If you want to delete or copy the entire WindowsImageBackup
folder to save it to another location to keep a copy of it, you will need to open each subfolder in the WindowsImageBackup
folder and grant access permission to them first by clicking Continue
twice for eace folder. You will then be able to copy this folder like any other folder. You may want to do this because when a new Complete PC Backup is made it can overwrite the previous Complete PC Backup with the differences to create the new backup.
- Backups are saved in a folder with this format: (backup drive letter)\WindowsImageBackup\(your computer name)\Backup (year-month-day) (time)
- If the backup was done on Local Disk D: at 9/7/2007 1:00:50 PM (It uses 24 hour time), then the full backup file path would be:
- D:\WindowsImageBackup\Computer\Backup 2007-09-07 130050
- You would right click the folder Backup 2007-09-07 130050 and click Delete to delete that backup.
To delete all but the most recent Complete PC Backup, you can use Disk Cleanup
. You will just need to select the drive that the complete PC backups are stored on and select the More Options
To delete the Complete PC Backup completely, you just need to take ownership
of the WindowsImageBackup
folder and subfolders. Afterwards, you will be able to delete the folder.
Open Control Panel. (Classic View)
Click on the Backup and Restore Center
Click on the Back up Computer
button. (See screenshot below)
Click on Continue
in the UAC prompt.
You will see this for a moment as Vista searches for backup devices. (See screenshot below)
Dot the location to save the backup image to. (See screenshot below)
Vista cannot backup the partition or drive that you are saving the complete backup to.
A) On a Hard Disk:
For saving to a different hard drive or partition.
NOTE: You cannot save the backup image on the same partition as Vista is installed on. It can only be saved on another partition, a separate hard drive, USB device (external hard drive), or on multiple DVDs. If you wish to create a new partition for backups, then see: How to Shrink and Create a Partition with Disk Management in Vista
B) On One or More DVDs:
For saving to multiple DVDs that are bigger than 1 GB in size each.
C) Click on Next
Click Start backup
to confirm the backup settings and start the backup process. (See screenshots below)
NOTE: This will tell you how much space will be used on the other hard drive, or how many DVDs it will take.
If you have a previous complete PC backup
in this location, this complete backup will only backup the differences between now and when the previous backup was made. (See the right screenshot below)
You will now see this window. (See screenshot below)
If you selected On One or More DVDs
(step 6), then this window will pop-up asking for the first DVD. (See screenshot below)
A) Insert a blank DVD into the DVD drive and click on OK.10.
NOTE: It will continue to ask for DVDs until it is finished. See step 7 to see how many DVDs will be required.
When the backup is completed it will let you know. Click on Close
Close the Control Panel window.