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    Unknown Folders

    I have two internal drives that are used exclusively for Daily True Image Backups..
    In case one of the drives fails or there is a corrupt image I always have the second drive to recover from.

    One of the drives is a Western Digital 1 TB that has the folders shown in the attached screen shot.
    The other internal backup drive doesn't have these folders.

    All the folders are empty.

    The dates they were created on are:
    Only the ones with the padlock are the ones I am concerned about.

    2/9/2011
    3/9/2011
    4/13/2011
    4/27/2011
    5/11/2011
    6/17/2011
    6/18/2011
    7/13/2011


    What are these folders and can they be deleted ?
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    Are these two internal drives (partitions) in addition to the C Drive (partition) and possibly a D Drive (partition)? This would give a total of 4 Drives (partitions) To rephrase (since it's very early and I'm probably not making sense) how many physical drives and how many partitions do you have?

    These folders appear to be some type of windows generated or app generated system folders, possibly for update info, who knows.
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    I am not sure but they look very similar to the files created when I do an image backup from win 7's image backup option. (it works very well too).
    The fact they have a padlock on tends to suggest they are secure system files and probably you won't be able to delete them unless you reformat drive.
    It is possible as you stated you use 2 drives in case one image gets corrupted that you have indeed found a corrupted backup image.
    One way to be sure is to redo the Images and see if they get repaired.
    Hope this helps a little.

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    Ted, they are SEPARATE drives. No partitions on any of them.

    Curious, No, I have never found a corrupt image and have never restored an image since using Windows 7...Lucky I guess.
    I use two drives for safety reasons so that I always have two images on separate drives.
    They image daily on a schedule.

    I usually delete the images weekly and create new ones.

    I have use TI for years and have never encountered this..

    Like you said, it is possible I once tried Windows image program but really am not sure if I did..
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    If they are not taking up much space, just ignore them. Like curious states, the padlock makes me womder. I have seen folder names like this involved with updates, but who knows.

    I would also make another suggestion. It takes some intestinal fortitude the first time so be prepared. I would also check my Image by actually restoring from one. The only way to actually know if they will work when really needed is to actually restore once to ensure the Image is correct. Good Luck!
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    One other thing Curious, I just tried to delete one of them and it deleted with no problem...
    I restored it back until I know more about what the folders are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Myers View Post
    If they are not taking up much space, just ignore them. Like curious states, the padlock makes me womder. I have seen folder names like this involved with updates, but who knows.

    I would also make another suggestion. It takes some intestinal fortitude the first time so be prepared. I would also check my Image by actually restoring from one. The only way to actually know if they will work when really needed is to actually restore once to ensure the Image is correct. Good Luck!
    Well Ted, the folders are empty.
    I have googled it and there are tons of reasons for them including what you say about update folders that are left over.

    Yeahm the padlock also makes me wonder too....

    You're right, I should test a image restore but being a long time TI user I never had a problem before restoring an image so I never figured a test would be needed.
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    The padlocks mean they are 'Shared' folders.
    O wad some Power the giftie gie us, to see oursels as ithers see us!

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    RR, that may be the case but it still doesn't answer the question of what they are and why are they are on a drive that is only used for image files...

    I did read on Google that Windows Update tends to create temp folders on the drive with the most space but I'm not sure if that's the case yet..
    Like I said, they are empty...I even turned on SHOW HIDDEN files and the folders are still empty...
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    Have you tried using 'Disk Cleanup' on your drive where the folders are ?
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    No, I haven't tried anything yet.
    I will try that and see what happens..
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    The last time I had mysteroius files showing on partition D: with a long name as in your images but NO padlock was after getting updates. I was advised to move them to C: and leave them there for a week, then run disk cleanup again to see what occured. I eventually deleted them without subsequent problems.
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    Yeah RR, I think I'll make a folder on the drive and move them into that and wait and see what happens...
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    It should'nt cause any harm, if memory serves me well, you make regular backups.
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    Sure RR...I'm so backed up I think I'm in front...

    Actually, they are kinda old folders so I don't think any harm will be done moving them for the time being to see what happens..
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