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Overview of Seagate Dashboard
Seagate Dashboard is a free backup software that Pre-loaded on every Backup Plus drive and Central hard drive. You can protect, share and save what you have, and even protect what you've shared. And backing up your system is automatic, once you set up the backup plan in a few easy steps.
Seagate Dashboard is compatible with both Mac OS X and Windows OS. And this software provides one Protect option for Windows PC only. The Protect option is divided into two options, including Protect Now and New Backup Plan.
Seagate Dashboard: how to delete old backups?
In general, backup is the best way to protect data on your computer. However, there is a problem: backups result in low disk space of backup drive. To fix it, you need to delete old backups.
To use Seagate Backup Plus delete old backups, you need to connect it first. Then, follow the steps below. If you still don't have a file backup so far, please create a backup for your important files or folders right now!
Step 1. Click PC Backup on the main page of Seagate Dashboard.
Step 2. Click Drop-down menu next to the backup plan you want to delete, then select Delete. Or you can click the box next to Delete backed up files if you want to delete the files backed up by this plan.
That's all for Seagate Dashboard delete old backups, you need to know that you are only allowed to delete backups all at once. This does solve the problem “Seagate hard drive says it's full”, but may result in irreversible data loss. In addition, sometimes, Seagate Dashboard is not working due to unknown reasons.
Well then, is there any flexible way to manage backup disk space? The answer is Yes, you could use backup disk space manager AOMEI Backupper Professional to delete old backup automatically in simple steps. Please keep reading to learn more about this software and the stepwise guide.
Easier way to backup and delete old backup automatically
Here you will backup disk space manager AOMEI Backupper Professional to backup and delete old backup automatically in Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista. It makes full use of two useful backup features to complete this task, namley "Schedule" and "Scheme", they are interdependent.
The schedule backup help users create multiple backups to greatly reduce data loss in the event of a disaster, because a single backup will only backup the items that are currently lying on your computer, not including the changes made later. If you backup all the items every time, your backup disk will be full in a very short time. Therefore, it's suggested to use "Incremental Backup or Differential Backup" to backup only changes since the last full backup.
Although this greatly reduces the risk of insufficient disk space, but the backup disk is still full sooner or later, because the disk space is limited. To avoid this situation, you could use the backup scheme in AOMEI Backupper Professional to delete old backups automatically by its set rules. It has 5 options, namely, Full Backup Scheme, Incremental Backup Scheme, Differential Backup Scheme, Space Management Scheme and Other Backup Scheme, you could choose one according to your needs.
This is how to use AOMEI Backupper to protect your data and manage backup disk space. Then, let's get started to learn the detailed steps.
Stepwise guide to manage backup disk space
Preparations for backup and deletion:
Then, see below and it is the steps to create multiple backups and delete backup files with its set rules in AOMEI Backupper.
Step 1. Launch this software, you will see its main page. Click Backup and File Backup subsequently.
Step 2. Click "Add File" or "Add Folder" to select the files or folders you want to backup. Then, click where the arrow point -> Computer/This PC -> select the Seagate hard drive on your computer as backup destination.
Step 3. Set schedule backup and backup scheme, so you can retain multiple backups while your backup drive still has enough space.
About Schedule Backup: In file backup main page, you can click Schedule at the lower location, then you will see a Schedule Settings page with 5 general schedule backup and 3 advanced schedule backup. You can select them per your needs.
Daily/Weekly/Monthly: It allows you to backup files automatically with specific backup interval, such as, daily. You can choose them based on how often the files are changed.
Event triggers: This feature provides users with 4 specific events for backup files, including User Logon, User Logoff, System Shutdown, System Startup. Among them, system shutdown is the most commonly used feature, which allows you to back up files during off-peak hours.
USB plug in: This feature is used to copy files to USB drive and the process is automatic when it's plugged in, it's very flexible.
Full/Incremental/Differential Backup: The default feature is "Incremental Backup" to backup only changed files, it requires all the backups to be intact. Except for this, "Differential Backup" can achieve the same goal as well, requiring only one full backup and one differential backup.
Then, If you just set the schedule backup and click "Start Backup", it will start to backup files automatically. But it will not delete backup files to free up disk space for reuse. Therefore, please remember to set backup scheme after that.
About Backup Scheme: Click "Scheme" next to "Schedule", then you will see all the backup strategy to delete old backups. Please note that the selected backup scheme needs to be consistent with schedule backup, otherwise this backup will execute the backup task according to the scheme.
Step 4. Up still now, you may set all the backup features, just click "Start Backup" to make it effective. It will start the first file backup and then backup changed files when detected. And when the backup number or backup cycle reaches the value you set, it will delete backup files automatically.
Seagate Dashboard delete old backups can free up space for your Seagate Backup Plus drive or Central hard drive. However, you are only allowed to delete backups all at once in Seagate Dashboard.
If that's not what you want, you could use a professional backup disk space manager - AOMEI Backuppper Professional to delete old backups effortlessly. It makes full use of its backup scheme feature to set the backup retention policy and the deletion is automatic, so you don't need to pay more attention to your backup drive and backups. It's a set and forget feature, which free your hands.
And it's not limited to file backup and deletion, you can still use it on System Backup, Disk Backup and Partition Backup. So no matter what backup you want to manage, it can help you. Why not wait? Please download it to start to manage your backups!