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Windows 7: System Restore Fail on all available restore points

18 Feb 2012   #11
mcart117

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Many thanks for that richc46, I'll bear that in mind for the future. Unfortunately, by the time I posted, I'd tried six or seven restore points, and it runs like treacle and locks up, but it is not blue screening any more. I could try to make it blue screen, but right now I am attempting to recover some data and I don't want to interrupt it.

I only really posted because I was curious that six different restore points failed with sector damage in six different files. How could a computer, which was working OK before the crash, suddenly have sector damage in so many different places?


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18 Feb 2012   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I am sorry if my little joke did not fit into the landscape. But it is my experience since Vista that you cannot rely on restore points.

There are many events that can erase or damage the restore points. If it is bad sectors, you can at least try to fix it with a chkdsk /r. But software processes are hard to control and at the end you never know which process was the culprit.

I allocate about 3GB for shadow storage of each partition - more or less out of tradition. They can be very handy on data partitions because when I erroneously deleted a file, I can recover it quickly with Shadow Explorer. But I do not rely on it - especially for the system where I take images 3 times per week and my data I backup as needed - it does not change that much.

So bottom line: restore points are useful when they work, but don't rely on them. And you never know what caused the malfunction - at least I can never pinpoint the cause.
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