Windows Restore

May 24, 2009 at 03:47:30
Specs: Windows XP
I try and run system restore i get this.

Changes made to drive (s)E: after this point cannot be reversed because the drive was either excluded from System
Restore monitoring, or was turned off or removed.

I run the restore anyway and get prompted that my computer can't be restored.The drive E is USB poratble hard drive, that once or twice I have pluged in to computer. When I go to system restore settings it is only montiorig drive C, like it should have. What should I do?


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#1
May 24, 2009 at 03:57:03
What do you expect SR to do ???

You answered your own question.

Using System Restore too many times can cause
more harm than good. After doing a restore
that does not fix a problem, then UNDO the
Restoration, and try another restore point, or
just do the UNDO.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302796
Troubleshooting steps for issues when you try to use the System Restore tool in Windows XP

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/959063
What is System Restore?


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#2
May 24, 2009 at 04:06:13
Some problems with AVG update.

I think SR does not work because some how this portable hard disk enterd the monitoring picture, and it should not. I have tried couple restore points, same thing happens again.


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#3
May 24, 2009 at 04:07:06
I did SR few months ago and it worked.
I just want to restore C: drive and stop getting message about removable hard disk

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#4
May 24, 2009 at 04:18:55
Once you read THIS to learn why it is a very bad practice to let System Restore monitor external USB drives, you would want to turn it off.

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#5
May 24, 2009 at 04:21:56
I did not. That is the problem. System restore settings show it is only monitoring C:, but somehow when I try to make a restore it gives me the info. it can not restore E: That is the problem! I never wanted to monitor E: nor specifed to monitor E:

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#6
May 24, 2009 at 04:26:31
stop getting message about removable hard disk

I guess you are refering to "Safely Remove Hardware".
When the computer is on, you are suppose to click that before
disconnecting the USB device.
That way, Windows will stop communicating with the disk, and your data is better protected.


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#7
May 24, 2009 at 04:45:41
No. I have turned off SR and turned it on. Lost all save points, but now it works fine now.

I guess another bug in XP.


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#8
May 24, 2009 at 04:56:42
I see your problem now, but have no solution.

Sometimes you have E: plugged in, the SR starts monitoring it,
then may create a Restore Point at some time later.

Then sometimes you have E unplugged, then monitoring of E stops. But then maybe all Restore Points give reference to E drive. Then you want to use a Restore Point, and you can not.

I am going to have to check that out with a new Flash drive I just purchased.


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#9
May 24, 2009 at 04:58:52
Yes, you will lose all Restore Points when SR is turned off.

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#10
May 24, 2009 at 05:00:55
It should not monitor it at first place, but somehow it did and corrupt absolutely ALL restore points.

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#11
May 24, 2009 at 05:09:30
You should check to see if SR is monitoring it when you plug in
E drive. Also after you restart computer with E plugged in.
Then if SR shows E drive monitoring, select E drive, then click
"Settings..." button, then tick the box "Do not monitor this drive"

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#12
May 24, 2009 at 05:25:35
Tried. It does not.

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#13
May 24, 2009 at 09:20:19
I'm not a fan of System Restore & have it disabled on all my systems but the problem in your case is NOT with SR itself, it's with the way you apparently use/abuse it. It sounds like you pull the trigger whenever there's a problem rather than just fixing the problem. If you have a problem with AVG, fix AVG, don't use SR. And as was pointed out, you didn't prevent SR from monitoring your external device & that is what has been giving you grief.

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