By Ivy / Last update November 25, 2021

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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

There is no doubt that backup is the best way to protect data on your computer, and you can use various backup software to achieve this goal, Seagate Dashboard, for example. However, creating accumulated backups will result in low disk space sooner or later. Thus, you can only choose to delete old backups with it. 

To use Seagate Backup Plus delete old backups, you need to connect it first. Then, follow the steps below. 

Step 1. Click PC Backup on the main page of Seagate Dashboard.

Seagate Dashboard PC Backup

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.

Seagate Dashboard Delete Old Backups

You may already solve the problem “Seagate hard drive says it's full” by deleting old backups using Seagate Dashboard. But there is another problem: you don't have any backups. This may result in irreversible data loss if your computer fails one day.

If you create a backup of your files again with Seagate Dashboard, you'll be in a dead-end loop: your backup disk has insufficient disk space due to accumulated backups and then you'll have to delete the old backups to free up disk space, and end up in a new loop.

If you don't want to keep doing this boring and potentially dangerous thing with data loss, or fix Seagate Dashboard is not working error due to unknown reasons, you can choose a more flexible way to create backup and manage backup disk space.

Easier way to backup and delete old backup automatically

Here you will use a professional backup disk space manager AOMEI Backupper Professional to backup and delete old backup automatically in Windows 11/10/8/7/XP/Vista. It makes full use of two useful backup features to complete this task, namely "Schedule" and "Scheme", they are interdependent. 

The Schedule Backup helps users create multiple backups to always keep the latest version of their files and 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 just do this, the backup disk may fill up quickly, because the disk space is limited but the task is always continuing. At this time, you can enable backup method Incremental or Differential Backup to backup only changes. But if you want to resolve it completely, the best way is to delete backup files regularly with Backup Scheme. This feature allows you to specify the backups you want to delete whle keeping the latest backup versions. 

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: 

▸ Connect your Seagate Backup Plus drive or Central hard drive and then make sure it can be detected by your computer.
▸ If your computer is a laptop, please prepare a SATA cable or adapter to connect your drive.
▸Download AOMEI Backupper Professional and install it on your computer. If your computer is a server operating system, you could consider using AOMEI Backupper Server. It supports all server computer, including Windows Server 2003/2008(R2)/2011/2012(R2)/2016(R2)//2019/2022.

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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.

File Backup

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.

Add File Or Folder

Step 3. Set schedule backup and backup scheme, so you can retain multiple backups while your backup drive always has enough space to store new backups.

Schedule Backup: click Schedule Backup > Enable Schedule Backup, then you will see 5 options from the drop-down menu.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

Schedule Settings

Backup Scheme: Click "Backup Scheme", you will see Backup Method and Enable Automatic Backup Cleanup. You set Incremental/Differential Backup to backup only changed files or specify cleanup method (By quantity, By time, By daily/weekly/monthly: ) to delete old backups

Enable Scheme Backup

Note: The "Incremental Backup" is the default backup method 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 or one full backup plus one differential backup. 

Step 4. Now, you can click "Start Backup" to make the backup settings take effect. It will start the first file backup and then backup changed files when detected. And when the backup time reaches the value you set, it will delete backup files automatically.

Conclusion

Seagate Dashboard deleting old backups is always a hot topic, because there are always some users bothered by backup disk full issue. You can use Delete option in the Seahate Dashboard, but it only allows you to delete backups all at once. This may result in data loss when your computer fails or experiences a virus attack.

Thus, to backup and manage disk space easily, it's suggested to use AOMEI Backuppper Professional. By using it, you can set the backup retention policy to delete backup files automatically for reuse while keeping the latest backup versions. This greatly reduces data loss risk.

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 give it a try? Please download it to start to manage your backups!