How To Manage Hard Drive Space Used by Windows 7 Backup and Restore

By Brian Burgess on December 17th, 2009

Windows 7 offers a much better utility for backing up your computer than previous versions of Windows, but sometimes it might take up too much disk space. Here we take a look at how to get some space back by deleting older backups.

Manage Backup Size

First click on Start and enter backup and restore in the search box and hit Enter.

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Then under the Backup section click on Manage Space.

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In the Manage Windows Backup disk space screen click on View Backups under the Data file backup section.

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A list of backups for different time periods will show up. You can delete older ones and just keep the most current backup. This will free up a lot of space if you have several backups periods stored.

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You will get a message making sure you want to delete the backup. If you delete the most recent backup, there is an option to delete it and run the backup again so everything is current.

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Now that we’ve been able to free up some space, let’s take a look at how to keep only the most recent system image stored. Go back to the Manage Windows Backup disk space window we were at previously and this time click on Change settings which is under the System image section.

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Now select Keep only the latest system image and minimize space used by backup then click Ok.

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Conclusion

Backing up your system is extremely important, especially if you have a lot of sensitive data and important files. If you allow Windows to manage space, it will automatically save backup periods but won’t take up more than 30% of space on the backup disk. When it gets to the 30% range it will start deleting older system images. Use these tips if you use Windows Backup and Restore and need more room on the backup disk. First create more space by manually deleting the older backups manually, then have it only save the most recent backups.

Also check out our tutorial on Using Backup and Restore in Windows 7

Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 12/17/09
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