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Removing Backed Up Files from Carbonite

Removing files, folders, and drives from your Carbonite backup can reduce the total amount of time it takes to perform back up and restore operations. You can deselect items from the Carbonite backup by right-clicking on them and selecting Carbonite; Don't back this up. This will remove the files from your backup within 72 hours.

Windows Explorer: Right-click; Carbonite; Don't back this up
If you delete a file from your computer, it will be removed from your backup within 30 days. If you want a deleted file to be removed from your backup sooner than 30 days, you can use the Carbonite Backup Drive to deselect it, which will cause it to be removed within 72 hours.

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Removing files through Windows Explorer

Locate and right-click a file, folder, or hard drive you wish to remove and select Carbonite; Don't back this up.

Windows Explorer: Right-click; Carbonite; Don't back this up

The file will be removed from your backupA set of copies of your files on our servers., and the status dot will no longer be displayed. Within 72 hours, the file will also be deleted from the Carbonite servers.

The option Don't Back This Up also works the same way for folders. Removing folders from your backup will also remove the files within those folders from your backup. If you remove a folder from your backup, a confirmation window will be displayed.

Click Yes to remove the folder and the files within it from your backup. Click No to cancel.

Carbonite Windows Client: Are you sure you want to do this? Yes/No

After you click Yes, the status dot will be removed from the folder and the folder will be removed from your backup. All files within the folder will also be removed from your backup.

Removing files through the Carbonite Backup Drive

If you cannot locate the file, folder, or hard drive computer, you can always remove it from your backup by using the Carbonite Backup Drive.

Double-click the Carbonite Backup Drive icon through the File Explorer window (alternatively called Windows Explorer in older Windows operating systems).

Carbonite Backup Drive Icon

The Carbonite Backup Drive window will be displayed. To view files and folders in your backup, double-click the Backed Up Files icon.

Backed Up Files Icon

Navigate to the file you wish to remove from your backup. Right-click the file and select Do not back up to remove the file from your backup within 72 hours.

Carbonite Backup Drive: Right-click file; Do not back up

The Do not back up option also works for folders. Removing folders from your backup will likewise remove the files within them. If you remove a folder from your backup, a confirmation window will be displayed.

Click Yes to remove the folder and the files within it from your backup. Click No to cancel.

Are you sure you want to do this? Yes

After you click Yes, the status dot will be removed from the folder and the folder will be removed from your backup. All files within the folder will also be removed from your backup.

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