Can I use System Restore Points WITHOUT Shadow Copies? Relationship?


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I am uncertain what the differences are between System Restore Points and Shadow Copies.

Actually I need only System Restore Points.

1.) Can I use SRP without (!) Shadow Copies?

2.) When Shadow copies always necessary: Why are SRP invented?
Why not using Shadow Copies only?

3.) Assume I delete a file WITHOUT moving it to the recycle bin but by immediate full true delete.
Will there a copy still persist in Shadow Copy?
Wouldn't that be a security hole?

4.) As far as I understand Shadow Copies are permanently automatically created by Win 7.
Can I somehow tell Win 7 only to create a Shadow Copy when I create a System restore Point?

5.) Assume I reserve a space of 5 GB for System Restore Points: is this the space which is used for Shadow Copies (too)?



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Hi Peter,
basically 'Shadow copies' are the files created when a System Restore point is initiated. The reason they are called Shadow copies is because basically that's what are, some files cannot be copied whilst in use so the system create's a shadow copy.

So in conclusion when a system restore point is created the result is a shadow copy and it's these which are stored in the system partition.

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