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Windows 7: How to properly delete Windows 7 backup System Image

21 May 2010   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Are we chasing a red herring? As was said, an image is a file. Right click > Delete > it's gone. There is no better way. I delete images all the time that way because I make an image each day and also do a lot of experimental imaging. Just trust the guys.


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21 May 2010   #12
ThumperSD

Windows 7
 
 

Great..

I know it's not an installed program but I have manually deleted backups before which left me residual files. Some member on here told me not do delete it manually. I don't know how my question has been so hard to understand for some. Good to know that I can just manually delete it.

by the way.. is MediaID.bin part of the image backup as well? It's not in the Windowsimagebackup folder but it is in its root folder. If so I'll delete it as well. I hate all of these residual files. Some times I have no idea how it got there.
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21 May 2010   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You may want to have a look at this too: Backup User and System Files - Delete Backups
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21 May 2010   #14
ThumperSD

Windows 7
 
 

^ the problem with that is that I'm now using a new computer with a new install of Windows 7 so it no longer recognizes the old image backup from my old machine
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21 May 2010   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThumperSD View Post
^ the problem with that is that I'm now using a new computer with a new install of Windows 7 so it no longer recognizes the old image backup from my old machine
Well in that case it really does not matter. You have nothing to loose. And if you miss a small file, so what.
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21 May 2010   #16
Kari

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThumperSD View Post
Great..

I know it's not an installed program but I have manually deleted backups before which left me residual files. Some member on here told me not do delete it manually. I don't know how my question has been so hard to understand for some. Good to know that I can just manually delete it.

by the way.. is MediaID.bin part of the image backup as well? It's not in the Windowsimagebackup folder but it is in its root folder. If so I'll delete it as well. I hate all of these residual files. Some times I have no idea how it got there.
Your question was not hard to understand for "some", as you say. It seems you have difficulties to understand the answer. The only possible way to delete an old system image, created on another computer or older install, is to mark it and press delete key, or right click it and choose delete from context menu.

I told it to you two times, and you still didn't get it, so I would like to say it's you who got problems with understanding, rather than me (or "some", as you called me).

MediaID.bin is the file Backup and Restore needs, to be able to restore the image or a backup. Check the date and time it was created; if they match with the image, it's safe to delete it, too.

Kari Some
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21 May 2010   #17
gregrocker

 

Hi Thumper -

It's just a file, not a program. Delete it like a file. That's it.
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22 May 2010   #18
ThumperSD

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThumperSD View Post
Great..

I know it's not an installed program but I have manually deleted backups before which left me residual files. Some member on here told me not do delete it manually. I don't know how my question has been so hard to understand for some. Good to know that I can just manually delete it.

by the way.. is MediaID.bin part of the image backup as well? It's not in the Windowsimagebackup folder but it is in its root folder. If so I'll delete it as well. I hate all of these residual files. Some times I have no idea how it got there.
Your question was not hard to understand for "some", as you say. It seems you have difficulties to understand the answer. The only possible way to delete an old system image, created on another computer or older install, is to mark it and press delete key, or right click it and choose delete from context menu.

I told it to you two times, and you still didn't get it, so I would like to say it's you who got problems with understanding, rather than me (or "some", as you called me).

MediaID.bin is the file Backup and Restore needs, to be able to restore the image or a backup. Check the date and time it was created; if they match with the image, it's safe to delete it, too.

Kari Some
I understood you both times clearly. I don't know how or why you would think I'm misunderstanding you lol. I was only confused about you being confused. I asked if there is a proper way to avoid any complications. I'm being precautious because I would hate and i mean HATE creating any future complications. It's a pain the ass and waste of time to format drives and restoring everything.

Anyways I deleted everything a couple days ago. Thanks for the help guys.
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27 Jun 2012   #19
rsp1990

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit.
 
 

Well I simply Shift Deleted that Image and got only 10 gb space freed instead of 35-38 GBs.. :-(
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22 Jun 2016   #20
yuenyeeyong

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

ThumperSD , i fully understand your situation , because i having same situation with you

Kari, i did what you said , just delete from my drive, but it still remain 13gb , i did empty my recycle bin, but still lost my 13gb, what the solution ?
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