61844: Acronis True Image 2019, 2020 and 2021: How to delete old backups

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Last update: 05-04-2022


Old backups are deleted automatically according to the rules defined in the backup options. Read "Automatic cleanup rules" section in the user guide: local backups, backups in Acronis Cloud.

The backup menu option "Delete", which has always existed in the program, removes a backup completely, with all of its versions.

Acronis True Image 2019 for Windows introduced a new option for you to have more control over local backups - "Clean up versions". This feature permits deleting just the selected backup versions and their dependencies on demand, without changing automatic cleanup rules and waiting until they are applied.

The cleanup requires at least 1% of backup size space free on the drive so that archive metadata can be updated. If you get an error "Drive is full" when attempting version cleanup, it means there is not enough space to run the operation. Please delete or move files from the backup destination to free up space.

For more information about cleaning up Cloud backups in Acronis True Image 2021 see Using Cloud Cleanup Wizard


  1. In the Backup section, click the down arrow icon next to the backup to clean up, click Clean up versions...

  2. Clean up backup versions window opens

  3. By default, Acronis True Image selects to delete all version chains, except the last one.
  4. If you want to delete:
    • All backup chains except for the last, then click Delete without modifying the selection.

    • Specific backup versions, then clear the check boxes next to the versions that you want to keep, and then click Delete. Note that in this case dependent incremental and differential backup versions are marked for deletion as well.

After the cleanup, some auxiliary files may stay in the storage. Please do not delete them!

If some of the backup versions are missing (e.g. .TIB files were deleted, renamed or moved in Windows Explorer), the program will detect it and offer to delete broken records and dependencies.

More information

To learn about deleting backups from Acronis Cloud, check the product documentation here.