Best way to delete unwanted backup archives?

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by itobor, Jun 3, 2008.

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  1. itobor

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    New user of TI-11 (build 8,053), on a new Vista Home Premium machine

    Have several full (and some incremental) backup archives on secondary internal HDD and want to delete the older ones.

    TI-11 indicates in Backup Archives" window that you can view, restore or delete selected backup archive files. Yet I can find no button for delete. Right click also does not give that option.

    Does one just go into regular windows explore and delete the un-wanted archive file (without upsetting the TI-11 indexing etc) or is there a function in TI-11 to delete unwanted archive files?

    If I do not manually delete, and have set parameters of backup location of 5 archives, or a maximum of certain amount of MB,s, and the parameter is exceeded, my understanding is that TI-11 takes the oldest archive and moves it somewhere else outside of the regular archive location. Is that correct? It always chooses the oldest archive (and any of its associated incrementals) and just moves them elsewhere, without deleting?

    ALSO: on restoring, when there are incrementals (or differentials), you chose the latest incremental (or differential) and that will restore all the earlier incrementals (differentials) and the associated original full backup?

    Thanks for any advice.....
     
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    Yes, exactly.
    As I understand it, the oldest archive is supposed to be deleted to make room for the new archive. However, there are lots of reports of this not happening and the backup location filling up.

    I suggest you need to watch this and see if it is working correctly for you.
    Yes. Just be sure that you have all the incrementals or differentials and the full backup in the same place.

    The danger with incrementals and differentials is that if one is damaged, none of the ones after that can be restored. Therefore, don't make too many before doing another full backup. How many is too many is a matter for discussion, but 5-10 seems to be a common choice.
     
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    Thanks John, for taking the time to reply.

    Seems strange though that no button/function in Acronis to manually delete the unwanted archive file, but I am happy enough to do it manually from windows if that will not upset TI-11 indexing.
     
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    The Delete button is located next to the Create new folder button. On my computer, right-clicking on an image file brings up a menu that includes the normal options along with Delete.
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    interesting !!!!! Acronis has tricked me again :)

    The button (and the ability to right-click and get a delete function) is, indeed, in the Backup and Restore-Explore Archive window rather than the Manage Backup Locations and Archives- Explore Backup Locations window.

    Thanks again MudCrab
     
  6. SandC

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    Thanks for the location but when I try to do this it always says that the folder is open in another program. Nothing is open except Acronis 11! Help!!
     
  7. shieber

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    You can always just use windows explorer to delete any ATI backup file, full, diff or inc.
     
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    Although not a button, the option does appear in Manage Archive Locations, weirdly you have to click on the backup location and then from the side bar the delete option is available.

    Perhaps the GUI was designed by more than one person :argh:

    Colin
     
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    Can't delete from the Windows Explorer either. The delete button will delete the archive from TI 11 but does not delete the files on my external hard drive. Suggestions??
     
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    Comment.....I can get it to delete entire folder and all contents but I can not get it to select a single archive.
     
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    Perhaps you could start a new thread of your own. Your problem is different from Itobor's, and this is his thread.

    You are more likely to get help with a thread focused on your specific problem.
     
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    Colin,

    That delete option you mention appears to be only for deleting complete backup location, not to delete a particular backup file. Mudcrab's advice (to go by way of Explore Archive window) does lead to a delete button for a particular archive.
     
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    Strange, I don't have that option (build 8053), I wonder if this is an XP versus Vista vaguery?

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  14. shieber

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    This is getting way too complicated for something as simple as deleting a file. In any window that shows backup files (including windows within ATI), you can highlight a backup file, right click and select delete. I haven't actually tried this in every ATI window, but it works in every one I've tried. Moral of the story, TIB files are just files and subject to file system operations.

    Bonus extra: if you hold down a shift key when you select Delete, you will erase the file without sending it to the waste basket!
     
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