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Title: Win 7 SystemImage ETL Files
Post by: Magdalene on December 13, 2018, 08:31:41 AM
Hi,
Using Win 7 X 64 Pro.

I regularly create System Image Backups and save to an external HDD. I note that in C:\Windows\Logs\windowsBackup Folder ther are several
 SystemImage ETL Files.
I'm assuming these were created as part of the process of creating a System Image'
My question is are these files used on a subsequent re-image? I'm assuming not as these files could well be corrupted and thus render a re-image useless,
However I am double checking with you guys.

Magdalene
Title: Re: Win 7 SystemImage ETL Files
Post by: Boggin on December 13, 2018, 08:45:42 AM
They are event logs - https://www.techwalla.com/articles/the-location-of-the-windows-backup-log
Title: Re: Win 7 SystemImage ETL Files
Post by: Magdalene on December 13, 2018, 09:12:46 AM
Hi Boggin,

My question was are these files used on a subsequent re-image? I'm assuming not as these files could well be corrupted and thus render a re-image useless,

Magdalene
Title: Re: Win 7 SystemImage ETL Files
Post by: Boggin on December 13, 2018, 09:32:49 AM
If you read the article I've linked, they record if any files or folders have been skipped during the back up.

They aren't your system images.
Title: Re: Win 7 SystemImage ETL Files
Post by: Magdalene on December 13, 2018, 09:54:57 AM
Got it. I did'nt scroll down past the video on the page and missed that bit of info.
So can get rid of these SystemImage ETL Files then.

Thanks for your help,
Magdalene
Title: Re: Win 7 SystemImage ETL Files
Post by: Boggin on December 13, 2018, 01:51:12 PM
ETL stands for Event Trace Log and it would seem that you can delete them from what I've found.

Personally I would just leave them although they can be quite large which is why they are stored in compressed binary format -  https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/drivers/devtest/trace-log

It's up to you I suppose but I haven't drilled down to find them.
Title: Re: Win 7 SystemImage ETL Files
Post by: Magdalene on December 14, 2018, 01:02:06 AM
Thanks for that Boggin.
Think will leave them be for now.

Magdalene
Title: Re: Win 7 SystemImage ETL Files
Post by: Boggin on December 14, 2018, 01:04:12 AM
Okay.