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System protection (restore) questions

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#1 GoshenBleeping


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Posted 19 March 2013 - 07:02 PM

Platform: Windows 7 Home, SP 1
I have two drives: C & D. C is used for the OS plus those programs that can only be installed on C. D is for my data and those programs that can be installed on any drive. I have some questions about "System Protection" configuration in the System Properties dialog box.
(1) "Protection" is "on" for the C drive and "off" for the D drive. Should I turn protection on for D? What guidelines should I use to make this decision?
(2) Max usage for C's system protection is 10% (11.6 GB) Currently there are 2 restore points consuming 10.6 GB. This makes me think I should increase the max usage to allow more restore points. Any guidelines on how to make this decision?
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Posted 20 March 2013 - 07:06 AM

Personally, I don't use system restore. While it's great when it works, I've seen it fail when most needed too many times over the years. Instead I use (and recommend) backing up via disc imaging software on a regular basis.


However, to answer your question... whether or not you use system restore on both drives / partitions is entirely up to you. No guidelines. Here is all the info you need on system restore: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/system-restore-frequently-asked-questions.


Less space means fewer restore points (and vice versa). Again, a personal decision.

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