Apparent Bug in MVP add in tool Explorer++
So...some background to explain this "bug". I've been using True Image sone 2007, have something like 30+ registered copies. For reasons explained below, I've settled on V2017-8058. (have approx 7 lic for this version. I have multiple PCs, all on Win 10...some 32 bit, some 64 bit, some older still mbr, others uefi. Processor goi back as far as Intel 3570K up to Gen10. I only make IMAGE backups.
My backup strategy uses external USB drives (usb3) either 2,4,or 6TB. I rotate these and each drive contains backups from multiple PCs. I'm of the opinion to keep things simple and the "Acronis knows best" Windows based aplication and it's "database" of backup structures simply "gets in my way, making simple backs trouble-prone..IMHO.
Therefore, I was very happy to have the MVP 18.6, WINPE bootable usb solution. Others may not agree, but I USE THE BOOTABLE MVP USB (either the 32 bit or 64 bit variant based on the PC being backed up) for BOTH IMAGE BACKUPs and IMAGE RESTORES...Even though the True Image Win App is installed, I rarely use it, except for perhaps "mounting an image to recover a single files etc.).
Testing versions 2018-2021 (which I understand "might" more closely VERIFY a backup) the backup time, for the same system benchmarks at near 35-50 slower.
So, I've stayed with MVP based on 2017-8058. Now for the "bug"?
Explorer++ is a bundled addin to the MVP "recovery" environment. The issue..not easy to stumble upon...is that, running in the WINPE environment, if any file, (residing on the external USB drive (NTFS format) is "deleted" using Explorer++, the file IS "deleted", or better to say it's directory-entry IS (as viewed with WINPE (later if the USb drive is connected under the normal windows environment....THIS ISSUE RESULTS:
THE ACTUAL DISK SPACE ON THE EXTERNAL USB DRIVE IS *NOT* RELEASED, aka RETURNED to the free-space-pool under EITHER WINPE nor WINDOWS!
It;s also NOT possible to "fix" this under Windows..or I haven't been able. My only solution has been to COPY (uses Windows) the still visible files to another drive, the FORMAT the USB based HDD, and then copy them back. Then the correct free space is reported.