Backup is too large for iCloud after Adding iPhone?

Hi, I just added an iPhone 5c to my iCloud backup. Previously it had just been my iPad 3. All was well.
After I added my iPhone 5c, I enabled Photostream to upload all of my photos from the iPhone to iCloud to share on my iPad. It was after this that I got the message I had run out of room on my iCloud account to backup the iPhone.
So I'm a bit confused.
Aren't the Photostream images seperate from my iCloud account? Shouldn't the iCloud account only be backing up data not duplicated elsewhere like iTunes, Photostream, Contacts, Mail, etc? I haven't been using the iPhone 5c long enough to generate a lot of Messages. So I don't really understand why the iPhone data alone would be pushing me over the limit, of the iPad, which is similarly limited data.
Any thoughts? Is this somehow the problem of two devices backing up to iCloud and duplicating info?

icloud has 5gb of free storage which is not a lot for backing up multiple devices
you can delete backups for devices to make room by going to settings > icloud > storage and backup > manage storage
but in the long run if you want to have both devices backed up you will probably either need to use seperate icloud accounts for each device or upgrade your storage plan to 15gb for 20$/year

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    A 1 TB drive is just barely large enough to back-up your +Start Up+ drive, as TM really should have 2-3 times the space of the data it's backing-up.

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    The repair shop likely replaced a major circuit board on your MacBook Pro, so Time Machine thinks that you have a "new" computer and it wants to make a new complete backup of your Mac.
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    Sep 12 17:16:00 Johns-MacBook-Pro com.apple.backupd[674]: 100.0 MB required (including padding), 633.72 GB available
    Sep 12 17:16:01 Johns-MacBook-Pro com.apple.backupd[674]: Copied 89 files (93 bytes) from volume System.
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    Sep 12 17:16:01 Johns-MacBook-Pro com.apple.backupd[674]: Deleted /Volumes/Backup/Backups.backupdb/John’s MacBook Pro/2011-09-11-154229 (1.1 MB)
    Sep 12 17:16:01 Johns-MacBook-Pro com.apple.backupd[674]: Post-back up thinning complete: 1 expired backups removed
    Sep 12 17:16:01 Johns-MacBook-Pro com.apple.backupd[674]: Backup completed successfully.
    Sep 13 10:34:12 Johns-MacBook-Pro com.apple.backupd[287]: Starting standard backup
    Sep 13 10:34:12 Johns-MacBook-Pro com.apple.backupd[287]: Backing up to: /Volumes/Backup/Backups.backupdb
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    Sep 13 10:34:52 Johns-MacBook-Pro com.apple.backupd[287]: No expired backups exist - deleting oldest backups to make room
    Sep 13 10:34:52 Johns-MacBook-Pro mds[32]: (Error) Volume: Could not find requested backup type:2 for volume
    Sep 13 10:35:03 Johns-MacBook-Pro com.apple.backupd[287]: Backup failed with error: Not enough available disk space on the target volume.
    I don't understand.  For starters, I think it's a little wasteful that 3.5 GB has been used to back up 601 KB.  That's the difference in free space on the backup volume between the two backups.  That can't be normal, surely.
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  • My time Machine keeps saying, "Time Machine could not complete the backup. This backup is too large for the backup disk. The backup requires 345.74 GB but only 289.80 are available." I have already excluded files. I have a 1tb external drive. HELP!!!

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    If you have more than one user account, these instructions must be carried out as an administrator.
    Launch the Console application in any of the following ways:
    ☞ Enter the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search. Select it in the results (it should be at the top.)
    ☞ In the Finder, select Go ▹ Utilities from the menu bar, or press the key combination shift-command-U. The application is in the folder that opens.
    ☞ Open LaunchPad. Click Utilities, then Console in the icon grid.
    Make sure the title of the Console window is All Messages. If it isn't, select All Messages from the SYSTEM LOG QUERIES menu on the left. If you don't see that menu, select
    View ▹ Show Log List
    from the menu bar.
    Enter the word "Starting" (without the quotes) in the String Matching text field. You should now see log messages with the words "Starting * backup," where * represents any of the words "automatic," "manual," or "standard." Note the timestamp of the last such message. Clear the text field and scroll back in the log to that time. Select the messages timestamped from then until the end of the backup, or the end of the log if that's not clear. Copy them (command-C) to the Clipboard. Paste (command-V) into a reply to this message.
    If there are runs of repeated messages, post only one example of each. Don't post many repetitions of the same message.
    When posting a log extract, be selective. Don't post more than is requested.
    Please do not indiscriminately dump thousands of lines from the log into this discussion.
    Some personal information, such as the names of your files, may be included — anonymize before posting.

  • This backup is too large for the backup volume - ridiculous Size!!!

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    I tried everything, formatting the unit, taking out the partition , and making it out again, it makes the first full back up, but then the same message...
    Please anyone... i am desperate
    Thanks Again
    Daniel

    DanielFaour wrote:
    *_+This backup is too large for the backup volume. The backup requires 2.73EB but only 995 Gb are available.*+_
    Hi, and welcome to the forums.
    That message seems to indicate that something is corrupted on your internal HD. Do a +*Verify Disk+* on it, per #A5 in the Time Machine - Troubleshooting *User Tip,* also at the top of this forum.
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    I tried everything, formatting the unit, taking out the partition , and making it out again, it makes the first full back up, but then the same message...
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  • This backup is too large for the backup disk

    I have a 1TB time capsule used to backup two MacBooks. One backup file is 817GB (MacBook 1) and the other one is 137GB (MacBook 2).
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    I always though the TimeCapsule would automatically remove older backupos to make space and you would never run into such an issue.
    Please not that my MacBook 1 was stolen a while ago so I do not know how to reduce the size of the larger backup.

    Karl R. wrote:
    I always though the TimeCapsule would automatically remove older backupos to make space and you would never run into such an issue.
    Usually that's true, but not always. One exception is, Time Machine will delete the oldest backups of the Mac it's running on, but not any other Mac's backups. That's probably what you've run up against here.
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    Message was edited by: Pondini

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    If you have more than one user account, these instructions must be carried out as an administrator.
    Launch the Console application in any of the following ways:
    ☞ Enter the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search. Select it in the results (it should be at the top.)
    ☞ In the Finder, select Go ▹ Utilities from the menu bar, or press the key combination shift-command-U. The application is in the folder that opens.
    ☞ Open LaunchPad. Click Utilities, then Console in the icon grid.
    Make sure the title of the Console window is All Messages. If it isn't, select All Messages from the SYSTEM LOG QUERIES menu on the left. If you don't see that menu, select
    View ▹ Show Log List
    from the menu bar.
    Enter the word "Starting" (without the quotes) in the String Matching text field. You should now see log messages with the words "Starting * backup," where * represents any of the words "automatic," "manual," or "standard." Note the timestamp of the last such message. Clear the text field and scroll back in the log to that time. Select the messages timestamped from then until the end of the backup, or the end of the log if that's not clear. Copy them (command-C) to the Clipboard. Paste (command-V) into a reply to this message.
    If there are runs of repeated messages, post only one example of each. Don't post many repetitions of the same message.
    When posting a log extract, be selective. Don't post more than is requested.
    Please do not indiscriminately dump thousands of lines from the log into this discussion.
    Some personal information, such as the names of your files, may be included — anonymize before posting.

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