automatic delete of backed-up files no longer on backup list

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jlittle
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automatic delete of backed-up files no longer on backup list

Post by jlittle » Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:52 pm

Hi Barry.
If I'm running generation-based backups, and I delete a file from my pc or remove it from the "files and folders" list, will that file be removed from the existing backups on the backup medium on the next run?
Thanks
John

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Generation based backups

Post by Barry » Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:19 pm

If you delete a file from the PC it is not automatically deleted from the backup, if you remove the file from the list of files to backup then it is not automatically deleted from the backup either.

If you want to remove the file from the backup you should use the Manage Backup / Backup Maintenance option, select each file and right click / delete.
Once the files have been removed from the 'backup contents database' you should click either or both of the 'Delete' buttons (Bottom Left) then click 'Save'.

Sorry for the delay answering.

Barry

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Post by jlittle » Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:53 pm

Well it seemed to work okay and the files seem to no longer be available for restoring, but the amount of free space on the drive hasn't changed in Windows explorer. The files I removed added up to about 5GB (before AISB compression) so I would think the amount of space recovered would be noticeable. This process does remove the actual files, right? Thus freeing up space on the drive?

Don't worry about the length of time for your reply; we can't work all the time. :D
John

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disk space following remove

Post by Barry » Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:32 am

Did you click the 'delete' buttons on the bottom right of the maintenance form? This performs the actual removal of the data from the backup.

Barry

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Post by jlittle » Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:15 pm

You mean on the bottom left? I did click them, and the drive's activity light was flashing as if data were moving. Seems there was also a line or something on the window that said it was removing files. Everything seemed right except for no change in the size of free space in Windows explorer. I also did the process on another drive with the same result.
John

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Post by jlittle » Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:32 am

I just did this process on a third drive and it did show an increase in free space, so I don't know what's going on with the drives that didn't show it.
Thanks for your help.
John

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Recover disk space

Post by Barry » Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:02 pm

Hi John

You could try the Manage Backup / Validate (Test) Backup option, that will remove any data that is no longer in the files database.

Barry

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Post by jlittle » Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:28 pm

Okay, thanks again.
John

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