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How Can I Delete an Old Backup?

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    How Can I Delete an Old Backup?

    Hi:

    I use an external hard drive for backups, and I back up once a week. One of the old backups allows the restoration of a document that I want permanently deleted from my system. I wanted to delete the backup for that date to eliminate that possibility, and I deleted the backup's folder in the external hard drive (disk F, but Vista's "Backup and Restore Center" still allows the backup for that date and the restoration of the file I want permanently deleted. I can't find the backup's folder in Windows.

    How can I delete the old backup from Vista's "Backup and Restore Center"? If that's not possible, how can I prevent the restoration of the file I want permanently deleted?

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: How Can I Delete an Old Backup?

    Quote Originally Posted by trp7839 View Post
    Hi:

    I use an external hard drive for backups, and I back up once a week. One of the old backups allows the restoration of a document that I want permanently deleted from my system. I wanted to delete the backup for that date to eliminate that possibility, and I deleted the backup's folder in the external hard drive (disk F, but Vista's "Backup and Restore Center" still allows the backup for that date and the restoration of the file I want permanently deleted. I can't find the backup's folder in Windows.

    How can I delete the old backup from Vista's "Backup and Restore Center"? If that's not possible, how can I prevent the restoration of the file I want permanently deleted?

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Hi,

    Maybe you can find your answers in here.

    Back Up Files - Reset Last Backup Listing

    Backup Files

    If you can get access to the backup files, why not just delete the file that you do not want anymore instead of the whole backup? It may just show the old backup listing , but if you deleted it then it shouldn't be there anymore.

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    Re: How Can I Delete an Old Backup?

    Thanks for your reply. Deleting the file in the backup on F: is what I should have done in the first place. At the time I didn't realize that I was merely deleting the backup from the list, not the backup files themselves. Now the problem is that I can't access the file to delete it, because I deleted the folder from the backup list. Vista's Backup can still restore it. I ran the program to reset the last backup you included in your reply, but the last backup is still missing. Any suggestions on how to delete the file?

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    Re: How Can I Delete an Old Backup?

    Are you sure it can restore it? How do you know that it can?

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    Re: How Can I Delete an Old Backup?

    I just tried to restore the file, and it can't be restored. Problem solved. Thanks for your help!

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    Re: How Can I Delete an Old Backup?

    Great! Yeah, sounded like you wouldn't be able to restore it from what you said. I'm glad you worked it out.

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