Managing Backup Catalogs

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Administration' started by Craig, Oct 1, 2007.

  1. Craig

    Craig Guest

    I am backing up Vista Ultimate user files to a removable disk.

    The disk is now full.

    I think that I want to manage the backup catalogs to remove the older
    backups that are less important to me and free up space.

    How do I do this, or am I trying to do the wrong thing?

    Craig, Oct 1, 2007
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  2. Craig

    You forgot to tell us exactly what the problem is when you try to delete a

    How do I delete a backup that I created using the Back Up Files wizard?

    If your backups are saved to an internal or external hard disk, you can
    delete a backup by following these steps:
    Open the location where the backup is saved.

    For example, if you backed up your files to an external hard disk labeled
    "E," connect the external hard disk to your computer, and then open drive E.

    Right-click the folder containing the backup you want to delete, and then
    click Delete.

    Backups are saved in this format: <backup location>\<computer name>\Backup
    Set <year-month-day> <time>.

    For example, if your computer name is Computer, your backup location is E,
    and you backed up on April 2, 2006 at 16:32:00, that backup would be located
    in E:\Computer\Backup Set 2006-02-04 163200. You would right-click the
    folder named Backup Set 2006-02-04 163200 to delete that backup.

    When you make a full backup, a backup folder is created and labeled with the
    date for that day. As you add updates, that date stays the same, but your
    backup is not out of date. The next time you make a full backup, a new
    backup folder is created and labeled with the date for that day, and any
    updates are then added to that new folder. You should not delete the current
    backup folder.
    Ronnie Vernon MVP, Oct 2, 2007
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  3. Craig

    Craig Guest


    I didn't realise it was as simple as deleting folders.

    My mind went back to XP Backup on tape where you could delete the catalogue
    for a tape when you wanted to retire it.
    Craig, Oct 2, 2007
  4. Craig

    Your welcome, glad to help.
    Ronnie Vernon MVP, Oct 2, 2007
  5. Craig

    roblin Guest

    Hello. I am also trying to "undo" backups that I made using the Back Up
    Files wizard. I understand that I can just manually delete the folders
    corresponding to the backup date/time within the folder having the same
    name as my computer. However, this did not remove the corresponding
    entry under the Previous Versions tab in the file properties of the
    backed up files. Is there some other catalog that I need to change or
    delete? Thanks!
    roblin, Jan 3, 2008
  6. Roblin

    Previous versions are either backup copies-copies of files and folders
    that you back up by using the Back Up Files wizard, or shadow
    copies-copies of files and folders that Windows automatically saves as
    part of a restore point.

    For more information, right click any file or folder, select the Previous
    Versions Tab and click the "How do I use previous versions" link.
    Ronnie Vernon MVP, Jan 3, 2008
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