How to manage drive space for Windows Backup in Windows 10

How to manage drive space for Windows Backup in Windows 10

The Backup and Restore (Windows 7) feature (also known as Windows Backup ) was originally included in Windows 7. The feature was deprecated in Windows 8 and removed in Windows 8.1, but brought back to Windows 10. .

What does Windows Backup do?

While you can use Backup and Restore (Windows 7) to restore any Windows 7 backup on a Windows 10 PC, you can also use it to back up and restore files on your own Windows 10 PC.

Windows Backup will back up all the files in the libraries, folders, and drives you choose or let Windows choose. You will have an option to include the system image in the backup. You can also choose to have these items backed up on a regular schedule.

After setting up Windows Backup, you can manage Windows Backup’s drive space usage as needed. You can free up drive space by deleting previously created system image and data file backups.

Some note

You must be logged in as an admin to be able to manage disk space for Windows Backup.

Data file backups are created in sets also known as backup intervals.

At the time the backup is created for the first time after you set up Windows Backup, Windows will make a full backup of all the files in the folders you have selected in the drive: computer name Backup Set YYYY-MM-DD HHMMSS Backup Files YYYY-MM-DD HHMMSS . The Backup Files folder YYYY-MM-DD HHMMSS contains the Backup files # .zip folders which are your actual backed up files during that date and time.

When you create another backup, Windows creates a new full backup saved in the new Backup Set YYYY-MM-DD HHMMSS folder.

When you create an incremental backup, Windows creates a backup of all the files that have changed since the last backup and saved in a new Backup Files YYYY-MM-DD HHMMSS folder in the Backup folder. Set YYYY-MM-DD HHMMSS currently.

Location of the backups created by Windows

System images are saved in this format:

(Chữ cái tên ổ):WindowsImageBackupcomputer nameBackup YYYY-MM-DD HHMMSS

Example: If your computer name is Brink-W10PC , your backup location is on hard drive (network or local) E: and you backed up on January 23, 2017 at 7:01:54 pm (Windows will use the 24-hour time format), then your system image will be in the directory below.

E:WindowsImageBackupBrink-W10PCBackup 2017-01-23 190154
The location to save the system image

How to manage drive space for Windows Backup in Windows 10

This guide will show you how to manage Windows Backup’s disk space usage to back up data files and system images on a Windows 10 PC.

Here’s how to do it:

1. Open Settings , click the Update & security icon, click Backup on the left, and select Go to Backup and Restore (Windows 7) under Looking for and older backup on the right.

Note : You can also open Backup and Restore (Windows 7) by opening the Control Panel (icon view) and clicking the Backup and Restore icon (Windows 7).

Open Settings

2. Click the Manage space link .

Click the Manage space link

3. Do step 4 (for backing up data files) and / or step 5 (for the system image) below, depending on what space you want to manage. When done, go to step 6 below.

4. To manage the data file backup space

A) Click the View backups button .

Click the View backups button

If the View backups button is greyed out, it means you don’t have any backups.

B) Select the backup time you want to delete and click the Delete button .

Select the backup time you want to delete

C) Click Delete to confirm.

If you delete the computer-only data file backup, then you will also have the option to Delete and run backup now .

Option Delete and run backup now

D) Click Close and go to step 3 above.

5. To manage space for the system image:

A) Click the Change settings button .

If the Change settings button is greyed out, it means you don’t have any system images available.

Click the Change settings button

B) Choose how you want Windows to retain the old system image and click OK.

Choose how you want Windows to retain the old system image

If automatic backup schedule is off, then you will see left screenshot above.

If enabled the automatic backup schedule that includes the system image, then you will see right screenshot. You can change the maximum space Windows uses to store the system image on the drive by adjusting the Max Usage slider for the drive (eg “E” ) in the System Protection settings .

Adjust the Max Usage slider

C) Click Delete to confirm and go to step 3 above.

Click Delete to confirm

6. When finished, click Close.

Click Close

7. Now, you can close Backup and Restore (Windows 7) if you want.

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