Windows 10 System Restore and Data Partition


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    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1706
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    Windows 10 System Restore and Data Partition


    Firstly, I know System Restore is not terribly reliable, but it has worked well for me (mostly) in the past and so it's often my first resort when weird things happen. That being said, I do make regular images and clones with Macrium Reflect to disks in several USB enclosures as my main safety net. Just asking what may be a stupid question - my SDD is partitioned C: for OS and Programs, D: for Data. Is there any value in having Windows System Restore enabled for the Data partition? I can't imagine that there is, but I'd be grateful for an opinion from someone with more experience. I have googled for an answer without success. Thanks.

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    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
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    System Restore actually monitors a list of file types - see:
    System Restore Windows 10
    See also:

    I don't believe there is a way of amending those, and you'll note the ones that typically exist as users 'data' or personal files are excluded of course, which is why SR (when restoring succeeds) is a useful complement to disk imaging.

    If the file types on your data disk are not being monitored, it follows SR has no significance for that disk.
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  3. Posts : 121
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1706
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    Thanks for that @dalchina - very helpful....
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