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Deleting - My Backup- XP

by Blaine Humbert / September 29, 2009 4:47 AM PDT

A few years ago, I reinstalled Windows XP. After trying 4 times unsuccessfully, I reinstalled original video card and was then successful. However I now have 5 MY Backup files at 10+GB each. Is it safe to delete these files and how do I do it?

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What do these backup files contain?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 29, 2009 5:02 AM PDT

And how were they produced?

If, after a few years, they have just been sitting there, (where?), doing nothing and have never been accessed, then it is likely you can recover the hard disk space they take up by deleting them. But we don't know what's in them, only you do.


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Deleting MY Backup Files
by Blaine Humbert / September 29, 2009 6:08 AM PDT

I used a restore DVD. I am sure the MY Backup files were created on my unsuccessful attempts to finish restore. As I tried 4 times before putting back in original video card. On one attempt one of my dual dvi video card outputs smoked and quit working. After restoring I put in new dual dvi. No problems since. Should I delete all but the last one?

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I would see Grif's advice below
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 29, 2009 7:15 PM PDT

In my view, if your system is now working as you wish, and you have no reason to try and access those backup files, then I would delete them all.

As Grif says, it is often easier to save, (backup), your personal files, eg photos, music, documents, videos, downloaded software installation files, etc, to some other source like an external hard disk, or better still to CD/DVD. Then if need be, reinstall the operating system from scratch, and add back in your personal files as you need them.


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Yes, You Can Delete The BKF Files
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / September 29, 2009 5:07 AM PDT

If you use such as a backup, you can simply delete the file (RIGHT click on the file, choose "Delete") or delete them all by doing a search for *.bkf, then after they all show up in the Serch window, click on "Edit" in the upper left, choose "Select All", then click on "File", choose "Delete".. Occasionally, you may need to take ownership of the file to make it go away.. If that's the case, see the link below:

Personally, I don't use the Windows Backup Utility (BKF)to make backups.. I either use a mirror program such as Ghost or Acronis, or... on most of our machines we already have the reinstall discs and we only need to routinely burn copies of our important files to a DVD/CD.

Hope this helps.


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