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    I backed up my files in windows10 to one of the two internal drives...what I didn't like is how much space it used..my question is can I undo the backup somehow to get the storage space back?

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    Well...since it's a backup...why not just delete it?
    That should "undo" it and clear the storage space out.

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    Go to your control panel and you should find something like 'Backup and Restore'. Disable backups.
    If you really want a good (secure) backup solution, check out the StarTech HDD duplicators, all you need is the duplicator and a spare drive the same size as what is in your PC now and you can make a mirror image of your C drive in case something goes screwy. I have one, only downside is you have to remove the C drive from the computer and put it into the duplicator dock - but doing this once a month is no big sacrifice when you think of how many hours you will be sitting glaring at a screen re-installing everything.

    I also backup all my project/music/video project files to two separate external USB drives, so one is just a mirror of the other. There is a program called FreeFileSync which makes this pretty painless.

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    I was thinking "backup and restore"?...well why not just restore it..like I do in my zoom effects guitar lab...

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    There's no need to restore.
    A backup should be a duplicate of something; A copy of something as it was on X date.
    If you restore, you'll be rolling back the files in question to X date.

    Now, if you haven't done any work or made any changes then I guess it doesn't matter, but restoring is still an unnecessary process.

    If it's a manual backup you made, just delete it.
    If it's a backup made by some software suite you should be able to view and delete within the suite.

    If you're really not sure or any of this seems confusing, I'd leave it there! Better safe than sorry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steenamaroo View Post
    There's no need to restore.
    A backup should be a duplicate of something; A copy of something as it was on X date.
    If you restore, you'll be rolling back the files in question to X date.

    Now, if you haven't done any work or made any changes then I guess it doesn't matter, but restoring is still an unnecessary process.

    If it's a manual backup you made, just delete it.
    If it's a backup made by some software suite you should be able to view and delete within the suite.

    If you're really not sure or any of this seems confusing, I'd leave it there! Better safe than sorry.
    I would like to know where windows keeps the backup file...after I deleted the "backup" file I found there was no change in storage so I would think it's still there, but where?

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    Probably best to go back to the start and tell us exactly how the backup was made.
    If it's through windows system restore, or some other automated system, you generally don't go in a manually remove things.
    Removal should be an automated process too.

    If that's what you did (an automated process) you may find a restart is required before you can see your space as available again.
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    I'm not sure if a 'backup' file would show up in this utility, but it will map out disk and directory usage to give an idea where the hard drive hogs reside.

    WinDirStat

    Download links.....
    WinDirStat - Permalinks to downloads and other content
    The FossHub download link does state it has been tested on Win10
    Mark.......

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    Yes it was automated windows manual backup in backup and security panel....and claimed to be able to see files that are backed up but I don't see them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Donithan View Post
    Yes it was automated windows manual backup in backup and security panel....and claimed to be able to see files that are backed up but I don't see them.
    Since you're dealing with windows built-in backup system, I wouldn't entertain manually deleting files.

    Use the built-in process for removing backups and then restart the computer if your space doesn't become 'free' straight away.
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