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Windows 7: SSD, System restore and Backup questions

13 Dec 2015   #1
arleetel

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
SSD, System restore and Backup questions

Hello,
I did a system restore and the health of my SSD drive dropped to 98 %, performance is still 100 %.
According to HD sentinel there is no action needed.
Did have a search about that and it seems that system restore is the reason.

I have Easeus to do home installed, if I make an image of my system would it be enough to reset the whole thing on a new SSD if it happens to die, although all my software is installed on an internal HD, except for the Antivirus.

Now I suppose system restore in the case of an SSD is a bad thing to do, but if I have to restore through Easeus, will it degrade further ?

If it is, making all sorts of system backups does not make sense, not even a system repair disc.

Did a search and some people say that itís OK to do system restore on an SSD, others advise against it, this is all very confusing.

Maybe next time a normal HD !

I would appreciate any comment about that subject and I thank you in advance.


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15 Dec 2015   #2
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

That makes no sense at all. System restore could not possibly do any kind of damage to the physical device, all it does is overwriting some configurations, the registry and some files with a backup copy, operations that are harmless to any HD. Do you have any reason to believe that's the root cause?

What you're seeing is a direct consequence of normal usage of pretty much any thing in life: things wear out after normal use for a period of time. It's very difficult to attribute those degradations to any concrete action you could perform on the thing, but the repeated use will over time degrade it, and is expectable to be so.

I would also question how reliable is that "98%" (or the 100% before it). Do you know exactly how the program reached to those numbers? How accurate are they really?
Ultimately, until the disk begins experiencing troubles (like bad sectors or some noticeable speed degradation), there is no reason to worry about. A backup is always a good thing to have handy, just in case, but I don't see any reason to be paranoid about it.
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15 Dec 2015   #3
arleetel

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Hello,
Thanks for your reaction.
The reason I think/thought the SSD health degraded because of system restore is that after restarting it showed that way on HD sentinel.
After a google search I found out (maybe wrongly) that a system restore does that and should not be done
on an SSD.

This happened after a year and a half, a bit quick if you ask me.

I made an image of my system if the disk continues to degrade I will have to buy a new SSD and hope everything can be reset with not too much trouble.

Somebody told me this morning to update the firmware but that's a bit risky and God knows what will happen after that.

Yes, you're right I'm paranoid when there are computer problems.


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15 Dec 2015   #4
maxseven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 

Dunno Hard Disk Sentinel but arleetel it also says your SSD is PERFECT so why fight that? IMO there is no need (whatsoever) to be concerned. HDS must have decided that the additional writes to the SSD from Restore aged it by 2%. I would only say that while yes a System Restore writes "everything" from the backup image to your SSD, you (hopefully) did it because you had to and you will do this very seldom in the future.

If Samsung says you need a firmware update then you should seriously consider doing it.
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15 Dec 2015   #5
arleetel

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

@maxseven : Yep I had to do a system restore and I certainly will not do it again, I did not know this was affecting my SSD, next computer will be a normal HD that's for sure.

It was not Samsung that suggested to do a firmware update, just a friend.
I had a look and this seems quite complicated, not just an update click and install.

I'll try not to worry.

Thanks for your reaction.
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16 Dec 2015   #6
maxseven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 

Don't worry! My first SSD was an Intel and I worried and made system tweaks to minimize writes to it and five years of every day use later it's still as good as new. A recent study showed You (meaning a normal person in a normal usage environment) can't "wear-out" an SSD.

Don't go back to Hard Disk Drives! Not unless you need Terabytes of storage!
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16 Dec 2015   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

There was one study that claimed that SSDs last longer than HDDs. Unfortunately I lost the link.
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16 Dec 2015   #8
arleetel

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

@maxseven : I use the computer normally but for 6 to 8 hours/day
and for the storage there is the internal HD where all my programs are installed.

@whs : I hope you're right.
This is the first time I use an SSD though.
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16 Dec 2015   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Don't worry. I have nearly a dozen SSDs - some are very old. None has failed yet.
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16 Dec 2015   #10
maxseven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by arleetel View Post
@maxseven : I use the computer normally but for 6 to 8 hours/day
and for the storage there is the internal HD where all my programs are installed.

@whs : I hope you're right.
This is the first time I use an SSD though.
You've confused me with this, and I can't tell from Post 1: your Programs are on an HDD? If yes, what is the SSD for? IMO your C: (startup) drive should be the SSD and it should have Windows and all the executable programs running off'n it. Your "spinner(s)" should be used for data and for keeping copies of your Image backup files, because yes if the SSD *were* to fail my experience has been anyway that it disappears in a flash unlike spinners which tend to degrade over time (and you can nurse them along).

In any case you are doing well to make image backups of your SSD, and while you Should be concerned if you have some sorts of problems that require you to Restore more than a couple times a year, you should Not be concerned about wear/tear on your SSD from the restore operations.
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