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I have a client that uses Windows 7 Backup and Restore, and they contacted me stating their attached 2TB USB drive full and the backup is not working.  I reviewed manage space option for the USB drive, and viewed the backups.  within the list I deleted all 2012 and 2013 backups to make room.  The system image settings indicate Windows manages the space.  I thought it would automatically manage space and delete older backups to make room for the new.  

Now, I want to know if deleting the oldest backups will cause issues.  Meaning are we dealing with an initial full backup followed by a slew incrementals?  If so, then I probably deleted the first incremental.  I need to know if I did the right thing, and want to ensure if they need to restore that it will work and I've not screwed things up.
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delete everything and set the system to do a full backup now and it will start a new incremental back when the next change is made.
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by:Harper McDonald
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delete everything

Sounds dangerous...
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It sounds dangerous but extremely effective :)
I would recommend using a third party backup tool instead of Windows B&R. There you get better retention options. Like Symantec, Paragon or Storage Craft.
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by:Mohammed Khawaja
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You should configured your backup to perform full backup once a week or once a month followed by incrementals.  This way you could configure your retention to be say 1 week or 1 month and then safely delete backups that is outside your retention period.
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I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

Not enough information to confirm an answer.
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Deleting all the previous backups is not what I envisioned, and I would not consider that option.

Can Windows backup be configured to run a full backup monthly followed by incremental?  If so, how can this be accomplished?
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No. It takes automatically first backup as full and all the rest as incrementals.
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So if that is the case, then I must delete all backups to have one full backup each month followed by incrementals.
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Yes. That's why do all third party backup tools exist. Use Paragon Backup & Recovery 14 Free - it does better backups. Or if you want purchased version then Hard Disk Manager 15 Suite - is a good solution.
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Thanks for your help gentlemen!
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