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Emptying System Restore Folder Question?.


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#1 bluesjunior

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 06:21 AM

A long time ago now I found an article here on these forums in regard to emptying ones System Restore Folder in order to speed up the PC. This had to do with turning off System Restore emptying the folder and then rebooting the PC turning on System Restore again and then making a new restore point from that time.

It was a long time ago but does anyone understand what I mean and can explain in a step by step guide on how to do this?. Thanks in advance for any help offered.
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Posted 22 October 2008 - 06:48 AM

Simple Safe way to do it.

Go into System Restore. If you have any other Partitions or Slave Drives indicated? On all but C: Drive, assuming that is your Boot Drive, click on each one an turn the slider back to Zero, when asked, if you want to shut down System Restore on this Drive? click OK!

On C: Drive or the Main Boot Drive, just move the Slider back to 3%. Default is 12%.

It will sort it self out quite nicely after that!

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 06:56 AM

Hi bluesjunior.
It's not the files in system restore that slows it down as much as the system restore function itself.
If you just disable it to clear it out, then re-enable it, you're back to square one once the folder becomes full again and has to start swapping to make room.
Right click "My Computer". Select Properties>System Restore Tab>Turn Off System Restore, then reboot. The system restore folder will be cleared. If you re-enable it again, on the next reboot, it will automatically start creating restore points. No need to create one manually, unless you want to that is. :thumbsup: You will also see a slider for size adjustment.
I dislike the function myself and have it permanently disabled. I keep full system backups, as well as incrimentals, using third party software on various external drives which affords the luxury of deciding when and what I want to backup. I usually do it 3 times a week, just before shutdown. If your main drive fails, (and there's no getting around that) system restore is useless anyway. It will also restore viruses,malware etc. It's basicly too dumb for it's own good.

Edited by HitSquad, 22 October 2008 - 07:04 AM.


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Posted 22 October 2008 - 08:02 AM

Thanks guys I emptied it by turning it of, rebooted PC set it to 3% ticked the box to start it again and pressed apply and ok. Hopefully this will help.

The reason I asked this question was, while I was watching the screen when I ran a scan with Malwarebytes it seemed like it took forever to scan the System Restore folder.
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Posted 22 October 2008 - 08:06 AM

Happy Computing, Mate!

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