Need to free up space on server - Can I delete these old exchange files (*.edb)?

I need to get the disk size down to <120Gb to fit on our backup tapedrive.

I've identified old exchange files (*.edb) that could free up about ~20Gb.

They are the ones with "backup" in the filename in the attached image.

Q1) Is it safe to delete them?
Q2) why are the "new" files showing a last modified date of ~10 days ago, rather than today?

*We're running SBS2003 (so its the version of Exchange that comes with that - 6.5 I think)
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StuartTechnical Architect - CloudCommented:
These look like old backups of your mailbox database and public folder database. Presuming you have them backed up to tape OR don't need them at all then safe to delete :)
StuartTechnical Architect - CloudCommented:
For the data modified timestamp on the current databases this is normal :)
StuartTechnical Architect - CloudCommented:
The timestamp normally gets updated when the database is extended to accommodate data that does not fit into the white space that currently exists in the database or the database is dismounted and open handles to files are released


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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
The PROPER way to remove the log files is to BACKUP THE SERVER using an Exchange Aware backup software (which includes the built in Windows Backup).  A proper backup will automatically delete the log files.

As for additional disk space, I strongly suggest you read over my web page on disk space.
StuartTechnical Architect - CloudCommented:
The question was relating to old edb files not log files
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