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Windows 7: Question about deleting files on an external hd

01 Apr 2014   #1
p5200

windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
Question about deleting files on an external hd

I'm running a 120gb. Samsung ssd and is the only drive in use. I created a backup image and was just wondering, if I can delete the old backup and create a new image now with more updates on it without causing extra wear read/writes on the ssd? Sorry if this is a dumb question.


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01 Apr 2014   #2
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Need more info please. Where are you creating the backup? Is it to an external hard drive as the title of your post says or where?

Don't worry about wearing out your SSD. I know folks obsess about this but just use it as you would any other drive.
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02 Apr 2014   #3
p5200

windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
Need more info please. Where are you creating the backup? Is it to an external hard drive as the title of your post says or where?

Don't worry about wearing out your SSD. I know folks obsess about this but just use it as you would any other drive.
Yes it is an external 500gb. spinner drive usb type. Thanks! :)
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02 Apr 2014   #4
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

What application are you using to make the "backup image"?

Are these images "full", or something else, such as "incremental"?

With an imaging application such as Macrium, each "full" image stands on its own and doesn't rely on any other file. Earlier full images can be deleted at will as long as you have no interest in returning to that point in time. Not sure that is true with "incrementals".

I don't know much about Windows built-in imaging application, so I can't say how it behaves.

I wouldn't worry at all about read/write wear on the SSD unless you are in a very unusual situation where you are beating it to death.
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02 Apr 2014   #5
p5200

windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I just use the built-in windows image creator so far it seems to do a good job of restoring my two different towers. Each computer name is a little different so I can use the same usb hard drive for an image of both PCs. I suppose, I could use it to store dvd movies on also since I have a lot of extra space? Thanks folks! :) also, the images are full image
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