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Restore went bad, created garbage files

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I recently restored a partition containing much of my data.

In addition to restoring the files, Acronis also created a bunch of garbage files.

The files are named the same as the regular files, but adds at the end a tilde and random letters and numbers.

Example file name: Living With Less.pdf~FPRNSE0S

I can't perform another restore, because I created a new backup based on this restore. So the backup contains all of these garbage files too.

I want to search for these files and delete them. I tried searching on the tilde (~). But that tends to pull everything.

Does anyone have an idea how to locate and delete all of these garbage files without looking through each folder by hand?


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Greg, the only time that the so-called 'garbage' files are left behind is when a restore is not completed fully as these are temporary files used by ATI in the restore process.

To find and delete such files, you would need to try using a wildcard type search.

Eg.  dir *.???~* /s  which should list all files with any name using a .abc~defgh... extension in all folders below and including the current location.

The * maps to a mix of characters of varying length, then the ? maps to a single character to set the search pattern.

Once you can identify the temporary files, then you should be able to use a Windows delete command to remove them, including from sub-folders by using the /s switch.

Eg. del *.???~* /s

E:\Test>dir /?
Displays a list of files and subdirectories in a directory.

DIR [drive:][path][filename] [/A[[:]attributes]] [/B] [/C] [/D] [/L] [/N]
  [/O[[:]sortorder]] [/P] [/Q] [/R] [/S] [/T[[:]timefield]] [/W] [/X] [/4]

              Specifies drive, directory, and/or files to list.

  /A          Displays files with specified attributes.
  attributes   D  Directories                R  Read-only files
               H  Hidden files               A  Files ready for archiving
               S  System files               I  Not content indexed files
               L  Reparse Points             O  Offline files
               -  Prefix meaning not
  /B          Uses bare format (no heading information or summary).
  /C          Display the thousand separator in file sizes.  This is the
              default.  Use /-C to disable display of separator.
  /D          Same as wide but files are list sorted by column.
  /L          Uses lowercase.
  /N          New long list format where filenames are on the far right.
  /O          List by files in sorted order.
  sortorder    N  By name (alphabetic)       S  By size (smallest first)
               E  By extension (alphabetic)  D  By date/time (oldest first)
               G  Group directories first    -  Prefix to reverse order
  /P          Pauses after each screenful of information.
  /Q          Display the owner of the file.
  /R          Display alternate data streams of the file.
  /S          Displays files in specified directory and all subdirectories.
  /T          Controls which time field displayed or used for sorting
  timefield   C  Creation
              A  Last Access
              W  Last Written
  /W          Uses wide list format.
  /X          This displays the short names generated for non-8dot3 file
              names.  The format is that of /N with the short name inserted
              before the long name. If no short name is present, blanks are
              displayed in its place.
  /4          Displays four-digit years

Switches may be preset in the DIRCMD environment variable.  Override
preset switches by prefixing any switch with - (hyphen)--for example, /-W.

E:\Test>del /?
Deletes one or more files.

DEL [/P] [/F] [/S] [/Q] [/A[[:]attributes]] names
ERASE [/P] [/F] [/S] [/Q] [/A[[:]attributes]] names

  names         Specifies a list of one or more files or directories.
                Wildcards may be used to delete multiple files. If a
                directory is specified, all files within the directory
                will be deleted.

  /P            Prompts for confirmation before deleting each file.
  /F            Force deleting of read-only files.
  /S            Delete specified files from all subdirectories.
  /Q            Quiet mode, do not ask if ok to delete on global wildcard
  /A            Selects files to delete based on attributes
  attributes    R  Read-only files            S  System files
                H  Hidden files               A  Files ready for archiving
                I  Not content indexed Files  L  Reparse Points
                O  Offline files              -  Prefix meaning not

If Command Extensions are enabled DEL and ERASE change as follows:

The display semantics of the /S switch are reversed in that it shows
you only the files that are deleted, not the ones it could not find.
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I appreciate the suggestion, it's been over 20 years since I last used DOS commands.

Any Windows way to do this?


(You are right, I had either a failed or interrupted restore.)

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Okay, I'm reluctant to use the del command (because over 20 years, etc.).

But the search command gives me the folder where these things are located, so I can find them in Windows and then delete.

Thanks for the help!