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[Solved] File History Cleanup: Delete File History Windows 10

Updated on Apr 16, 2019 by Brithny to Todo Backup Resource

File History keeps saving files and the File History backup drive is out of space. If you are faced with File History Cleanup problems, you are in the right place. File History Cleanup can get you out of all the troubles. Go ahead and see this article.

How Can I Delete File History Folder 

File History is a backup application that continuously protects your personal files stored in Libraries, Desktop, Favorites, and Contacts folders. It periodically scans the file system for changes and copies changed files to another location. Every time any of your personal files has changed, its copy will be stored on a dedicated, external storage device selected by you. Over time, File History builds a complete history of changes made to any personal file.

However, it is a personal choice to delete it. Over time, more and more File History backups saved and you find that you are running out of space. In this case, you can use File History Cleanup in Windows 10/8 at any time to delete versions of files and folders older than a selected age, except the most recent version of a file or folder.

Steps to Use File History Cleanup to Delete Older Versions of Files

Step 1. Use File History Cleanup from Control Panel

  • Open the Control Panel, and click the File History icon.
  • Click on the Advanced settings link in the left side column.
  • Then click Clean up versions.
  • In the drop-down menu, select the age you want to delete versions of files and folders from, and click/tap on Clean up. 

Also, you can go to the backup drive to manually delete File History folder. All File History backup files are stored in a folder called "FileHistory" on the backup drive you set up. Just delete it.

Step 2. Automatically Delete Old Backups with EaseUS Todo Backup

To avoid having the same problem in the future, it is recommended to improve your File History settings. You should change how long File History keeps saved versions. You can lower the time interval you have set.

Besides, you are suggested to use EaseUS Todo Backup, which is designed for professional backup and restore. It can automatically delete old backups to free up disk space for new backups. Read the following details below:

Step 1. Open EaseUS Todo Backup and select "File Backup".

You may have a large amount of vital data to be protected as time goes on, such as documents, pictures, music, and videos, etc. It is always a good habit to have a backup on a regular basis. File Backup is one of the best choices for you to get over unexpected data loss.

click file backup to back up files

Step 2. Select the files that you want to back up.

If you just want to back up one or some specific file types from one folder, the option at top right corner can help you exclude the other files.

select the file type to back up

Step 3. Select a destination to save your backup file. You'd better create the backup file in some other storage media or in some other drive. If not, there may be a risk of the backup file getting corrupted or destroyed.

select the destination to save your backups

Advanced backup settings are useful when you want to create a flexible and automatic backup plan. 

information about advanced settings

The schedule is to create an automatic backup plan.

what is schedule backup

Backup options are to edit the advanced parameters. 

backup options

Image-reserve strategy is to reserve the limited image as per image retention rule.

image-reserve strategy

Advanced backup settings are for reference only but not a prerequisite for backup.

Step 4. Click "Proceed" to execute your operation.

In the Image-reserve strategy section, set a number of backups. When it exceeds the number of versions, the older backup image will be deleted automatically.