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Windows 7: Disk Cleanup and older Restore Points

04 May 2014   #1
Highcountryride

Window 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Disk Cleanup and older Restore Points

System is Win 7 HP SP1 running on a SSD. I wanted to recover some disk space on the SSD so I ran Disk Cleanup in order to delete all but the latest Restore Point. The Restore Point dialogue showed that I was using about 5.6 GB for Restore Points.
Figure 1
Disk Cleanup and older Restore Points-sys-restore3.jpg

I ran Disk Cleanup and selected Clean up system files. I then selected the More option and selected Clean up in the System Restore and Shadow Copies box to delete all restore points except the latest one and OK'd the prompts. Found out that I had to reboot for cleanup to finish.
Figure 2
Disk Cleanup and older Restore Points-disk-cleanup.jpg

After I restarted I checked Restore Points and found that all but the last one had been deleted (figure 3) but when I selected Show more restore points I saw that a lot of much older restore points were still listed (figure 4).
Figure 3
Disk Cleanup and older Restore Points-sys-restore1.jpg
Figure 4
Disk Cleanup and older Restore Points-sys-restore2.jpg

Checking the used space of my SSD I found that I had recovered about 5 GB total but the Disk Space Usage still showed 5.63 GB (see figure 1).

Anyone have information on why it appears that I gained back over 5 GB of disk space on the SSD but System Restore is still showing the much older restore points?

Some additional information: After initially setting up this system I created a second user (myself) and put it on a secondary HDD. The intent was to reduce the amount of normal writes to the SSD that occur for user accounts to AppData and any other writes to that user account. Having, as usual, over-thought the necessity to reduce writes to the SSD (first time experience with using a SSD), I stopped using the second user account and reverted to my initial first account. That second account had System Protection disabled for it so I don't think that these older restore points could be related to that and also I didn't set up the second user until after the dates shown in Figure 4.

Hope my descriptions are clear and would appreciate any responses.




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04 May 2014   #2
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Let's try a quick fix. If it doesn't work then we can dig into the diagnostics.

Turn system protection off. Turn system protection on. Make one restore point. See what is shown for disk usage etc..
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04 May 2014   #3
Highcountryride

Window 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Yeah, I was thinking of doing that but the only problem is that the only restore point that I would want to save is the latest one which was prior to the 5/1/14 MS update for IE (figure 3). I don't use IE as a rule but thought I would let that one settle in before I tried anything.

Kind of between the proverbial rock and hard spot here. Would like to do as you suggest but that would eliminate the only restore point I want to keep for a bit which was created before the latest MS update was installed.
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04 May 2014   #4
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

You have system protection On for E: and if I'm correct that Windows is on C: then you should be able to delete all the restore points except for the Update RP that you want to keep. Instead of Windows Disk Cleanup use CCleaner. It give you more control.

In the Tools menu click System Restore. You can then select which RPs to delete.
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04 May 2014   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Check whether those restore points (shadows) are real. Run this command in elevated command prompt:

vssadmin list shadows

Then if you want to redice your shadowstorage to e.g. 3% of the partition size, run this command - chnage the percentage if you want more or less.

vssadmin resize shadowstorage /For=C: /On=C: /MaxSize=3%
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04 May 2014   #6
Highcountryride

Window 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
You have system protection On for E: and if I'm correct that Windows is on C: then you should be able to delete all the restore points except for the Update RP that you want to keep. Instead of Windows Disk Cleanup use CCleaner. It give you more control.

In the Tools menu click System Restore. You can then select which RPs to delete.
Yes, I didn't realize that when I was grabbing the screenshot. Actual size for the C drive was about 1.8 GB. I have CCleaner and will that check feature out.

I think if all seems OK with the 5/15/14 MS update in a few days, I will turn off system protection and then do as you suggested with turning off System Protection and see where I end up. It was my error during setup to select all the partitions on my secondary HDD (E, F, G and H) and include them in System Protection. I have looked at each partitions's properties and under Previous Versions see that there are a lot of Backups for each one. If I turn of System Protection will those "shadow copies" be deleted or do I have to do that manually?

Appreciate the help.
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04 May 2014   #7
Highcountryride

Window 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Check whether those restore points (shadows) are real. Run this command in elevated command prompt:

vssadmin list shadows

Then if you want to redice your shadowstorage to e.g. 3% of the partition size, run this command - chnage the percentage if you want more or less.

vssadmin resize shadowstorage /For=C: /On=C: /MaxSize=3%
Thanks for the reply. I opened Command Prompt with Run as Administrator. It opened with the directory listed as c:\Windows\system32>. I ran your command. It returned about 25 entries for shadow copies for the E, F, G and H partitions so I assume they are real.

Will turning off System Protection delete these shadow copies or do I have do that manually? I did check the properties of each partition and under the Previous Versions tabs I saw backups with dates going way back. These were able to be opened and showed files and data as per my folder structure for each partition. Looks like I could recover older versions of files through this. Actually, I'm not really interested in doing that as I do weekly Acronis system images which I keep on a 2 TB external HDD and can recover files from there if necessary.

Really just looking to clean things up, get rid of restore points and also reduce writes to the system SSD.
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04 May 2014   #8
Highcountryride

Window 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
You have system protection On for E: and if I'm correct that Windows is on C: then you should be able to delete all the restore points except for the Update RP that you want to keep. Instead of Windows Disk Cleanup use CCleaner. It give you more control.

In the Tools menu click System Restore. You can then select which RPs to delete.
OK, this is interesting. Using CCleaner and checking Tools>System Restore it shows only the latest update which is the setting I did when I used Disk Cleanup. No sign of the other RPs as listed in figure 4 of my OP.

CCleaner grab:
Disk Cleanup and older Restore Points-ccleaner_sysem-restore.jpg


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05 May 2014   #9
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Is E: an SSD? If so it may have something to do with deletion/reconditioning to avoid slow writes. When you delete stuff the driver gets around to scrubbing it when it has time. Until then it shows the space as used. Maybe not. I'm just guessing.

Edit: When you have system protection set to save versions of files it's not unusual for one RP to be several GB.
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05 May 2014   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The E, F, G and H restore points may be useful if those are data partitions. But if they are not data partitions, I would just shut off system protection.

For data partitions I always keep a few restore points because thru those I can recover files that were accidently deleted. Here is how:

ShadowExplorer - Recover Lost Files and Folders
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