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Client Computer BackupsClient Computer Backups 2Hi,
 I have Windows Server 2012 Essentials and found this unfamiliar folder C:\ServerFolders\Client Computer Backups folder occupying over 700GB of space.
 It consists of files from yesterday to April 2017 as you can see in two screenshots.
 What are these files? Who is creating these files? Can I remove them?

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Before posting my question, I read that article and checked dashboard, but no backup was set up for any client computer. The only computer that had scheduled backup  was the W2012 Essentials server itself and I installed the server backup role and created a backup schedule from Windows Server backup program, not from Dashboard.

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Optimize Start Menu in Task SchedulerI am wondering if these files are being generated by "Optimize Start Menu Cache Files ... " in Task Scheduler.
Certainly files names in "Client Computer Backups" seem to match the beginning part of files in C:\ServerFolders\Client Computer Backups" folder.
Are they related?
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I found this post regarding the same issue on EE. The solution by DrDave242 was like below:
"I don't have an Essentials server in front of me, but I believe I recall that client computer backups are stored in a Server Folder (pretty much just another name for a shared folder, but Essentials calls them Server Folders). These folders can be managed from the Server Folders tab in the Dashboard, and there's a wizard for moving them.

In your case, select the Client Computer Backups folder from the Server Folders tab, then click Move the Folder to kick off that wizard. Follow the prompts, and it's done."

I am going to add an external USB drive to the server and try to move the folder.
I will report back.

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Moving Client Computer Backups FolderIt is moving Client Computer Backups folder from C drive to E drive (external USB hard drive).
Again this is how:
1. Open Windows Server Essentials Dashboard.
2. Click STORAGE from the top menu.
3. Select "Client Computer Backups" under "Server Folders".
4. On the right window pane, click "Move the folder".
5. When you see "E:\ServerFolders\Client Computer Backups" as new location and click [Move Folder] button.
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You stated you wanted to know what they were. I answered that question. You did not mention that you wanted to move them elsewhere. Perhaps in the future you could phrase your question appropriately.

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You are right.
I marked it accordingly.

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