Duplicate, duplicate, and deleting!! RRS feed

  • Question

  • System  
      Manufacturer TOSHIBA
      Model Qosmio X305
      Total amount of system memory 4.00 GB RAM
      System type 64-bit operating system
      Number of processor cores 2
      Total size of hard disk(s) 586 GB
      Disk partition (C:) 206 GB Free (288 GB Total)
      Media drive (D:) CD/DVD
      Disk partition (F:) 258 GB Free (298 GB Total)
      Display adapter type NVIDIA GeForce 9700M GTS
      Total available graphics memory 2301 MB
            Dedicated graphics memory 512 MB
            Dedicated system memory 0 MB
            Shared system memory 1789 MB
      Display adapter driver version
      Primary monitor resolution 1280x800
      DirectX version DirectX 10
      Network Adapter Realtek RTL8168C(P)/8111C(P) Family PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC (NDIS 6.0)
      Network Adapter Intel(R) Wireless WiFi Link 5100
      Network Adapter Microsoft Tun Miniport Adapter
      Network Adapter Bluetooth Personal Area Network

    I signed up for trial OneCare and it looks like I have duplicate files of duplicate files and back ups of back ups. I'm not sure if Vista setup went correctly since I'm only one computer but shows a network on the explorer. I use to just keep a backup on an external drive, but now it's showing Vista green folders on it like it is a shadow copy of C:

    I only have 600GB between computer and external HD and Vista seems to be filling it up quite quickly.

    Nevermind that since getting Vista I dont know if I'm me or admin when I have to ask myself permission each time I hit enter on the computer.

    Help me!, I'm caught in the Vista Matrix!! what is real and what is reality?

    Tuesday, March 17, 2009 6:27 PM


  • I don't believe that you have a problem. I don't know what green folders you are referring to, but you are showing a large amount of free space on your C: drive, with 82 gigs of 298 gigs total used, and your F: drive is barely used (40 gigs used).

    What makes you believe that you have "duplicate files of duplicate files and back ups of back ups" and what "green folders" are you referring to? Your user folders: Documents, Pictures, Music, etc, are a greenish blue icon and they are located within the \Users folder on the C:\ drive under your user name. There are shortcuts to these folders in Explorer, which may lead you to believe that they are duplicates.

    If you are using Vista Business or Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista creates Volume Shadow Copies of your files, up to 10% of the total drive space, and System Restore Points. Vista Home versions do not do Volume Shadow Copies.

    You have multiple network adapters in the PC. If you are connected to the Internet, you are on a network. If you are connected to a router, you are on a local network which connects to the Internet through your router. Even if you only have one PC, it is part of a network.

    If you configured OneCare to perform backup to an external drive, it will create a folder on that drive and backups will be written to that folder. The first backup is a complete one - that is, all files matching the plan you configured for data only - and subsequent backups are new and changed files only. They are saved within Zip files in the backup folder.

    Vista used UAC which requires you to approve many actions that make system changes. If you are an admin user, the elevation "warning" requires an OK to proceed. If you are not an admin, you will be prompted to provide admin credentials (ID and password) to proceed. I suspect that your ID is an admin.


    Microsoft MVP Windows Live / Windows Live OneCare & Live Mesh Forum Moderator
    Tuesday, March 17, 2009 8:55 PM