Solved Do System Recoveries ruin your hard drive?

Microsoft Windows 7 home premium 64-bit
July 23, 2011 at 00:41:05
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium, 8GB
I got a new computer recently and I had a pretty good idea that I just save all of my documents and everything to an external hard drive and then at the end of the day do a System Recovery. This would keep my computer clean and speedy and keep unnecessary programs that I may only use once off the computer. I don't really know how to explain it but it makes sense in my head. Basically what I want to know is will doing a System Recovery on my computer every day ruin the hard drive?

Also, will doing a System Recovery get rid of any partitions I have created? I have a 1TB hard drive so it would be better if I could utilize the space on there. Would the System Recovery just reset the original C: partition or would it reset the entire hard drive?


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#1
July 23, 2011 at 05:39:50
What your suggesting is totally unnecessary and a bit paranoid. It would be like changing the oil in your car every time you use it. Windows 7 has a backup function built into it. Back up the computer when you have it where you want it and you know it's clean. Save it to a cd. Any other form of media can and will fail eventually. As long as you're running an antivirus and malware scanner on it, you should be ok. You can install Microsoft Security Essentials for free. You can also install a program like Ccleaner slim and run it often to keep tabs on the registry, Here are the links.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/secu...

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/bu...



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#2
July 23, 2011 at 05:40:06
Careful with the terms:
A system restore ONLY rolls back the system files and registry to a prior time you choose. This will affect program installs and windows updates installed after the restore date.
A Factory Recovery will ALWAYS return the entire drive to the day the factory installed it including needing to reactivate it. THIS, I do not recommend repeating more than needed or you will be always spending hours reinstalling your Windows updates, your programs, and your files.
A better choice if you feel you want to try it would be making an image of the partition exactly the way you like it onto another partition or another hard drive and using that to restore the drive from. After a number of months though you may need to make a new image including new updates and new permanent programs, keeping the older image as an emergency back up.

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#3
July 23, 2011 at 14:07:21
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I can't tell what you are doing.

I can say that I doubt that would destroy a drive. We backup and restore to drives all the time. They fail for other reasons or just use but you can't really damage them unless you do it like 50.000 times a day.

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#4
July 23, 2011 at 15:38:48
If you are talking about a factory recovery I would not do it. It would not make sense. With 8 GB you should stay fast. The thing is a recovery will erase all Windows Updates and may erase AV if you have installed a 3rd party AV program. You would spend all day the next day updateing the AV and then just delete it again. No if it were me I would not ran a recovery evceryday. And yes if you have added a partition the recovery will more than likely delete it. My HP desktop has a recovery partition. I would make other partitions but I choose not to because it is possible it may mess up the recovery partition. I have the DVD's from HP but it's a quicker recovery from the recovery partition.

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#5
July 24, 2011 at 00:18:02
Thank you all for responding, and after reading your replies, I decided that I will not use System Recoveries unless absolutely necessary, but I will probably use System Restores, but probably just once a week or a month.

If you would like you can help me out with another problem I have. My OS Partition will not split due to lack of space (even though my hard drive is basically empty). You can find my question here: http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...
Thanks again! You are all amazingly awesome!


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