I have successfully used the Create a Checkpoint, and Restore from a Previous Checkpoint functions when I was trying to clean up the crapola that was shipped with the machine that I didn't want.
I successfully followed the steps under System Maintenance to "Protect your files by backing them up" and it pre-selected the D:\ drive as the destination so I left it at that.
This morning, I decided "gee, I'm about to make changes so I can migrate my old Outlook files, so I probably should do another backup" - so I followed those steps again...only to learn that the D:/drive was full and the backup aborted.
I found a post here from Maverik in response to another user who noted that his "C was small but D was full" which seems like my situation. That reply said:
"This happens cause Vista is saving backup files in recovery partition D.
Go to start and open computer, click Alt key to get the menu on the top. Click on tools and go to folder options. Click on View tab and put a Check mark in Show hidden files. Close that and double click on D Recovery and open it. Usually Vista will save this backup files under the user name adding a -pc "MavericK-pc", or giving just a -pc name to the file, or a folder named Backup. This files are safe to delete, and will liberate the space in the recovery partition of your Compac to make it the size it's supposed to be for it to not give trouble any more.
Close this and click on Start, go to the control panel and on the left side you will see Classic View, click on it and open Backup and Restore Center. click on Backup Files and customize it according to your needs. It's set to backup files in D drive and can easily be changed to another location, like a CDROM or an external Hard drive.
Finally go to Start and click on Computer, click the Alt key to get the menu on the top and click on tools, go to Folders Options and go to the View tab, uncheck show hidden files and then click apply to close it
Prior to finding that post, I had used the options to CleanUp my D:\ space by deleting all but my last Restore Point, and by Compressing the files. Now - my concern is that if I go ahead and follow the steps outlined for the other user, I may be deleting the only thing that has go-back capability for me. On the other hand, I may be off-base - and the Backup and the Restore Point files are saved in different and separate places. Does that make sense? I guess I'm trying to figure out if the two options (or what look like to options to me) are really the same, or are completely seperate. If I delete the Backup folder as noted, will I still be able to restore back to a previous Restore Point if needed, or will I have toasted myself?
Also - just an FYI - I have a Seagate external hard drive that I plan to set up as the destination of a weekly automatic backup, but I'm still cleaning it up from a different XP machine so thought I was doing a good thing by using the default Vista Backup function in the meantime.
Sorry this sounds so confusing. I've revised the post several times, and I just don't know how to 'splain my question/concern any better. Is the "recovery partition" the destination for both "set a restore point" and "perform system backup" functions? Does the same data get backed up regardless of which you choose? Is the resulting data file(s) the same for both functions?
Thanks for your help!