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Disk space

Oct 27, 2016 4:39AM PDT

My computer's hard drive is very full. I have gone into my photos and videos and removed them to flash drives, deleted them and emptied the recycle bin. When I get up in the morning they are all back on there. I have an external hard drive and I suspect that overnight it is restoring them. How can I stop this from happening, but have them remain on the external hard drive as added security for their safety?

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Re: disc space
Oct 27, 2016 5:05AM PDT

Surely a copy (any copy, also a possible copy from the external hard disk to the internal hard disk) doens't happen spontanously and automatically. If that really happens, you must have that setup yourself. And that in turn means that you're the only one that can know to undo it.

Don't you turn off the PC and the external disk at night?

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disc space
Oct 27, 2016 6:27AM PDT

It was set up by an IT guy. I don't know how he configured it and I no long have access to him. I do not turn off my computer or external disk ever. Should I? If so, for what reason(s)?

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Using Sync between the two?
Oct 27, 2016 5:18AM PDT

If so, then it makes both drives equal in content.

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using sync between the two?
Oct 27, 2016 6:28AM PDT

Perhaps, I am unsure and that is why I am looking for suggestions. Where would I look for this type of setting?

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using sync between the two?
Oct 27, 2016 7:10AM PDT

Yes, Windows 10. I will check out the links. Thanks!!

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Sync setting are turned off
Oct 28, 2016 3:46AM PDT

It seems like I need to find a way to locate what the setting are on the external hard drive, i.e. what it chooses to copy back to the computer's hard drive.

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Re: sync
Oct 28, 2016 4:03AM PDT

Drives don't copy files. Only programs do. And since it's certainly not standard Windows, you or that IT-guy told them to do it. So all you have to do is to change that behavior.

If you can't find out yourself, find some local expert or shop to help you. Things they can do, for example:
- change this rather peculiar setting
- clean your hard disk, so you don't need extra space
- install a second or a bigger internal hard disk
- optimize your backup scheme or methods

Post was last edited on October 28, 2016 4:09 AM PDT

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Macrium Reflect
Oct 28, 2016 4:39AM PDT

Earlier this morning I dug deep enough to have found a program called Macrium Reflect. Now, I just need to figure out how to use it. I will be reading through their online user guide. Thanks for your support.

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