Why do You Need to Delete File Backup and How to Do it?

Posted by @Ivy

October 23, 2017

Backing up files is a great way to ensure the security of your files. However, with the increasing new backups, your disk will be out of space. You have to delete file backup.

Why do you need to delete file backup?

To ensure the security of your files, many users will choose to make a file backup. However, why do you need or want to delete it?

To prevent from forgetting to manually create a file backup, many users will choose to create a schedule file backup for the important files. You may backup them day by day, week by week, month by month or other specific time. At last, you will have dozens of file backups which occupy much space on the disk. Thus, your disk may be in a low disk space.

To fix this problem, you have to delete file backup in your Windows 7/8/10.

How to delete backup files in Windows 7/8/10?

Whatever problem you meet concerned to computer, you may think about built-in tools first. Now, we are going to talk about how to delete backup files via built-in tools in Windows7/8/10.

Backup and Restore in Windows 7

Backup and Restore are mainly used to create a system backup, but you still can use it to backup files. To backup files or folders, you can navigate to Backup and Restore> Change settings>Let me choose>Computer, then choose the folder you want to backup. Then, come to the point: how to delete file backup using Backup and Restore.

Step 1: Click Start and type “Backup and Restore” in the search box, then choose it from the start list. Then click Manage space when “Backup and Restore” window pop up.


Step 2: Choose “View backups” option

View Backups

Step 3: Pitch on the file backup you want to delete and click “Delete” button to finish the last step.

Delete Backup

Using Backup and Restore to delete file backup for once is easy and simple. However, you may feel upset if you need to delete dozens of file backups manually. What's worse, if your disk is in a low disk space, all your backup task will be interrupted including file backup and system image backup.

File History in Windows 8/10

File History work as a built-in tool for Windows 8 and Windows 10 which is aimed to protect your files on the disk. However, dozens of file backups will occupy too much space and result in a low disk space problem. You need to learn how to manage your file backups and disk space. Here are two methods you can use.

Method one: Change your file backup retention period

Step 1: Type “File History” in the search box and pitch on “File History Settings” from the start menu list. And click “More options” under the highlight button after you access “Settings” window.

Click Highlight Button

Step 2: Click the drop-down menu under “Keep my backups” tab and choose a file backup retention period according to your needs.

Change File Backup Retention Period

Changing file backup retention period can help you to manage disk space in a way. However, you may still receive a low disk space warning from your computer if your file backup or other backup task occupies too much space.

Method two: Turn off the Windows backups all together

Step 1: Open “File History” and click the highlight button under “Automatically back up my files” tab, then delete file history folder on your computer.

Step 2: If File History folder is locked or cannot be deleted, you can turn on the highlight button under “Automatically back up my files” tab. At the same time, click “More options” under the highlight button and pitch on “Stop using drive”, then go to the path you save your file backup and delete file history backup folder.

Click Stop Using Drive

Turning off the Windows backups all together can help you to delete backup files in a very short time. However, without the protection of File History, your files are in a risk of data loss.

Advanced way to delete file backup in Windows 7/8/10

Manually deleting dozens of file backups, file backup interrupted by low disk space or a risk of data loss may make you feel upset. Don’t worry about it. I will show you a disk space manager and walk you through every detailed step to enable disk space management.

Disk space manager: AOMEI Backupper

To successfully delete backup files, a proper software is needed. With a proper software, you do not need to manually delete backups. And you still do not worry about your backup will be interrupted owing to low disk space.

AOMEI Backupper Professional can be one of the proper software in the market. This software offers you a feature called “Backup Scheme”. It provides you 5 Backup Schemes including Full Backup Scheme, Incremental Backup Scheme, Differential Backup Scheme, Space Management Scheme and Other Backup Scheme. You can choose whatever you like. Aside by this feature, it still supplies other backup and restore features like Disk backup, System Backup, File Restore, etc.

Detailed steps to manage your backup disk space

To delete backup files in Windows 7/8/10 using AOMEI Backupper, you can set up Backup Scheme during the process of creating a file backup. When your file backup exceed the number of backup image files, AOMEI Backupper will delete older backup automatically.

Step 1: Download AOMEI Backupper Professional, install and launch it.

Step 2: Click “Backup” and “File Backup” subsequently

File Backup

Step 3: Choose the files and folders you want to backup and pitch on a path for it. Click “Schedule” option, select the “schedule settings” you like in the new pop-up window.

Backup Schedule

Step 4: Click “Scheme” option, tick “Enable Disk Space Management” and select whatever Scheme you need from drop-down menu. Then, back to the main page of “File Sync” and click “Start Sync”. After that, your older backup will be deleted automatically when your file backup exceed the number of versions.

Backup Scheme


Now, you can delete file backup easily with above methods. And I prefer to use AOMEI Backupper Professional. Because this software can help you protect your data and manage disk space.

To protect your data in a better way, it offers “Backup Schedule” feature which can automatically backup your data on a regular basis.

To manage disk space, it offers you “Backup Scheme” feature which can automatically delete your file backup according to the selected strategy. Aside by AOMEI Backupper Professional, AOMEI Backupper Serveror AOMEI Backupper Tech also supports “Backup Scheme” feature.

To multiple functions, it offers more advanced features like System Backup, Disk System, System Restore, etc.