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02 May 2010   #1

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How to properly delete Windows 7 backup System Image

Hi there. I have a system image on my external HDD made by Windows 7 Backup & Restore utility on my old computer. Now I am using a new machine and would like to delete my old system's system image but do not know how to properly do so.

Since I have not ran a backup yet on my new machine, there is not option for "manage space" in the backup & restore utility

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02 May 2010   #2

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Delete the folder WindowsImageBackup, it deletes all earlier images. When you then create the first image on your new computer, this folder is re-created.

Kari
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02 May 2010   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Manually delete it? Is there a better way?
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02 May 2010   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThumperSD View Post
Manually delete it? Is there a better way?
Now you lost me. How else could you delete these old images, if not manually?
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02 May 2010   #5

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Can always format the external HD, & loose all data on the drive.
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02 May 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

u can do what kari said, or if it was put as a partition u can use a partition manager of sorts like gparted. or just reformat the hd all together but make sure u choose the right format
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02 May 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThumperSD View Post
Manually delete it? Is there a better way?
Now you lost me. How else could you delete these old images, if not manually?
Lol, this is classic!
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21 May 2010   #8

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThumperSD View Post
Manually delete it? Is there a better way?
Now you lost me. How else could you delete these old images, if not manually?
So you're saying go to the external HDD, click on the WindowsImageBackup folder and click delete? I'd like a better way to do this because it might leave residual files behind. Kind of like deleting a folder in Program files manually without uninstalling it.

You get my point now? Isnt there an option where you can make Windows properly delete it for you?

I really don't want to format it
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21 May 2010   #9

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThumperSD View Post
Hi there. I have a system image on my external HDD made by Windows 7 Backup & Restore utility on my old computer. Now I am using a new machine and would like to delete my old system's system image but do not know how to properly do so.

Since I have not ran a backup yet on my new machine, there is not option for "manage space" in the backup & restore utility
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Delete the folder WindowsImageBackup, it deletes all earlier images. When you then create the first image on your new computer, this folder is re-created.

Kari
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThumperSD View Post
Manually delete it? Is there a better way?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Now you lost me. How else could you delete these old images, if not manually?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThumperSD View Post
So you're saying go to the external HDD, click on the WindowsImageBackup folder and click delete? I'd like a better way to do this because it might leave residual files behind. Kind of like deleting a folder in Program files manually without uninstalling it.

You get my point now? Isnt there an option where you can make Windows properly delete it for you?

I really don't want to format it
You lost me even more, now. It's all gone when you delete the folder. Opposite to what you say, it's everything but the same than deleting a program folder. Backup image is not a program, it is not installed, there's nothing left when you delete it.

How can this be so difficult?

I repeat my question: HOW ELSE COULD YOU DELETE A FOLDER OR FILE FROM YOUR HD, IF NOT MANUALLY?

Please let me know if you find a solution you like more than the valid solution I've given to you. I am very keen to know it...

Kari
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21 May 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThumperSD View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThumperSD View Post
Manually delete it? Is there a better way?
Now you lost me. How else could you delete these old images, if not manually?
So you're saying go to the external HDD, click on the WindowsImageBackup folder and click delete? I'd like a better way to do this because it might leave residual files behind. Kind of like deleting a folder in Program files manually without uninstalling it.

You get my point now? Isnt there an option where you can make Windows properly delete it for you?

I really don't want to format it
I do understand what you are asking. This is not like dealing with installed programs. You are correct; deleting a file in Programs files does not uninstall the program. However, image backups are not installed. They are the files created by an installed program - just like Word creates a document file. When you delete a file or the whole folder, the files are gone, period. There is no residual leftovers. Follow the advice to delete the whole folder and you will be good to go.
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