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  • Question

  • I am drowning in wasted disk space for my backups.


    My problem is that I keep almost all of my historical e-mails (Microsoft Outlook - 2003).  Every time I get a new e-mail, my .pst file changes.  It looks like OneCare Backup makes a copy of the entire file.


    In my case, that means about 50 Megabytes each and every day.  I run out of disk space on my backup drive very quickly.


    I want to make a backup of my e-mails.  But OneCare is very inefficient.


    How do I get around this?

    Wednesday, May 6, 2009 4:56 PM


  • It sounds like you are performing a daily backup. I would suggest excluding the .pst file from your backup and manually copy the .pst file to your external drive using Windows Explorer when you wish to make a backup copy of it. If you perform a weekly backup or a monthly backup, you wouldn't see this problem as quickly, though it will still bite you eventually since there is no maintenance feature in OneCare backup to clean up older backups.


    Microsoft MVP Windows Live / Windows Live OneCare & Live Mesh Forum Moderator
    Wednesday, May 6, 2009 5:41 PM