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In the recycling bin perhaps ?

Usually the files on external drives fully delete, but maybe not this time.

The quick format should definitely clear the entire thing.

Do you only have 1 drive or rotate them around ?

You're at risk if you erase the backup drive and then one of the PCs gaks in the meantime.

Way back in the early iPod days I almost had that happen when I had backed up all my music to a single external drive that subsequently failed when I was restoring it.

Better to have 2 or more backup drives than 1.

Q: What backup software do you use to image them ?

Regards,
Richard Schoen
Web: http://www.richardschoen.net
Email: richard@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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date: Wed, 5 Oct 2022 10:21:49 -0400
from: Jeff Crosby <jlcrosby@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
subject: [PCTECH] External USB drive issue

All,

I have a 5TB external USB drive that I use for quarterly Windows system image backups for a number of desktop PCs.

This quarterly go round I reached the 4th desktop and it failed saying there wasn't enough space on the disk. I always delete the old one I am about to replace so this seemed odd. I looked and there was only 38gb available.

I deleted all the images from the end of June and there's still only 38gb available. It reports this on 3 desktops, including mine.

Any idea what is wrong? Do I need to do a quick format? Is it failing?

I'm currently running a CHKDSK on it which will most likely take all day to complete.

Thanks.


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