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file history on an internal drive

  1. #11


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    Correct, File History isn't related to the WindowsImageBackup folder.

    If you deleted the WindowsImageBackup folder, then I'm not sure what you mean by it still taking up space on the drive. Please give more details to see what it may be.

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  2. #12


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    Windows 8.1


    Okay, I'll do my best to explain the things as clearly as possible. :-)

    Strange as it may sound, I created the WindowsImageBackup folder (of close to 30GB), right-clicked on it and deleted it only to find that the amount of free space on the drive remained the same as before deleting it. Needless to say, nothing was added to the recycle bin.

    Then I made another WindowsImageBackup folder and a File History folder as well as put two more folders on the drive. These four folders have just over 35GB in total, yet the used space is 66.6GB. The discrepancy is due to the deleted WindowsImageBackup folder, which despite having been deleted obviously remains somewhere. I've used CCleaner, defragmentation, clean disk etc. but the file continues to take space despite being nowhere to be found :-)



    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Correct, File History isn't related to the WindowsImageBackup folder.

    If you deleted the WindowsImageBackup folder, then I'm not sure what you mean by it still taking up space on the drive. Please give more details to see what it may be.
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  3. #13


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Does the space show the same in Disk Management?

    Might also restart the PC to see if it may just be a glitch.
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  4. #14


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    Windows 8.1


    I've restarted the PC like five times since then, but to no avail.

    Yes, it does show exactly the same numbers via Disk Management, I'm at my wits' end really.


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Does the space show the same in Disk Management?

    Might also restart the PC to see if it may just be a glitch.
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  5. #15


    I was under the impression the FH only saved my files and folders, not system??
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  6. #16


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    Quote Originally Posted by elbmek View Post
    I was under the impression the FH only saved my files and folders, not system??
    That's correct. Tomas also created a system image.
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  7. #17


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomas View Post
    I've restarted the PC like five times since then, but to no avail.

    Yes, it does show exactly the same numbers via Disk Management, I'm at my wits' end really.


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Does the space show the same in Disk Management?

    Might also restart the PC to see if it may just be a glitch.
    I'm not sure what why a deleted item would still show as using up the space.

    Check using the free program WinDirStat to see if it may be able to help ID what may be using the space on the drive.
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  8. #18


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by elbmek View Post
    I was under the impression the FH only saved my files and folders, not system??
    That's correct. Tomas also created a system image.
    danke much
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  9. #19


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    Quote Originally Posted by elbmek View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by elbmek View Post
    I was under the impression the FH only saved my files and folders, not system??
    That's correct. Tomas also created a system image.
    danke much
    De nada. Hopefully we'll find out why the old deleted WindowsImageBackup folder or what is still taking up the space.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 14
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks a lot guys, I'll try that WinDirStat thing as soon as I get back home from work later today.


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by elbmek View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post

    That's correct. Tomas also created a system image.
    danke much
    De nada. Hopefully we'll find out why the old deleted WindowsImageBackup folder or what is still taking up the space.
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