delete files in Preservation hold library

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Hi All,


To create some free space, i would like to delete files from preservation hold library for all my sites in sharepoint.


I believe all the files in Preservation hold library are user deleted that correct?

Can I delete all the files in Preservation hold Library without asking users or site owner ?


I already deleted GB's of data but cannot see any free space, I already waited for 48 hours.


Thanks in advance,



2 Replies

Hi @alexrabbi.

The Preservation Hold Library keeps a copy of all modified or deleted files as enforced by the Retention policy or eDiscovery holds.
You can delete files from the Preservation Hold Library but you must be a site owner or site administrator to be able to do that.
You can find useful suggestions to clean up the Preservation Hold Library at


Thank you Luigi