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How Do I Safely Remove Back-up Folders From Reformats?


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#1 Trans Geek Lily

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 01:12 AM

Hi, I'm having a few problems. After getting Avast my computer has been safer than ever. However, there are back-up folders left over from previous system reformats that always seem to slow down my scans.. Is there a way to safely get rid of the folders?

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 01:41 AM

Hi Trans Greek Lily. Welcome to Bleeping Computer  :thumbsup:

I am not sure which folders you are referring to, but if they are not associated with any program you are currently running, then should be safe to simply delete them and empty the Recycle Bin. If they are Program Files, remove them from Control Panel/Add-Remove.

Another way to clean out more room is to use Disk Cleanup in System Tools. If you are happy with the way your computer is running now, create a new Restore Point and use the More Options tab in Disk Cleanup to delete all but the most recent Restore Point.

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 08:10 AM

They are folders in my hard drive containing back-up data created from system reformats with names like C:/My Backup (Year)-(Day)-(Month) (07-11-10). There are some back-up folders I don't need anymore. I tried highlighting them and clicking delete but that did nothing. it shows a deletion progress pop up but it closes before any progress is made.

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 10:48 AM

Try doing this in safe mode, if these files are open you won't be able to delete them, safe mode should have these files closed as it runs on minimal applications.

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 10:54 AM

If you do delete them, leave them in the Recycle Bin for awhile (Don't Empty) Just to be on the safe side
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Posted 14 July 2008 - 07:05 PM

I tried it in safe mode, but got the same results along with a pop up saying access denied an telling me to check if the folders are write protected or in use or something.

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 12:25 AM

This should do it for you -

http://www.filehippo.com/download_unlocker/

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 08:44 PM

I'll check it out in a bit. I'll get back to you with the results. Hopefully, I should have promising results.

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 09:38 PM

I tried it out, it said the files didn't have any locks but said it would help me prform the action. Obviously, I chose delete. Guess what? Nothing happened.......... I Haven't tried it in safe mode, yet, but I don't think it works in safe mode. These are some stubborn back-up folders.

Edited by Trans Geek Lily, 16 July 2008 - 09:39 PM.


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Posted 16 July 2008 - 11:20 PM

The only thing that comes to mind now, and I may be totally wrong, is that those files were created by the System and in order to protect you and itself, Windows will not allow them to be deleted??????

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 11:50 PM

Well they were created by choosing a back up system reformat instead of a complete destructive one that destroys all memory. They stored all the back up files and folders that the system had on it before the reformat. I have extracted everything I need from those folders to my current folders and no longer need the backup folders. For some reason I can't delete them when I'm pretty sure I no longer need them. Usually with Avast's good proactive protection I don't really need to scan often, but when I do need to scan, these folders really slow me down since they have so many files stored in them. Ever since I got Avast, my computer's been cleaner than ever, its boot time scan was able to detect and delete old inactive trojans and adware that were on a certain back up folder. I'm pretty sure I no longer need these files as they slow me down when I need to perform scans if its proactive detection fails. I'm hoping that I could find some way to get rid of those folders, but haven't had much luck.

Edited by Trans Geek Lily, 16 July 2008 - 11:53 PM.


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Posted 20 July 2008 - 01:13 AM

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 11:06 AM

K, I'll try those because those folders are really eating away at my system memory.

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 07:57 PM

Using the Unlocker and various windows features, I was able to delete the folders from the inside. Odd, from the outside I couldn't delete the folder and all it's contents, But when i try deleting everything from the inside, it works. I've found my solution and freed up tons of memory.

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 08:14 PM

Glad to hear it.

It is a satisfying feeling when you are able to overcome a niggling problem, isn't it?

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