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Confused regarding system restore points and external HDD

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    Windows 8.0

    Confused regarding system restore points and external HDD


    I have a few external hard drives which are just used to back up data. Not used for system image backups.

    Is there any reason/benefit to have system protection turned on for those data HDD's? I currently just have it enable for C drive and create a restore point for that drive before I install any new software.


    Using Windows 8.0 on a Toshiba Laptop
    Last edited by Skimer; 07 Oct 2016 at 08:35. Reason: Added OS info

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    N. Calif
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    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)

    IMO, it's much faster/more convenient to go back to a Restore Point than to restore from a backup on an external drive.
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  3. #3

    From what I've read, System Restore does not modify any of your personal files -- which is another way of saying it does not back them up, either.

    So, I fail to see any value in having System Restore turned on for a purely Data drive.
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