SYSTEM RESTORE POINTS KEEP DISAPPEARING


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kandinsky63

I tried to do a system restore back to 23 April 2010. I noted that there
were about 4 restore points between this date and 5 May. System restore
would not let me go back further than 23 April - any reason why?
However when I decided to undo this restoration, when I went back into
system restore all the restore points between 23 April and 2 may had
disappeared. I then did a restore operation from 3 may 2010. However, I
decided to undo this but when this had finished and when i went back into
system restore , the restore point from 3 may had also disappeared.

This is very unusual - has anybody got any idea why this is happening?

thanks
 
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Lem

kandinsky63 said:
I tried to do a system restore back to 23 April 2010. I noted that there
were about 4 restore points between this date and 5 May. System restore
would not let me go back further than 23 April - any reason why?
However when I decided to undo this restoration, when I went back into
system restore all the restore points between 23 April and 2 may had
disappeared. I then did a restore operation from 3 may 2010. However, I
decided to undo this but when this had finished and when i went back into
system restore , the restore point from 3 may had also disappeared.

This is very unusual - has anybody got any idea why this is happening?

thanks

Read all about it: http://bertk.mvps.org/
 
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Bill in Co.

Lem said:

And keep in mind that you have a limited (and fixed) amount of disk space
reserved for System Restore backups. And every time you invoke System
Restore and restore a point, you're using up some of that space, so that
some of the older ones are most likely going to have to be removed (how many
depends on how much space was needed to do the restore operation).
 
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kandinsky63

hey - i know how to do a system restore - this is the reason why i have
posted this query is because i havent seen this particular behaviour before.
With regards to enough disk space, I have 100 GB free space on my C drive -
more than enough I would have thought.(?)
 
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Doug

Your total amount of free disk space is irrelevant. The amount of space
reserved for system restore as set in System Properties> System Restore is
what is in play.

As was pointed out as you reach this limit older restore points are dropped
off.

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Bob

Open an Admin Command Prompt.

To display the current space allocated for restore points type (or copy and
paste) "vssadmin list shadowstorage" (without the quotes but the spaces) and
press Enter.

To reduce (or increase) the disk space allocated, type (or copy and paste)
"vssadmin resize shadowstorage /on=c: /for=c: /maxsize=10GB" (without the
quotes
but the spaces) and press Enter. This example assumes changing the space on
drive C to 10GB. Be sure to create a manual restore point immediately after
resizing because all of your previous restore points will be removed.
 
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Lem

Bob said:
Open an Admin Command Prompt.

To reduce (or increase) the disk space allocated, type (or copy and paste)
"vssadmin resize shadowstorage /on=c: /for=c: /maxsize=10GB" (without


Although the OP didn't specify his OS, this is an XP newsgroup. XP
doesn't use shadow copy for System Restore and in any case, those
vssadmin commands aren't available in XP.

There's an easily accessed GUI in XP to change the amount of storage
allocated for System Restore.

Because the OP didn't appear to really understand System Restore, I
directed him to Bert Kinney's excellent web site
(http://bertk.mvps.org/) that discusses the care and feeding of System
Restore in considerable detail both for XP and Vista (and also includes
a brief description of how to use Restore in Win 7).
 
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kandinsky63

what on earth are you going on about? I actually do have some understanding
of system restore and how it works - i didnt need a lecture in a link to
remind me. To reiterate, I posted my original query cos i hadnt seen this
type of behaviour before. I use system restore frequently. And for your info
this OP used XP SP3 and has set his SR limit at 12% . what is 12% of 300GB?
 
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williamtell

Try something different today Little Mikey, be constructive GO TOUCH
YOURSELF!

BTW, I am an old Man, I would love to CARVE A CONOE THROUGH YOUR SCULL!
 
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Unknown

Are you old enough to know what a 'CONOE' is?
williamtell said:
Try something different today Little Mikey, be constructive GO TOUCH
YOURSELF!

BTW, I am an old Man, I would love to CARVE A CONOE THROUGH YOUR SCULL!
 
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Michael T

kandinsky63 said:
I tried to do a system restore back to 23 April 2010. I noted that
there were about 4 restore points between this date and 5 May. System
restore would not let me go back further than 23 April - any reason why?

Other XP users have reported that the System Restore file can become
corrupted / fragmented. I know I have gone through periods (about 1 yr ago)
where I noticed it not working.

The recommended solution is:
1) Close all running apps in the Task Bar
2) Turn off Sys Restore (Ctl Panel >System > System Restore (tab)
3) Run Disk Cleanup
4) Run Disk Defragmenter
5) Turn on Sys Restore
 
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Michael

williamtell said:
Try something different today Little Mikey, be constructive GO TOUCH
YOURSELF!

Why, when your wife always makes herself available?
BTW, I am an old Man, I would love to CARVE A CONOE THROUGH YOUR SCULL!

Talk about touching yourself.....
 
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kandinsky63

tanx - will try this
Michael T said:
Other XP users have reported that the System Restore file can become
corrupted / fragmented. I know I have gone through periods (about 1 yr
ago) where I noticed it not working.

The recommended solution is:
1) Close all running apps in the Task Bar
2) Turn off Sys Restore (Ctl Panel >System > System Restore (tab)
3) Run Disk Cleanup
4) Run Disk Defragmenter
5) Turn on Sys Restore
 
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Michael

Spelling isn't his strong point. Come to think of it, I doubt he has a
strong point.
 

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