More times than not I've found that for whatever reason System Restore just decides not to work whenever you need it. It's always at a crucial time, something crashed, a virus is running crazy destroying files and that's when System Restore decides not to work. I give it one try and then I stick in the clone of the drive and re-clone the clone to the back drive after re-booting with the clone and formatting the bad system drive.
I have restore points set, but it really seems useless; I can count on one hand the number of times it has worked.
The method I use, is to use Seagate Disc Wizard to make a clone of the system drive to another small drive. I used to have 750 gb to 1 tb drives as system drives, and now I've changed to 80-100 gb SSD's for the system drive only. Anything else like music, converted video files, etc. is saved on other drives. About a week after the latest Windows updates are installed, I refresh the clones to include the latest Windows updates if everything is running smoothly by using a USB 3.0 dock. Once the clone is made, it's removed from the dock, and shelved. I don't leave it in the computer to be possibly be written over or corrupted. These clones are usually a 80 - 160 gb sata II drive; it doesn't have to be fancy it just has to work. Then if the system becomes corrupted it's no problem, nothing but the most recent info needs to be redone. By not storing any daily work on the system drive very little new data would be lost.
Works for me, Seagate Disc Wizard is a free download from Seagate, and all you have to have is ONE drive in your computer that is Seagate and it will work. Hope that helps. For some reason there are times when Disc Wizard will not clone to a USB 2.0 dock, but it will always work with a drive using a motherboard sata connection.
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