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Windows 7: System restore didn't work. I have all system restore points

16 Feb 2016   #1
cbool

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
System restore didn't work. I have all system restore points

Hi. I'm using 500GB hdd(source) and 500GB ssd(destination) and I've some questions:
1. I Did 1:1 copy of disc (in norton GHOST) and on destination disk system restore is telling that i don't have restore points. Why?
2. Then On source disc I was trying to unlock some disc space by entering System Volume Information folder and deleting some files. I deleted all files larger than 3GB except one latest and one oldest. Now is like on destionation disc - system restore is telling that i don't have restore points. Why?


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16 Feb 2016   #2
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 
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Hi Cbool,
Hope your settings look like this, and that in services volumn shadow copy in running.

Roy


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16 Feb 2016   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Restore points and the shadowstorage are not very forgiving. If you muck around with them, they usually disappear. Make images - there you have more options.
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17 Feb 2016   #4
maxseven

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cbool View Post
I was trying to unlock some disc space by entering System Volume Information folder and deleting some files. I deleted all files larger than 3GB except one latest and one oldest. Now is like on destionation disc - system restore is telling that i don't have restore points. Why?
Because you deleted files from the System Volume Information folder. Bad move. Those are not meant to be deleted by a user. If you want to eliminate your old Restore points, set the space allocation to zero (deleting all) and then re-set it to whatever you want.
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17 Feb 2016   #5
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

By default the system volume information folder is not accessible even to an elevated admin account. And for good reason. This folder contains information that is critical to the proper operation of System Restore and other functions. Any modification, even a small one, could corrupt the restore data and render it useless. That appears to be the present case.

Many of the details of how system restore works are undocumented but the process is far more complicated than might be apparent.

As you are aware it is possible for an admin level account to gain access to this folder but this requires forceful methods, that is changing permissions on system folders. In the real world when you force things there is a tendency for them to break. That occurs too with computer software. It is just the "break" can have many different meanings.

Modification of system volume information data is best left to those who REALLY understand what they are doing. There is a great deal to learn to reach that level.

At this point the system restore database should be considered as invalid. Best to eliminate all restore points to clear out the damaged data.
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17 Feb 2016   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Three tutorial by Brink that should be helpful showing how to remove restore points and shadow copies. They are a good read. In this case it's like closing the barn door after the horse got out.

System Restore

Shadow Copies - Delete

System Protection Restore Points - Delete
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