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System Restore Points -- how to find disk space they use?

Q: System Restore Points -- how to find disk space they use?

I'm using Vista Home Premium, and I'm wondering if there is any easy way of finding how much disk space the System Restore Points take up? And I would like to determine that without having to turn off System Restore and doing a comparison of HDD usage. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

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A: System Restore Points -- how to find disk space they use?

Open an elevated comand prompt. (Start, All Programs, Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator)

Type:vssadmin List ShadowStorage
Press Enter.
moper

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I have 8gb of space allocated to System Restore, all monitoring my C partition only. This space is always at least 85-90% used according to the System Protection screen. In the past I have had at least 15 restore points to choose from after ticking "show more restore points." But today I went to do a restore and there were only 7 points, despite almost the full 8gb allocation being shown as nearly full, as usual.

This is happening despite relative consistency in the size of my C partition at about 60gb. As always, I have the "restore system settings and previous versions of files" option chosen. And I've checked to ensure none of the drive's other partitions were inadvertently added to monitoring.

I've had Windows 7 for about three months, and saw a similar situation about two months ago. At that point I turned off System Restore and turned it back on, and things returned to normal. But now it's happening again, and this time I don't want to lose the Restore Points I currently have. Besides, the fact that this is happening makes me both curious and uncomfortable.

I've been creating 60% of my restore points manually. Is it possible those, for some reason, use a lot more space than automatically-generated points?

Would appreciate any ideas on what could be going on, and how to address it.

A:Allocated System Restore space holds far fewer restore points now

I suspect that one of your more recent restore points is taking more than the usual amount of space. This can vary widely. This could be due to a newly installed application or some kind of update.

On the few occasions I have used system restore it has always been the most recent restore point. The further back you go the more likely it is that the restore will fail or cause more problems than it solves.

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hello, ive set up 4gb for system restore service, so anythime shadow copy and system restore makes files and restore points this reserved space is filled up, but when all 4gb are reached up all the restores point and files are deleted.

so i can see in system protection tab the system restore used space, i can see it growing up, when its 3,8gb at the end of the day i check for system restore points and i see that no restore points are available, so i check in system protection tab the system restore used space and i can see that its alla erased to 0. after all is erased anything restart so i can see large amount of data any day stored, like 500mb every day or more

why everything is deleted? is this normal? anybody get this problem too? please help i got this problem from the time ive installed win7, ive the 7600 version and anything works great but system restore. i say in this last months that most of day i was without any system restore point, after this ive gatered more information and what i wrote here is what exactly is happening.

i saw the dual boot problem but of curse this is not my problem, in addiction to this ive checked the service is enabled and its working, it creates point when no other point are availalble at system startup or at computer idle or when software is installed, in addiction to this i think a lot of data is stored for shadow copy BUT everything is erased anything all system restore space is filled up

looking 4 help!

A:as system restore fillup all space all points r deleted

nobody can help please?
thank you

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Hi People,

I have system restore enabled for C: but not for the D: (which in my case is a recovery, as it came from the factory). I have not enabled that to be part of the system restore point creation. BUT STILL, every time there is a system restore point (either scheduled or manual) being made for C:, it also seems to create a restore point for D:. How is this possible?? Is there somewhere I could select the disks specifically other than the control panel>system>system protection?? Because here, only C: is checked.. but still restore points are being created for D:. Of course, when I uncheck the box next to D: and apply, it removes the restore point and it even asks me if I want to turn off restore point creation for that disk. I say yes, but then it comes back out of nowhere.



Thanks for any inputs/solutions. Cheers.

A:System Restore Erratic - Restore Points On Disk "not" Selected

*bump*

Anyone people??

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I noticed my hard drive free space dropped, and I couldn't account for the space lost. I presumed at least some of it had to do with today's Windows Updates and the system restore point they triggered.

I used CCleaner to go and delete a couple older restore points, but I don't think I got back any space, at max a gigabyte if anything. I was wondering if anyone has an idea what is going on?

I've got three restore points, and Windows says they are using up ~80 GB and are allowed ~140 GB.

A:Deleted a couple system restore points but didn't get back an HDD space

You can limit the size that System Restore uses. Limit System Restore Hard Drive Space
If you think there is space being used by something other then the hidden System Volume Information (system restore) Use Space Sniffer to find out what is being used.

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Hi there,

My Windows 7 Home (64bit), Dell 1721 Inspiron has just crashed. I cannot enter Windows in Safe Mode.

I can however access the System Recovery page but it says that it cannot find any restore points. The message is:

"To use System Restore, you must specify which Windows installation to restore.
Restart this computer, select an operating system, and then select System Restore".
The issue is actually as described here:
SATA Drivers - Load in Windows Recovery Options, i.e. no Operating Systems are being shown.

I know the machine creates regular Restore Points; I had even checked this in Task Scheduler in the past and all was working fine.

In order to show the Operating Systems it is requesting that the hard disk drivers are installed.

I've downloaded the AMD SATA drivers from here: DriverPack Mass Storage 10.03 for Windows Vista (x64) | DriverPacks.net

and when I click "Load Drivers" then it says "Adding Drivers..." and then it goes back to the same screen, i.e. the first screen here: SATA Drivers - Load in Windows Recovery Options

So to summarise, I know there are restore points, but I cannot access them.

I'm really stuck so any ideas are appreciated.

Thanks

A:Please Help - System Restore cannot find any Restore Points?

  
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Hi there,

My Windows 7 Home (64bit), Dell 1721 Inspiron has just crashed. I cannot enter Windows in Safe Mode.

I can however access the System Recovery page but it says that it cannot find any restore points. The message is:

"To use System Restore, you must specify which Windows installation to restore.
Restart this computer, select an operating system, and then select System Restore".
The issue is actually as described here:
SATA Drivers - Load in Windows Recovery Options, i.e. no Operating Systems are being shown.

I know the machine creates regular Restore Points; I had even checked this in Task Scheduler in the past and all was working fine.

In order to show the Operating Systems it is requesting that the hard disk drivers are installed.

I've downloaded the AMD SATA drivers from here: DriverPack Mass Storage 10.03 for Windows Vista (x64) | DriverPacks.net

and when I click "Load Drivers" then it says "Adding Drivers..." and then it goes back to the same screen, i.e. the first screen here: SATA Drivers - Load in Windows Recovery Options

So to summarise, I know there are restore points, but I cannot access them.

I'm really stuck so any ideas are appreciated.

Thanks



If I am not mistaken the message is not saying there are no restore points, it is saying you must select which windows OS you want to restore. DId it come with another OS on it (ie vista) ... Read more

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Hi,

Thank you for WindowsSeven forums. I have just registered but during the last 6 months or so I have used the resources provided here - particularly the tutorials - to set up my Wndows Home Premium x64 system.

Looking at one of the tutorials: System Protection Restore Points - Delete
I have a couple of questions I hope someone can help me with.

Options 3 and 4 of the tutorial cover deleting system restore points selectively with CCleaner or System Restore Explorer.

My questions about doing such selective deletions of restore points with these utilities are:
1. Does it actually save any disk space; or is it simply cleaning up a list so that after the deletion of unneeded ones only the restore points considered useful are presented in the list - whereas system restore disk usage is left unaffected.
2. Is there any risk in deleting restore points at various arbitrary points; are they interdependent? Will deleting some cause a risk of others not working?

Essentially, if it is possible, I would like to keep restore points done at the begiining (after drivers, windows updates and installation of programs etc.) and delete the remaining ones except the most recent one - but I only want to do this to save significant disk space by the selective deletion.

Thank you.

A:Deleting System Restore Points Selectively - disk usage

Deleting the points does recover disk space. You can see it with
WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics

You can use this shortcut to make restore points with your comment

System Restore Point Shortcut

Makes it easier to know what happened. For instance before installing a program I may use it and comment "before installing zappos untried newsreader" or whatever.

I would not only rely on restore points. I've heard a thorough disk defrag can mess them up. It's good to also image your system to an external drive. You can find free imaging programs.
There's a list here:

Free Hard Disk Backup and Restore, Hard Disk Image and Cloning Utilities (thefreecountry.com)

But you may find some additional if you search the Software sub-forum on thiis forum.

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Long post alert. This started with one issue and has snowballed into several. The performance of my system (Dell Latitude E6410, Windows 7 Professional) has gotten bad in the last few weeks. I'll be using a browser and maybe one other application, or have a folder open, and everything locks up. I can't move the mouse or open Task Manager and Ctrl+Alt+Delete does nothing. I have waited up to 5-10 minutes and eventually just do a hard reset.

After doing a second hard reset today, I received this message:
Checking file system on C:
The type of the file system is NTFS.
One of your disks needs to be checked for consistency. You may cancel the disk check, but it is strongly recommended that you continue.
Windows will now check the disk.

I let it run the check and it restarted normally, so I don't think it found any issues. It did recover a few orphaned files. After that finished, I had the same issue again, so I did another hard reset and started googling. One of the troubleshooting suggestions was to start with the disk defragmenter. When I try to open that, it says "Disk Defragmenter was scheduled using another program. Disk Defragmenter is currently using customized settings created by another program. Before you can modify the schedule, you must remove the customized settings." When I click Remove settings, that box closes, but nothing else happens. I try to run it again, same message.

So I google that problem. Another troubleshooting guide starts ... Read more

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Running Windows 7 Home Premium on a laptop with 390 GB unused HD space.

I want to restore to an earlier date, but I get a message: "There is not enough free space to restore the disk" even if I try to restore it to two days ago.

What can I do?
cb

A:There is not enough free space to restore the disk - System Restore

Hi, abredt.
Could you kindly attach a screenshot of Disk Management displaying all drives and partitions?
Thanks

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I am trying to restore my computer because it launches into system recovery. After I get to the recovery options I tried to do system restore but it tells me there isn't enough space on the disk.

Thanks

A:Can't do system restore , not enough free space to restore the disk

Also I have been trying to fix this for 1 month

Anyone who can help will receive rep

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I use System Restore often when downloading new programs, after running security scans, etc. and set a good point to go back to. I have also turned System Restore off and back on again to remove old points that may have had a problem in them and also to save space on System Restore.

Recently went to do a System Restore and received a screen after clicking "next" to restore it to a specific point, that I've never seen before and have been using this computer for 3 years (Vista Home Basic 32 Bit).

Question 1:
My computer is 1 TB - how can I not have enough free space to restore the disk? Is this telling me that if I have a problem with my computer that I will not be able to Recover my system? How/Why did this change and what do I need to do?

Question 2:
Local Disk C: (System) says "Ready to restore" ... but it grayed out. I don't recall it being grayed out in the past, but perhaps I just didn't notice because I've never had the big CAUTION "!" show up before. Am I able to go ahead with a System Restore even though it is grayed out?

Thanks for any help/advice.

A:System Restore indicates: Not enough free space to restore the Disk?

Hello Windey,

That error means that the "RECOVERY" partition doesn't have enough free space left on it to use as working space to do the system restore on.

You should turn off system protection for the "RECOVERY" partition since it saves the shadow copy of that partition on that partition. This will delete all restore points on the "RECOVERY" partition.

You should never save anything to the "RECOVERY" partition since this is your Vista factory recovery partition. If anything should happen to the "RECOVERY" partition, you would no longer have any way to reinstall Vista unless you created a set of factory recovery discs as a backup.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I installed some MS Office Updates, which ate up .6 GB of hard drive. I regretted doing so and wanted to back out the changes & recover the space, so I ran System Restore and then disk cleanup. But then I was out another .3 GB! How do I recover?

Also, System Restore renamed several small files and added "(2") before the suffix of the cloned file (i.e. wmasf.dll was copied and renamed wmasf(2).dll.) Can I delete these "(2)" files? How can I find other obsolete files I don't need, and remove them?

Thanks

A:System Restore Ate Up Disk Space

I installed some MS Office Updates, which ate up .6 GB of hard drive. I regretted doing so and wanted to back out the changes & recover the space, so I ran System Restore and then disk cleanup. But then I was out another .3 GB! How do I recover?Also, System Restore renamed several small files and added "(2") before the suffix of the cloned file (i.e. wmasf.dll was copied and renamed wmasf(2).dll.) Can I delete these "(2)" files? How can I find other obsolete files I don't need, and remove them?ThanksI don't think System restore remames files or adds any but if you want to get more disk space you can do the following.Go to Disk cleanup and click more options and under system restore select the option " You can free up more disk space by removing all but the most recent restore points."

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Hi
I hope you fine
my problem i think its simple
I want to restore my system before a week but my windows 7 restoring points just before 2 days
when i searched through internet i found that i must increase the disk space of restoring but when i did just like
How much disk space does System Restore require?
but after i press apply the following messages :



then


thanks in advance

A:Disk space for system restore :(

Hello Dentelle, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Just to clarify, the restore points would have already needed to been created before you will be able to restore back to a week ago. Increasing the disk space will just allow you to be able to store more newly created restore points.

Double check to make sure that your Windows Event Log service is enabled, started, and set to Automatic. Afterwards, try again.Services - Start or DisableIn addition, see: System Protection - Change Disk Space Usage

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Yesterday I tried to do a system restore to fix a Flash Player problem but I did not have restore points going back as far I wanted. I only had 3 Scheduled system restore point going back to March 23rd and 8 restores points done by Revo and various Flash Player install/unsintall restore point created while trying to fix said problem. I thought those 8 restore points might have deleted older scheduled ones but my maximum space hasn't been reached yet and I did not turn off system restore.

From what I read online, I have a crazy amount of space allocated to shadow storage so I was curious as to why I did not have more system points to choose from. Any ideas? Is there anything that can delete restore point besides turn system restore off?
Used 33 GB
Allocated 35GB
Maximum 87GB

Also when I went to select the disk to restore it said
Partition_1(C:) (system) Ready to restore
(Partition_1(C:) The disk cannot be found
I have two disks Partition_1 (C:) and Recovery (D:) which is the factory restore stuff and is locked so I don?t create points for this one.

The Partition_1(C:) (Missing) shows in the available disks in system protection. Should I just uncheck it?

A:System Restore Disk Space Usage and System Recovery

Hello pineapplegrunt.

Do you regularly run programs such as CCLeaner and/or Disk Cleanup? It is possible to delete restore points with these tools (and other similar ones).

I believe your problem is that System Restore points are automatically deleted, by default, after 90 days.

I believe there are ways to change this, although from the top of my head I think you have to use a third party application (to do this easily). However, it is not really recommended to keep such long system restore points, if you want an image of your drive going that far back, you probably should look into creating a backup image or something and not relying on system restore.

Can I ask what your flash player problem is, have you been able to fix that?

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Hi

I recently noticed that my computer had lost several gigs of disk space. I found them in System volume information. It seems that system restore is overriding the manual control - which should set the limit at one gig. The folder at the moment contains 10 gig! I don't have a problem with deleting the files but am worried about what may be causing the problem. I checked the times when new files are created and they seem to coincide with times when the computer has been hanging. This hanging was caused by games and by P2P programs.
Could anyone out there advise me as to what the problem is and how to prevent it from happening again?
I would really appreciate your help.
Thanks in advance
Paul
 

A:System restore eating up disk space.

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Hi,
I have a 250gb hard drive with Disk Space Usage for System Restore currently set at 12%...
recommendations?
Thanks
Dave
XP Home Edition
Version 2002
Service Pack 3

A:Disk Space Usage for System Restore - How much is enough?

My suggestion would be to NOT count on System Restore for an unsupported O/S with any number of vulnerabilites...but to use any known software program to make and store routine backups of the system.
 
I believe that 3d-party software does a better job of being reliable...than the Windows SR function.  Just my opinion.
 
Louis

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I noticed the night before yesterday that my disk space began disappearing rapidly for no discernible reason. After doing a bit of digging on Google, I am now fairly certain that this is due to System Restore and Shadowcopies.

Two issues. First off, when I go to Disk Cleanup and delete the System Restores and Shadow Copies, I only get a few hundred MBs worth of space.

Second, and more important issue: When I go to the command prompt and type in vssadmin list shadowstorageI get the following message:

No items found that satisfy the query.

I've tried enabling and disabling System Restore in System Protection, to no avail, and when I try changing the maximum shadow storage size, I get the error The specified volume copy shadow storage association was not found.

I'd appreciate any help anyone can offer me, since my current free space is at 90MB and is dropping as I type.
 

A:System Restore gobbling up my disk space

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Does it make a difference to delete old system restore points in order to free up disk space? My computer is 3 and a half years old, and I have never deleted restore points before or used the system restore utility before. Does that mean that my computer has saved restore points from the time I first obtained it? Or does it delete the oldest restore points itself?
My disk size is 27.9 GB.
 

A:Solved: system restore: disk space

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Hi,

After running WinXP for almost 7 years I took the plunge last week and bought a new computer with Win 7 Home Premium. Today I upgraded it to Win 7 Professional.

Now my computer specs are:
HP p7-1157c AMD A6-3600 APU w/Radeon ? HD Graphics 2.10GHz
8 Gbs of Memory
64-bit running Windows 7 Pro w/Internet Explorer 9.

Today while still exploring the features of Win 7 I noticed all my previous Restore Points except for two that were created today were gone. It seems all the ones created before my last reboot had been deleted.

I think I found out why after checking the Restore configuration settings for the drive.

Only 1 % of the 919 GB drive was being allotted for Restore Points. So I changed that to 20 % for the time being.

Now I am trying to find out how much space should I actually set aside for restore points for the size of my hard drive?

Thanks and regards,

2harts4ever

A:How much disk space is needed for System Restore?

I have 5G physically allocated and have about 20 restore points.

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I'm trying to restore a system restore point through windows 8 installation but it gives me the error that I do not have enough disk space.
is there any way I can free up disk space so I can do a system restore?
maybe through command prompt?

ive also tried to do the option of Refresh your PC, but it's also giving me the same error.

any help would be great. Thanks

A:System restore point: not enough disk space

So how much space is used on your Hard drive?

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Hi,
I have a 250gb hard drive with Disk Space Usage for System Restore currently set at 12%...
recommendations?
Thanks
Dave
XP Home Edition
Version 2002
Service Pack 3

A:Disk Space Usage for System Restore - How much is enough?

My suggestion would be to NOT count on System Restore for an unsupported O/S with any number of vulnerabilites...but to use any known software program to make and store routine backups of the system.
 
I believe that 3d-party software does a better job of being reliable...than the Windows SR function.  Just my opinion.
 
Louis

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Hello there!

I just don't understand - I had to do a system restore ('course I forgot for what reason) but when I booted up again I had lost a fair amount of disk space. Then XP kept hounding me to DL SP2, although when I did a "search" SP2 entries were all over the place. How can I get back my disk space? I only have a 40G Hard Drive and it truly was holding it's own at about 87%, now I'm down to 80% and still have to install Roxio again. I also used up a lot of space with the HP Photosmart software files. That's another forum! I also installed the SP2 again. I found a lot of folders with duplicate names of programs that I had. I don't know what to do at this point. I just got this computer and so far it hasn't given me any trouble except being a hog with the free space. Seems like I must have a lot of garbage files.

What to do?

I have a Gateway E3460 (think that's the model) with a 40G HD, Pentium 2Ghz processor, 512 RAM and Nividia Video.

Thanks so much for your help.

747
 

A:Solved: Loss of disk space when I do system restore

If you are sure you dont need to restore your system back .. turn off system restore and renable it .. I have mine set on 5% to save space

Then run a program like ccleaner to take out the trash so to speak
 

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My OS is Vista 64 Home Premium. I would like to minimize the disk space that the OS allocates for this function but don't see the option under System Properties where it is found in XP. Where can I find it in Vista?

Thanks.

EDIT: Nevermind this thread, I just found the answer here:

System Restore - disk space

A:Managing System Restore Disk Space Usage

had the same question. Thanks for posting the answer

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It's set to maximum in the restore menu in system properties at 22gb but I believe there is a way to increase that and I just can't remember how. If this is large enough to not be a concern then I will leave it.

A:How to make system restore disk space larger?

If this is large enough to not be a concern then I will leave it. It is usually emough for 95% of users - With the systems you list in your signature it will/should be plenty -

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Want to increase disk space for system restore. to 1GB
have winXP SP2,

Tony

A:want to increase disk space system restore on WinXP SP2

How much is it now? . . just move the slider to the size you want

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My System Restore has been allocated 3% (10GB) of disk space that it can use, but it's using more than its allocated amount - 13.32GB.
Why does this happen?

A:System Restore using more than its fair share of disk space

Post a shot of disk management.

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

It`s supposed to boot out older restore points to keep it at the required space you have allocated.

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It just keeps going back to this setting. I know about it and regularly adjust now, so it's more of just an annoyance now. But it caused me to reinstall windows twice before even thinking of this problem.

I'd really appreciate any advice, and sorry if this isn't the correct subforum.

A:Disk space usage for system restore constantly resetting to 50% of HD

This is a known problem that is sometimes caused by third party software, I just cant remember the name of the program that causes it, hopefuly someone else will fill us in

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Could somebody please explain to me why System Restore would show the status as disabled and direct me to run diskcleanup and make sure there is at least 200 MB of free disk space, when there is over 20Gb of free disk space? Thanks.

A:System Restore - Status Disabled But Lots Of Disk Space?

Hello,try going to start run services.msc find system restore and starting the service?

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Hey there, so I've just been looking at my old desktop PC and i was looking into the system restore settings and seen that 12% of disc space is reserved for restore points. i've changed this 10% now as the PC barely gets any use anyway, will that be ok? (Equates to about 10GB)
 
I also noticed that my 2nd hard drive was enabled for system restore... However, this drive only has media on it, no programs, no operating system nothing, just music files.  Now my question is, can i use this drive for system restore points even though the OS is not installed on it? The Reason I ask is because i have a lot more free space on this drive...  If not, should I just go ahead and disable monitoring on that drive?
 
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:System restore disk space usage and using on a 2nd hard drive?

First of all yes, 10% is fine. Second, system restore keeps it's files in a hidden folder named "System Volume Information", and there is one of those folders on each drive on which System Restore is enabled. Last, the system restore points for any given drive MUST be stored on that drive.
 
Personally, I'd suggest disabling system restore completely and using disc imaging software instead.

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Hello,
I am running Windows Vista and have not had problems in the past, but recently got the Vista Update that gets stuck at 0% and continuously restarts. I found the only solutions were to go to a restore point or perform a full system restore. I had no restore points (stupid I know), so I was forced into the full system restore. After completing it and exploring my hard drive, I found I only had 10GB free out of 102GB. I have searched all the files on my hard drive and cannot find anything that is using that much space. It is very hard for me to function with only 10GB of free space, and was wondering if someone knew what steps I should take to get my disk space back, or just point me in the right direction.

Thanks.

A:Lost large amount of disk space after full system restore

Hi Fr3e Bird. . .

Welcome to TSF - Vista.

Download and install TreeSize. Go to your desktop and run Treesize at an Elevated level - right-click on the icon and select run as admin. This will provide hard drive space usage by folder. Click on Scan and select the drive. Give about a minute.

Regarding the Windows Update @ 0% - what anti-virus/ 3rd party firewall are you running?

Also... let's check on your VSS points - Volume Shadow Service - Vista System Restore. Download the attached zip file, un-zip it and copy the batch file to your desktop. Go to your desktop, right-click on the batch file, select Run as Administrator. A Notepad will open with the results - copy and paste them into your next post.

Here is what is in the batch file:

Code:

vssadmin list ShadowStorage > %userprofile%\documents\$vssinfo.txt

vssadmin list Shadows >> %userprofile%\documents\$vssinfo.txt
vssadmin list Volumes >> %userprofile%\documents\$vssinfo.txt

vssadmin list Writers >> %userprofile%\documents\$vssinfo.txt & start notepad %userprofile%\documents\$vssinfo.txt


Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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Hello!
I did today a system restore and playing around for 30 minutes with my laptop i realised that something was not going good. The laptop was slower. I opened task manager and I saw that that hard disk had activity with random spikes and the more strange was that when i leave the laptop in idle the disk goes to 100%. Moving the mouse later it goes straigh to zero with the spikes remaining after.(You can see on picture)
Later I realised that I constantly loose free space in C drive(still loosing..). Any solutions?

A:Hard Disk free space lick after system restore windows 8.1

Welcome to the Forums.
The first thing I would do is a full scan with the free

MBAM

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Hi,

how much space do Restore Points use?

My new laptop came factory configured with WinXPpro and the usual software provided by Toshiba. The HDD has 27.9GB Total Space and started with 25.6GB Free Space.

But after a few days of updates, setup, downloads and file transfers it's down to 18.8GB Free Space !!

The files I put in should not have taken up as much space, on my old laptop they used ~ 3GB. XP Service pack takes up some additional space, but I was surprised to see so much used up.

As I'm new to XP coming from Win98 I did have a few problems setting up and did use Restore Point 2 times, and made 3 Points just in case I need them again (not finished setup yet).

When I totalled Restore Points there are 37! I know how to clear them all, would like to know:

1. how/where to find space used by Restore Points?
2. can they be deleted selectively and how?
3. if they are not the culprit what coud be eating up so much space?

Any help will be appreciated,

Brad
 

A:WinXPpro Restore Points - how much space?

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Is there a way to store system restore points (System Volume Information) to an alternate disk? Windows is installed on C: and I have the registry set to default to D: but regardless, many programs either install directly to C: or after installing to D:, still use a good bit of space on C:. C: is around 87% filled to capacity whereas I have ample space left on D:. I don't have enough restore points and would like to have the restore info stored on D: where I have ample space.

A:Limited space on C: for restore points

Have you considered shrinking the size of the D partition and then expanding C into that space? Just a thought.

System Protection - Change Disk Space Usage

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Because of a problem in a program file located in c:\Program Files (x86), I began to do a system restore to the time before the problem program was installed.

When the System Restore window opens for confirmation it shows that "Local Disk (C) (System)" is status: "Ready to restore" and the check-box next to it is checked.

The next line has a empty check-box for "Local Disk (C)" with the Status: "The drive cannot be found."

I didn't try to do it anyway, so as not to maybe create a greater problem.

Anyone know what's up with the drive not being found? Is there a fix? Windows clearly knows it's there and that it was modified after the restore point was created, because the affected programs that would be uninstalled and installed list shows up in the previous window.
 

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After struggling with a Windows XP crash for several days, I have finally been able to load my original version of Windows. Unfortunately, in order to backup data, I had installed a new Version of Windows in a different folder. This seems to have erased a lot of my original windows settings, including my main user account and my previous system restore points (and somehow put me back to SP2 instead of SP3).

However, The folder holding all of the information from my previous user account is still completely intact. Is there anyway to add my old user account to Windows so I can log into it?

Another question is whether my system restore points may still exist somewhere on the hard drive. Windows currently does not recognize any restore points, even though I had dozens of them from the past few months. I am assuming that they were destroyed when I installed the second copy of windows, but if anyone has any ideas if they could have survived I would love to hear them.

Thanks in advance for your help, and please let me know if you have any questions.
 

A:Possible to restore old user account? Find old Restore Points?

The new installation is just that, new, so the accounts and restore points from the old one won't work. The new installation has a completely different Security IDentifier (SID)

You can create a new account, then copy the user profile from the old folder to the new. You can't copy the settings though (the NTUser files), as the SID is different.

Follow these steps to copy the data over, but you may want to exclude the Application Data and Local Settings folders, or only copy the Outlook and Outlook Express folders. If you are not going to install ALL of the same applications again, you'll be copying data that you probably won't ever use.

You'll also want to first rename the old folder, so you can create a new account with the same name as the old. This is especially important if you use Outlook/Outlook Express.

Corrupted User Account
How to copy data from a corrupted user profile to a new profile
Note: You must sign in at least once to the New Account before you can copy the old profile, as the account folder is not created until it is signed into.
After copying the files, click on the New_Username folder, then click on the folder named Old_Username's Documents. Double click the Desktop.ini file, and change the line Owner=Old_Username to Owner=New_Username
Note that you will have to redo any customizations, i.e. wallpaper, colors, Folder Options, Cursors, etc.
Desktop.ini is a hidden file but if you followed the steps in the MS article your sy... Read more

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After struggling with a Windows XP crash for several days, I have finally been able to load my original version of Windows. Unfortunately, in order to backup data, I had installed a new Version of Windows in a different folder. This seems to have erased a lot of my original windows settings, including my main user account and my previous system restore points (and somehow put me back to SP2 instead of SP3).

However, The folder holding all of the information from my previous user account is still completely intact. Is there anyway to add my old user account to Windows so I can log into it?

Another question is whether my system restore points may still exist somewhere on the hard drive. Windows currently does not recognize any restore points, even though I had dozens of them from the past few months. I am assuming that they were destroyed when I installed the second copy of windows, but if anyone has any ideas if they could have survived I would love to hear them.

Thanks in advance for your help, and please let me know if you have any questions.

A:Possible to restore old user account? Find old Restore Points?

You should be able to copy the contents of the Documents and Settings folder from the old folder to the new one

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In Windows XP in the System Volume Information folder, approx 3.5 GB of space is taken up storing old Restore Point Folders. Is there any problem if I delete old restore points?

Thanks for any help you can provide.
 

A:(ttt) Window XP Restore points taking up a lot of space

No problem. You really only need the last good point.
 

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I have allocated approx 18gb of space for system restore and it is currently sitting around 12gb.
My question is, why do I only have 2 days worth of system restore available? When there is still more space, I would expect it to go back a bit further and the way that I understand it, Windows 7 keeps storing them until it is out of allocated space.
Anyone know what is going on?
Thanks!

A:Restore Points Disappearing: Allocated Space Still Available. Why?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by huza


I have allocated approx 18gb of space for system restore and it is currently sitting around 12gb.
My question is, why do I only have 2 days worth of system restore available? When there is still more space, I would expect it to go back a bit further and the way that I understand it, Windows 7 keeps storing them until it is out of allocated space.
Anyone know what is going on?
Thanks!



If they are 6 gigs each and you have two=12 gigs your space 18. One more wont fit.

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Restore points are vanishing for reasons I cannot determine. Apart from patches and RPs when none has been done for seven days (not often) I do a manual RP once a week. If there is not enough room my understanding is that the old RPs are deleted first. Instead, I have a handful of RPs when I bought the box six months ago, one in July, and then the weekly and MS patch RPs. An attempt was made to increase the disk space usage for RPs and there was an error message:
Could not apply the settings for the following reason: The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect (0X8007007B)
The SSD (OS and software) has a lot of space, as do the USB HDs which I use for data.

Could someone please advise me what is happening and how it can be fixed? TIA

A:Restore points vanishing, cannot increase space

Please complete this tutorial by Golden so we can have a look.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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A:Virus ate up remainder of HDD space and deleted restore points.

Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps in the order listed.===Temporarily disable your AV program so it does not interfere.Info on how to disable your security applications How To Temporarily Disable Your Anti-virus, Firewall And Anti-malware Programs - Security Mini-Guides.Download Zeok tool from hereWhen the download appears, save to the Desktop.On the Desktop, right-click the Zoek.exe file and select: Run as Administrator(Give it a few seconds to appear.)Next, copy/paste the entire script inside the code box below to the input field of Zoek:createsrpoint;
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My System Restore Points keep disappearing, to a situation where I have not one Restore Point showing - not even a protected "greyed" point.
I have tried to create manually set restore points on a daily basis, but even those seem to vanish.
I'm thinking that this could be because I don't allow enought space for accumulative restore points, but how do I determine the value to allow?

A:Restore Points disappearing - space settings problem?

See this tutorial:
System Protection - Change Disk Space Usage

Also, make sure you have enough free space on your C drive, and you are not running out of free space.
Less than 10% free space can cause problems.

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Where can I find these old restore points..?

I thought they were automatically deleted after a month. I just got CCleaner again in hopes to stop my free space decreasing

A:Where can I find these old restore points..?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by mistamontiel


Where can I find these old restore points..?

I thought they were automatically deleted after a month. I just got CCleaner again in hopes to stop my free space decreasing



In CCleaner;

In Disk Cleanup;

Regards....Mike Connor

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I recently did a system image recovery using a system image I created a couple days ago. I encountered a strange problem associated with the recovery. My hard drive showed that more space was being used than was actually being used, and this extra space I am almost positive was due to my system restore points before creating the image. I could not delete any of my old restore points as they were not saved by the recovery image, only the space being used by the restore points seems to have been saved.

Does anyone know where on the drive I can find those restore points to manually delete the space? Or if anyone else has had the problem, how can it be solved?

A:where on the drive I can find those restore points

Hello Writhziden, and welcome to Seven Forums.

The tutorial below can help show you how to delete specific restore points that are currently on the drive.

System Protection Restore Points - Delete

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Not sure when this issue started, so not sure if this has anything to do with XP Pro SP3. System Restore appears to function normally until attempt to restore. Select restore point > confirmation screen, click next > result = stays on confirmation screen. No cpu activity. Disabled SR and tried to re-register dll's. Was only able to re-register srclient.dll. Other dll's report loaded but "DllServerRegister point not found. . ." Suggestions please.

A:System Restore runs, creates restore points, but can't restore

Hello & welcome to TSF,

RESOLUTION
To resolve this issue, restart the computer. If the error still occurs, search the hard drive for the presence of the Wininit.ini file, and then rename it. To do so, follow these steps:

1. Restart your computer in Safe or DOS Mode.
2. Click Start, point to Search, and then click For Files or Folders.
3. In the Named box, type wininit.ini.
4. In the Look in box, click Local hard drives, and then click Find Now.
5. Right-click the Wininit.ini file, click Rename, type wininit.xxx, and then click OK.
6. Close the Find Files window, and then run System Restore again.
7. If the previous steps do not resolve the problem, run the following command to repair the damaged portions of your registry:
scanreg /fix

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A:Norton Ghost 10.0 Not Able to Find USB Restore Points

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Automatic restore points are no longer being created in System restore on Vista laptop.
Manually created restore points disappear after a short time.
The following are the figures relating to System Restore;
Used Shadow Copy storage space 0 B
Allocated Shadow Copy storage space 0 B
Maximum Shadow Copy storage space 3 GB
Every time I try to increase the allocation the Maximum storage space increases but not
the allocation, and I get a message saying
Successfully resized the Shadow Copy storage association.
Would appreciate any help.
Thanks.

A:Automatic Restore Points No Longer Being Created In System Restore On Vista Laptop

I find this often happens when there are disk read errors. Try doing a chkdsk /r then retry creating a restore point.

Check Disk - chkdsk

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