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Windows 7: System Restore Drives

04 Apr 2014   #1
gary777

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System Restore Drives

I restored my dell insprion laptop earlier and in the process it asks what drive to restore. I was surprised to see Recovery & C: were both check off by default. My question is, what scenario would anyone want to go back to an earlier time in their Recovery partition. I guess there may be a rare occasion when this is needed but to have it checked off by default has me wondering...


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04 Apr 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Are you referring to Windows Backup or to the separate System Restore function built into Windows?
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05 Apr 2014   #3
gary777

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Going back to a System restore point.
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05 Apr 2014   #4
whs
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You go back to a restore point whenever your system got mucked up. But be aware that restore points have the habit of vanishing for all kinds of reasons. It is safer to make your own images.

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05 Apr 2014   #5
gary777

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Agreed. I use Paragon to BU my computer. I was curious though why a restore point would include the recovery partition. Maybe it's only Dell that does this.
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05 Apr 2014   #6
whs
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With Dell. you have the bootngr in the recovery partition. Maybe that's why.

Check in Disk Management whether your recovery partition is the 'active' partition.
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05 Apr 2014   #7
gary777

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Yep, sure is.
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05 Apr 2014   #8
whs
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If you do not constantly have that partition in the restore points, you an deselect it.
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05 Apr 2014   #9
gary777

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That's what I did the few times I used it.

Thanks
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