Cleaning up old recovery points

Over time, you might end up with recovery points that you no longer need. For example, you might have several recovery points created months ago that you no longer need because you have more current ones containing your latest work.

Automating management of backup data

The Clean Up feature deletes all but the most current recovery point set, to help make more space available on your hard disk.


After a recovery point is deleted, you no longer have access to the files or system recovery from that point in time. You should explore the contents of the recovery point before you delete it.

See About exploring recovery points.

To clean up old recovery points

  1. On the Tools page, click Manage Backup Destination.

  2. Click Clean Up.

    The recovery point sets that can be safely removed without eliminating your latest recovery point are selected automatically. You can select or deselect the recovery point sets to specify which ones to remove.

  3. Click Delete.

  4. Click Yes to confirm the deletion.

  5. Click OK.

More Information

Opening and restoring files within a recovery point

Cleaning up old recovery points