706 GB in my backup? How is that possible?

  1.    02 Mar 2017 #1

    706 GB in my backup? How is that possible?

    I don't even remember doing a backup but I was looking for my external hard drive in C and I saw that it says that I have 10 files, 0 folders in Backup2. Totally 706GB. I only have used maybe 20 GB. I went to the system backup and keep a history of your files and they are both turned off. I got a fixmestick but that can't be it. I also have Webroot Secure Anywhere so I don't seem to have any viruses. I'm confused. I did disc clean up and that only fixed like 200mb. I am now compressing them. I saw someone said to download a software to tell where they are and I will do that now.

    I will post a picture of what I am talking about. Click image for larger version. 

Name:	system backup files.JPG 
Views:	55 
Size:	36.4 KB 
ID:	123412
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2. Caledon Ken's Avatar
    Posts : 11,167
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       03 Mar 2017 #2

    Welcome to the TenForums @beachinmoney

    Did you discover what / where these are?

    It appears this folder is right on the root of C:\.

    Any chance you had an old machine and someone transferred its entire contents onto this device?

    The bracketed (2) would mean at one time there was a folder System Backup(1) and before that System Backup. Can't have the same folder or file name in Windows in the same place so it adds numbers to them. They could still be present.

    Are you able to open the folder and see the file names? If not what message are you getting?

    One trick I do if I don't know what a thing is, I rename it, something like System Backupold(2). If a function wants it I can restore the name. I also set a task in Outlook for a month out. Nobody screams in a month it is deleted. Of course I have backups of backups. One month might not be the right timeframe for you.

    There is another Backup process in Windows 10 called Backup and Restore (Windows 7). It might be worth checking it. 700GB is a lot if only 20GB is your data. Maybe it is just set for Images. Still seems high. Type Backup and restore in Cortana

    Do you have any other software imaging your machine, Acronis, Macrium, etc.

      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3. Bree's Avatar
    Posts : 9,183
    10 Home x64 (1809) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       03 Mar 2017 #3

    Caledon Ken said: View Post
    There is another Backup process in Windows 10 called Backup and Restore (Windows 7). It might be worth checking it...
    Unlikely to be the source. The native 'Backup and Restore (Windows 7)' will not let you back up to the same drive, it insists on (at least) using a separate partition. Also, there are only two top-level folders it creates, one that has the same name as the machine when you back up files/folders, the other named WindowsImageBackup for holding system images.

    Does the date of the folder, 20 Dec 2016, give any clues?
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  4.    07 Mar 2017 #4

    No, Can I just go in and delete it? My machine is moving really slow. At one point I had Aomei backup and Ashampoo but I just recently deleted them. Also something called Re image. I just got this computer and I was paranoid because my last all in one computer's hard drive crashed three times. I unplugged my external hard drive and so I think Aomei backed all this up but why would it be so huge? Just please tell me how to effectively delete. I will run a backup after that. Any help on software? Free. Backup confuse me!
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    09 Mar 2017 #5

    I just deleted them all and now I have over 916GB back.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6. Caledon Ken's Avatar
    Posts : 11,167
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       09 Mar 2017 #6


    You may wish to look up Macrium Reflect to Image system. Free and recommended by members. Tutorial in the tutorial section.

    I mentioned the Backup and Restore (Windows 7). It has an Imager and data backup. Some have had very good success with Image portion. The data backup piece works well and nothing special access the files in data backups.

    To generate conversation you may wish to start a specific thread with a question as to what members are using for an Imager and a data backup.

    I built a little backup routine, for data, using a Window command line called Robocopy. Lots of switches to customize needs and I find it very quick.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


Related Threads
Is there a software program that will add you incremental weekly backups to the original full backup instead of creating new large backup files every time it does an incremental backup? Am using EASUS todo and it keeps creating large incremental...
http://images.paragon-software.com/sites/paragonsoftware.com/ Macrium Reflect Free Free Desktop and Laptop backup - Veeam Endpoint Backup :):) Which ones is good and works as good if not better than Acronis True Image?
Windows 10 client machines can now be backed up seamlessly to cloud by Azure Backup service. Customers with machines running Windows 10 (64-bit) operating systems can protect their important file-folder data to Azure in a secure manner and restore...
I'm setting up a file backup on Win 10 Pro. Under the backup settings there is the "Back up these folders" section. I have a total of five folders I want to backup so I keep removing all the folders that Windows adds by default and leave the five...
I have an HP a6547c desktop that has gone from Vista to Windows 8.1 and finally to Windows 10. Attached is a Western Digital 1TB external hard drive that was wiped clean. I started the Windows Backup program (worried at first when it said Backup...
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 20:40.
Find Us