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How to delete backup files in Windows 10

Delete backup files in Windows

Here you will find out:

  • why you need to delete backup files
  • how to delete backup files
  • how DiskInternals Partition Recovery can help you

Are you ready? Let's read!

Why do you need to delete backup files?

Apparently, constantly using a computer will cause the number of backup files to keep increasing, to the point that it becomes a concern, because the backup files have taken up a huge amount of space on your hard drive. Then you begin to learn how to delete backup files in Windows 10. To get more space for new files and apps, you may need to delete some backup files. Moreover, if your disk gets full, new backups won’t be created, and this can also lead to loss of data.

How to delete backup files


Method 1: Use File History

The File History option available on Windows Control Panel can help you to delete backup files and free up space. To do this, follow the steps below:

  • Right-click on “Start” and select “Control Panel” from the options.
  • On the Control Panel, double-click on “System and Security” and navigate to “File History”.
  • Click on “Advanced Settings” on the left pane and then click “Clean up versions”.
  • On the popup box, choose a span of time; it could be “older than one year” or any other time frame you wish.
  • Click “Clean up” >>> “Save Changes”.

Method 2: Use Disk Cleanup

When you upgrade from an older version of Windows to a newer version (say, from Windows 7 to Windows 10), you’ll find a folder named “Old” when you open the local disk (C:). Don’t delete this folder; instead, use Disk Cleanup.

  • Right-click on your local disk drive.
  • Go to “Properties” and select “Disk Cleanup”.
  • Check the box beside “Previous Windows Installation”.
  • Click “OK”.

Method 3: Use Command Prompt

Advanced PC users love using the built-in command-line interface (Command Prompt) to make changes on their PC. If you’re this kind of person, here’s how to delete backup files in Windows 10 via Command Prompt.

  • Right-click on “Start” and select “PowerShell (Admin)” or “Command Prompt (Admin)”.
  • Now type in any of these commands and hit the Enter button to run it:

Notes: the first command deletes backup data that has lasted for over a month (30 days); the following commands delete data that has lasted for 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year, respectively.

How to recover corrupted or lost partitions

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