disk (C used for my computer backup purposes.
6. If I am correct about point (5) above and once I purchase a 1.5 TB external HD and instruct Norton 360 to place my new backups on the 1.5 TB external HD then I can delete the N360_Backup file from my Local Disk (C .
7. Considering the numbers at point (1), if I delete the N360_Backup file from my Local Disk (C then I'll be freeing up (51.5 GB) which is more than half the available space on my Local Disk (C (96.9 GB).
Next Questions (NQ):
NQ1: Am I correct about point (6) above?
NQ2: Am I correct about point (7) above?
NQ3: Everytime the Norton 360 program performs a backup of my computer files then does it rewrite over the same space used in a prior backup?
NQ4: Not sure about this, but if after I do a disk clean up and disk defrag then this should also speed up my computer somewhat. Is this correct?
Can you at T H/W please reply to my questions one at a time? It will also be helpful if you can answer with a "Yes" or "No" with an explanation where appropriate to my concerns. Thank you.
Also: In a reply I made to a response, which I received on the Norton Community Forum for Re Backups:
I posted the following follow up thoughts and question:
At NQ3, please keep this in mind. It makes logical sense to me that the backup program should rewrite over the prior space used for a former backup. It would not make much sense if each time the backup operation is performed that the program just eats up another unused space on ones HD, without deactivating (for lack of a better phrase) what was saved during a prior backup operation.
Not trying to be negative here: BUT I SURE WISH TECH SUPPORT AT NORTON 360 WOULD CHIME IN ON LETTING USERS KNOW WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS DURING THEIR BACKUP PROCESS. IN OTHER WORDS, WHAT HAPPENS TO A PRIOR BACKUP WHICH WAS SAVED TO WHATEVER LOCATION A USER DESIGNATED?
It will also be help to learn how to check a backup?