Some hard drives are filling up fast — the result of a flaw in Windows 8’s backup system that causes multiple, unneeded backups.
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Rebuilding indexing clears backups bug
Reader James Beach’s PC is being swamped with needless backups:
“On my Win8 PC, File History saves a new version of every file every night, which quickly uses up all of my backup space. It looks like a bug, according to a lengthy TechNet thread.
“None of the proposed remedies has resolved the issue.”
Wow! This appears to be a rare but serious flaw related to Win8’s automatic file indexing. When the problem kicks in, File History archives all files in the affected Libraries (Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, etc.) — even files that haven’t changed! These needless backups can consume tens of gigabytes of disk space with each pass.