.RIM files

February 20, 2010 at 16:35:56
Specs: Windows XP
Two years ago, I purchased an external hard drive that came with backup software - Redemption. That program has created (and left behind on my internal hard drive) over 90 GB of RIM files - most about 614 MB each. Running out of space. Do I need to keep some or any of these files on my C drive? I'm using Windows XP Home Edition

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February 20, 2010 at 19:30:19
Do you still have the backup progrm installed?
If not, can you re-install it ?
You should be able to delete the backups in the program itself, no problem.
Uninstalling the program in Add/Remove Programs may not auto delete the backups.

When was the last time you used it ?

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February 20, 2010 at 22:48:55
Thanks for the reply. The last time I used it was Jan 8, 2010. At that time there were 50 .RIM files created under a directory C;\Redemption\....., for a total of 27 GB. The previous time was July 10, 2009, when 20 .RIM files were created for a total of 9.8 GB. RIM files from all prior backups are still there in that directory. The backed-up files are on the external drive, as expected - in their "native" form (e.g. DOC, XLS, PPT etc). I just don't know what the RIM files on the C drive do, if anything. I'm sure I can get rid of them -- just didn't know if it was wise to do so.

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February 21, 2010 at 00:13:33
Since they are all about 620mb it sounds like they have been created specifically to fit onto CD media. Perhaps something in the program instruction manual will tell you for sure.
Since this is a backup/restoration prog that seems the logical thing. Burn the .rim files to CD and if you ever need to restore point the restoration prog at the CD drive and load the disks in order. I see no reason to leave them clogging up your C drive.

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February 21, 2010 at 10:45:31
I believe Richard59 is on the right track.

There may be info in the Help for the program, and/or further Help info on the program maker's web site. E.g. You may be able to move the .rim files to the external drive, rather than having them take up so much space on C, rather than deleting them, and/or you may be able to specify in the program's settings that the future .rim files should be saved on the external drive.

I asked you when was the last time you used it because if you hadn't used it fairly recenly, older backups can be relatively useless, or certainly less usable, as far as restoring more recently added data contents are concerned.

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March 15, 2010 at 19:30:04
I also have a Toshiba external hard-drive back-up. I'm trying to open jpeg image files and they are all now .RIM files that I can't open. What good does it do to have back-up files if you can't open them? Anybody know how to open .RIM files?

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March 15, 2010 at 20:49:26
see the following forum:


They are from a back up program that no longer exists. Response number 5 shows a new program that apparently open/restore them if you need to. Though I would recommend the following:

Since your computer system works, delete all but the latest dated one(s) and burn them, if you want security, to CDr or DVDr (as above), then delete them completely. After that you can use some of the recovered space to create a new back up plan (either manually, or with a program that you can trust). Once you have a new back up in place, you will not actually need the old one(s) anyway. I do not recommend keeping too many copies of back ups, but I do recommend keeping them on a different drive than the originals are on. Some prefer backups only to removable medium to protect them from infections, the most secure would be daily backups to a separate hard drive (internal or external) and weekly copies made of it to CDr's (or DVDr's) for absolute replacability.

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