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Windows 7: System Volume Information on an external hard drive

15 Aug 2014   #11

Desk 1: Win 7 Pro x32; Desk 2: Windows 10 x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pbcopter View Post
There is one aspect of System Protection that has not been mentioned and that is the storage of previous versions of files (Shadow Copies), including data files. If System protection is enabled, copies of previous versions files are maintained along with the restore points and can be retrieved by selecting file properties/previous version.
That's a very good point I overlooked as i don't use System Protection for that purpose.

I keep System Protection turned off on external drives as I prefer doing my own Disk and file/folder backups where needed. I'd rather use the extra space Sys Volume info takes up on my data or backup drives as my own backup space.

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15 Aug 2014   #12

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Senator View Post
That's a very interesting perspective, especially from a seasoned veteran such as yourself. Personally, restore points have helped me recover from several incidents, such as a new application install gone bad or from changing a system setting that I shouldn't have. So I'm in favor of Restore Points and in fact use the Task Scheduler to create a daily Restore Point for just that reason.
Hello Senator,
It really is a personal choice on how reliant you want to be on restore points. Some (many?) feel restore points are useful like yourself and that's why I guess they were designed into the OS.
Restore points may not always give you a clean recovery as I have found out so I lost confidence in them. Regular system images will always get you out of trouble except perhaps for a motherboard failure.
There used to be some claimed advantage in not using restore points with SSDs (space saving and limiting number of writes) but this may be debatable now.

So: You don't need to use restore points if you don't want to and I firmly believe system images are a more robust recovery mechanism.
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15 Aug 2014   #13

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

The System Protection provided by the system really isn't much of a backup. The file copies remain on the same drive so if it fails you will lose everything. User configured backups to an external drive provide many more options with greater security.

But System protection has one big advantage - it works right out of the box with no extra hardware and no configuration required. And for many people it is the only backup they will ever have.
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15 Aug 2014   #14
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

Why not use both.
Restore points and a backup. They were never designed to replace each other.
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