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System restore disk space usage and using on a 2nd hard drive?


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#1 Star_Slight

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Posted 14 February 2015 - 05:28 PM

Hey there, so I've just been looking at my old desktop PC and i was looking into the system restore settings and seen that 12% of disc space is reserved for restore points. i've changed this 10% now as the PC barely gets any use anyway, will that be ok? (Equates to about 10GB)

 

I also noticed that my 2nd hard drive was enabled for system restore... However, this drive only has media on it, no programs, no operating system nothing, just music files.  Now my question is, can i use this drive for system restore points even though the OS is not installed on it? The Reason I ask is because i have a lot more free space on this drive...  If not, should I just go ahead and disable monitoring on that drive?

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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Posted 14 February 2015 - 06:25 PM

First of all yes, 10% is fine. Second, system restore keeps it's files in a hidden folder named "System Volume Information", and there is one of those folders on each drive on which System Restore is enabled. Last, the system restore points for any given drive MUST be stored on that drive.

 

Personally, I'd suggest disabling system restore completely and using disc imaging software instead.



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Posted 15 February 2015 - 04:59 PM

Thanks for the advice, so are you saying system restore points will be generated on the 2nd additional drive even though i have no operating system or programs on it? 

 

This hard drive was added as an upgrade.


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Posted 15 February 2015 - 05:41 PM

How System Restore Works: https://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/app_system_restore_hss_understand.mspx?mfr=true

 

Configuring System Restore: https://www.winhelp.us/configure-system-restore-in-windows.html



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Posted 02 March 2015 - 09:40 AM

Thanks, i've enabled it on both drives. 10% on primary, 4% on secondary.

 

It seems pretty pointless having it enabled on the 2nd drive as it is only used for media storage, but I figured using 4% ( approx 5GB) won't do any harm.


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Posted 02 March 2015 - 10:39 AM

If you want to make sure your media files are backed up you want to use something other than system restore. You can use "backup & recovery" software or, my preference, disc imaging software (on a regular basis)



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Posted 02 March 2015 - 10:57 AM

Yeah that's true. Thanks


Edited by Star_Slight, 02 March 2015 - 10:59 AM.





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