Win8’s always-on, automatic backup system — File History — can consume huge amounts of disk space; but it’s easy to control, once you know the tricks.
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Control File History’s appetite for disk space
Reader Bill Dornbush’s File History backups were getting huge, and his solution — deleting specific, large files from File History — didn’t work.
- “Fred, in your ‘Customize File History’s backups with ease’ article [Oct. 9 LangaList Plus], you described how to add files to File History backups. But how do you delete files from File History backups?
I occasionally use Outlook, and copies of outlook.pst have rapidly filled up my backup drive.
“How do you delete files such as outlook.pst that are taking too much space in the File History backup volume?”
There are several ways to control the size of File History backups; the best options are found in File History’s Advanced settings windows. I recommend using those settings if you can. You’ll see why in a moment.
But you asked specifically about getting one large file — outlook.pst — out of your backups. You can do that — but the method is kludgy.