Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: C partition cleanup before acronis backup

17 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
C partition cleanup before acronis backup

hi folks,

I've installed new drivers for my audio hardware (pro external card) and I noticed that ALL of the previous versions are stored here:

I took ownership and deleted the older ones for this device, while keeping the previous one used...just in case. The FileRepository folder currently weighs in at 1.5gb

Is windows using this FileRepository frequently or can I delete its contents entirely?

I use Ccleaner to clean out the general cache, etc. But are there some main places that I can delete stuff that I know I don't need anymore?

Adobe MediaCache was another culprit....that was 1.2gb of old stuff for example (Deleted), but I'm just asking about win7 default places at the moment.

thanks for any advice.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7

It depends. Some programs depend on access to previous versions of drivers for backwards compatibility. Some devices aren't that way. There is no list because no one has really bothered to take the ridiculous amount of time to test all those drivers with all programs and say, "Ok this is what you need."

It is best that you at least make a backup of whatever you delete. I've seen someone do what you did and lose USB functionality on their system....
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

yep, i backed those up just in case (still have them on an external HDD). I have an acronis backup of the C partition from last week all's good. Just thinking of ways to reduce the actual backup size (while not screwing the system as you mentioned) far so good.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

17 Jan 2010   #4

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit

The only things that I know are safe to delete before doing an acronis image....

I run Acronis from BartPE, it's perfect... because I can fully get rid of many things you can't otherwise..

Dump all filels from all Temp Folders, Temp Inet Folders, History folders, Cookies, etc.
You can safely dump the files from Prefetch folder

If there are other folders for Apps that you can get rid of cause you don't need them, then by all means do so. The smaller you can make the image the better.

I then run Defraggler on the C: drive from BartPE
Then make my image.

The reason I don't go any farther than that, is cause i don't know what will get recreated and what will not.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Hey Tepid, thats pretty much 100% my current routine (except for the BartPE...I haven't used that yet, and I don't use hibernate, so the file doesn't exsist)...just trying to dig really deep into some large folders.

Like this one I found (although its adobe):
C:\Users\SteveJobs\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Common\Media Cache

I'll do some more digging...
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 C partition cleanup before acronis backup

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Can I use an old Acronis Full Backup and do incremental backup now?
I am using Acronis true image 11 I have created an full backup on 01 March 2014 and then scheduled incremental backup daily from 02 March 2014. Now (31 Aug 2014) my backup hard disk is full (the disk that store the backup), so I take out the backup hard disk that is already full and replace...
Backup and Restore
Acronis Backup Error
Ask for help, My computer has a problem with Acronis Backup software. When I tried backing up my hard drive, after running at 50%, "backup failed" error message appears, "job failed", can not read sector xxxxxx, failed in the i / o or R / W. Why does this failure happen?, What should I do?, Where...
Backup and Restore
dns settings from acronis backup?
I'm using win7 and need to find out what my DNS servers are. I know about the cmd ipconfig/all but they aren't listed in there and they also are not listed in my routers page. :confused: I have a backup image (acronis .tib) of xp that they were set up correctly in, but what folder would the ctrl...
Backup and Restore
Do you really need another backup program (Acronis)
Since Win 7 has a backup program, is there any reason to use Acronis True Image? I have an older version of True Image and can upgrade to True Image 2010 at the upgrade price, but is it really necessary to do that?
Backup and Restore
Acronis backup - Can't backup W7Libraries
Hi all I know a lot use Acronis backup -- I've been using it for ages and never had a problem with it However there is a defect (actually missing feature) in it that has a serious implication for Winsows 7 Users. 1) Say you have define a picture library. 2) imagine in the pictures library...
Backup and Restore

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:10.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App