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Deleting Some File History

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    Deleting Some File History


    Anyone know if there is a way to get rid of some files in file history? I unzipped some files and before I got rid of them file history ran and saved them. They are big enough that I'd put some work in to getting rid of them but not so big that I want to turn off file history, blow away the current set, then re-enable it. When I've done something like that on win7 I could just blow away the most recent backup set and rerun backup, but I don't see anything like that here. Ideally though I'd like to just get rid of the dozen or so files in question.

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    Bamberg Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    could just blow away the most recent backup set and rerun backup, but I don't see anything like that here.
    In action center you can turn it off, then delete the file in file explorer, then turn it back on(not so ideal option)
    Or you just go to the drive where the File History folder is and open it and delete the older versions of files (when different versions are there they'll be marked so (1) (2)etc...)
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    win 8.1 Pro / 64


    thx

    In action center you can turn it off, then delete the file in file explorer, then turn it back on(not so ideal option)
    That didn't seem to do anything. Perhaps I misunderstand. I turned off file history then went to the orginal file (not the saved file) and deleted it. Turned file history back on but they still showed in file history and i could restore them.

    then I tried

    File History folder is and open it and delete the older versions of files (when different versions are there they'll be marked so (1) (2)etc...)
    While that did work, it wasn't clean. The files still show in file history when you enter Restore Personal Files. I'm' guessing that they are in a file called Catalog[n].edb. You can still try to restore them with a resulting system error.
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    I'm not so sure on this one but maybe it depends on how your system is set up. For example I have my system(c.: drive) on a SSD and F: backups & file history and D: Data an a 2TB HDD, so I have Library(System folders) and C:\Users\Clifford\*** links from my c drive pointing to F and D drives, that means in my case I have to find all links and as you saw it can get messy. The only info I could otherwise find was this tutorial from Brink on deleting older versions.
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    Yes

    I think I had seen Brink's article. But I think that just gets rid of older versions, not all versions.

    I have a similar setup, but use a hybrid drive partitioned for C & I. I is where all my data is. Basically the same setup I've used for about 20 years now. I did create a library for the entire I drive as there is very little is nonsense on it and having the entire partition as a library saves me from creating new libraries everytime I create a new folder.

    For backups I use an external 2T drive partitioned roughly into 1600 & 400 (drives s & t). T is where file history is. I use S for system image backups and a few other things i save manually. I create a system image before each monthly MS update named WindowsImageBackup - yyyy-mm-dd - hhmmss. Also create a file with the same name .txt and write any notes in to that. Like the oldest .txt notes that it is the vanilla install plus all hotfixes to date and a couple of my initial basic programs (min parition, text editor etc). I use separate partitions to keep file history size under control.

    Anyway, it doesn't really look like I can accomplish what I want. I'll probably either leave the files there as they aren't that big, or wait until my next image backup and blow away all file history and restart it.

    thanks for your assistance.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Your welcome. Windows has a lot of good tools but sometimes I think they've got that military mentality: " Good enough for Government work" and don't fine tune it enough or just plain leave it half finished as abandonware
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