Impact of Restore Points on disk space Solved

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  1.    #11

    In answer to Bree (several posts back) I followed this procedure: -

    Clicked on ‘Control Panel / System / System Protection’
    This displayed ‘System Properties’ with ‘System Protection’ tab open.
    Selected C: drive = On.
    Clicked on ‘System Restore’ button.
    Next.
    Only 1 RP was showing and ‘Choose a different restore point’ was not displayed so I took it that there is only 1 RP.
    Selected that RP and clicked on ‘Scan for affected programs’.
    No programs were shown to be affected by its deletion.
    Cancelled out of that window and went back to ‘System Properties’ / ‘System Protection’ tab.
    Click on ‘Configure’ button.
    This is where I could see “Current Usage: 280MB”
    “Delete all restore points for this drive” - Clicked on ‘Delete’ to delete this 280MB RP.

    This is when I discovered that deleting the 280MB RP had given me back 2GB SSD space.
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       #12

    Bree had posted a link where a file deletion reported that it had freed up more space than the size of the drive.
    Whether this is applicable or not he may know.
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       #13

    I had always thought System Restore was turned OFF by default when installing onto an SSD.

    Anyhow, I'm seeing weird system restore behaviour with each of the latest insider builds and I'm also using a Crucial SSD. In my case I have system restore turned OFF and yet it still randomly creates restore points following each build update. This never occurred until just very recently. I to wondered where all my free space was going.

    Post #64:
    New Windows 10 Insider Preview Fast+Skip Build 18970 (20H1) - Aug. 29

    And post #97:
    New Windows 10 Insider Preview Fast+Skip Build 18965 (20H1) - Aug. 21
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  4.    #14

    zbook - You could be right re the mis-reporting. Thinking about it a bit more it does seem that 280MB is a very small size for a restore point. On my Win10 desktop I have 2 RPs now 'Using' 2.18GB and on my Win10 DELL laptop I have 4 RPs 'Using' 9.43GB. This supports the idea that a RP takes at least 1GB and maybe up to 2.5GB. It is looking like the 280MB RP was in fact the 2GB I 'recovered' after deleting it. I reckon the 'Free' space on the SSD is reporting correctly.

    Mooly - It is a pity we can't delete RPs selectively to get SSD space back. Having to delete them all at once means having another backup on standby first.
    Last edited by wiganken; 2 Weeks Ago at 08:26.
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  5.    #15

    wiganken said: View Post
    zbook - You could be right re the mis-reporting. Thinking about it a bit more it does seem that 280MB is a very small size for a restore point. On my Win10 desktop I have 2 RPs now 'Using' 2.18GB and on my Win10 DELL laptop I have 4 RPs 'Using' 9.43GB. This supports the idea that a RP takes at least 1GB and maybe up to 2.5GB. It is looking like the 280MB RP was in fact the 2GB I 'recovered' after deleting it. I reckon the 'Free' space on the SSD is reporting correctly.

    Mooly - It is a pity we can't delete RPs selectively to get SSD space back. Having to delete them all at once means having another backup on standby first.
    The user determines how much space is allotted for restore points, if you feel it's too much then decrease it, the oldest existing RP's will be removed. If you feel the need to delete them all, then do it, immediately after deleting them, create a new restore point. I don't see the need to have another backup on hand before you do that, rarely if ever would a system fail between deleting all restore points and immediately creating a new one.
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  6.    #16

    True. Sounds good to me.
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