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Windows 7: System Restore Folder over 1tb even after Disk Cleanup

29 Sep 2014   #1
albino1

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 
System Restore Folder over 1tb even after Disk Cleanup

Hey all,

I've recently run into an issue where my System Restore folder(s?) is getting very large. I currently have two folders that appear to be backups: one with a special icon named after my Computer Name and if I double click on that the System Restore process is prompted; the other appears to be a normal folder and is called "WindowsImageBackup".

In order to clear up space I ran the Disk Cleanup utility to remove all of the shadow copies and all of the restore points except for the latest one. WindowsImageBackup is now down to 162gb which is very manageable, but the folder with my Computer Name and the special icon is still over 1tb.

I have a few questions, not the last of which is are there supposed to be two folders? And if there is supposed to be two folders, how do I reduce the size from the astronomically large 1tb of usage?

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.


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29 Sep 2014   #2
Gator

Dual Boot: Windows 8.1 & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1
 
 

Hello albino, Welcome to Sevenforums.

Can you post a picture of the folder location and the folder contents.

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29 Sep 2014   #3
albino1

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

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Hello albino, Welcome to Sevenforums.

Can you post a picture of the folder location and the folder contents.

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Since my c:\ drive is a small SSD I've placed my System Restore backups are on my d:\ 3tb drive. I'm attaching a picture of it along with some crops of the Properties for each. Thanks!


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30 Sep 2014   #4
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by albino1 View Post
WindowsImageBackup is now down to 162gb which is very manageable, but the folder with my Computer Name and the special icon is still over 1tb.
Firstly 162GB is a large system image suggesting you have too much data on your operating system partition which may be able to be moved elsewhere and backed up differently.


Your file/folder backup is massive. Try going into Backup and Restore > Manage space and see how many backup sets you have. You may want to delete some of the older ones if you have a lot. Also, Windows backup is not the best for backing up lots of large data files like videos etc - I'd use something else even a manual copy.
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30 Sep 2014   #5
albino1

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by albino1 View Post
WindowsImageBackup is now down to 162gb which is very manageable, but the folder with my Computer Name and the special icon is still over 1tb.
Firstly 162GB is a large system image suggesting you have too much data on your operating system partition which may be able to be moved elsewhere and backed up differently.

I don't have a lot of stuff on my operating system drive. There's maybe 2gb of music from iTunes, and I have a Virtual Machine which takes up 15gb, but other than that it's just Windows and Program Files stuff.


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Your file/folder backup is massive. Try going into Backup and Restore > Manage space and see how many backup sets you have. You may want to delete some of the older ones if you have a lot. Also, Windows backup is not the best for backing up lots of large data files like videos etc - I'd use something else even a manual copy.

This is where all the space is going, you're right. There's 15 Backups all in the 60-90gb range. I don't even know what this is... do I need this for System Restore? Is it safe to delete the previous 14 backups?
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30 Sep 2014   #6
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by albino1 View Post
This is where all the space is going, you're right. There's 15 Backups all in the 60-90gb range. I don't even know what this is... do I need this for System Restore? Is it safe to delete the previous 14 backups?
Personally, I wouldn't delete all 14. I'd keep at least 2 in case the current backup set is faulty but it's your data and your call. If you delete data on your PC then clearly this won't be backed up in more recent backup data sets. My backup sets are typically ~6GB and for much more than this I find Windows backup painfully slow and backup using other means.

Your 162 GB image remains a puzzle. I think 30-60GB would be more typical. If you must image that amount then I'd certainly be looking at (free) Macrium reflect which will give you a decent amount of compression.
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30 Sep 2014   #7
albino1

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Personally, I wouldn't delete all 14. I'd keep at least 2 in case the current backup set is faulty but it's your data and your call. If you delete data on your PC then clearly this won't be backed up in more recent backup data sets. My backup sets are typically ~6GB and for much more than this I find Windows backup painfully slow and backup using other means.

Your 162 GB image remains a puzzle. I think 30-60GB would be more typical. If you must image that amount then I'd certainly be looking at (free) Macrium reflect which will give you a decent amount of compression.
Thanks for the feedback. I'm not intentionally imaging anything as far as the 1tb AL folder is concerned, I didn't even know that feature existed, and still don't really understand what it does. I suppose it's for the thing where you right click and choose Previous Versions? Whatever it is, it's set to what Windows 7 comes with by default because I haven't changed it. The only thing I know that I'm intentionally using is the normal System Restore Appreciate the help.
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30 Sep 2014   #8
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

It looks like you have Windows backup and restore set to the default. This includes something called a system image as well as a separate file/folder backup of your personal data. I'd select "let me choose" and untick "create a system image". Select the default file/folder settings. When you want to create a system image use the separate select box over on the left "create a system image". A system image is a snapshot of your OS partition allowing you to restore everything even to a new HDD if your old one fails. But you may need to have a look at these tutorials to get an idea of what is going on
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
System Image Recovery
If that isn't enough you could look at a (free) imaging program - Macrium Reflect. It's better than the Windows one for a number of reasons and very popular here. Have a look at the tutorial section for this one.
It may look a bit overwhelming at first but it's worth the effort IMO.
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30 Sep 2014   #9
albino1

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

That's a lot of great info, thanks so much!
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