Deleting Files in File Storage Optimization


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Applies to: File system servers

At the data source level, you can delete groups of files or individual files.


  1. From the navigation pane, go to Activate.

    The Activate page appears.

  2. Under File Storage optimization, click File storage optimization.

    The File storage optimization page appears.

  3. On the Servers tab, in the Actions column, click the action button , and then click Quick view.

    The quick view dialog box appears.

  4. In the Data source column, click the data source.

    On the Discover tab, the data source dashboard page appears.

  5. Select the files that you want to delete:

    • To delete a group of files, use a dashboard to give you the best view of the files:

      1. From the dashboard list, select a dashboard.

        For example, to delete duplicate files, select the File duplicates dashboard.

      2. Use the dashboard tiles to filter the files.

        For example, to only delete larger files, in the file ownership Size tile, select the Above 5 GB check box.

    • To select from a list of individual files, on the Review tab, select the files that you want to delete.

      If the data source is a NetApp filer with monitoring enabled, file monitoring information is available in the right-hand pane.

  6. In the upper-right corner of the page, click Delete files.

    The Delete dialog box appears and lists the number of files that will be deleted.

  7. To permanently delete files from the backup media, move the Delete from backup toggle key to the right.

    Caution: Permanently deleted data cannot be restored.

  8. Click Submit.