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July 8, 2013 2:17:17 AM

I am running windows xp. The system is keeping only one restore point. When I checked why, I found that each restore point in System Volume Information is huge, like 3gb. The big files are the objects.data data files (in the snapshot folder in system volume information). So the system only has space for one (I have system restore set to 12% about 6GB). If I manually create a new restore point, it is also 3gb in size and then deletes the previous one. I want to keep old restore points. Does anyone know how?

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July 8, 2013 10:52:18 AM

Just because you are allocating 12% doesn't mean there is space for it to actually use it. This just tells system restore it can use a maximum of 12% for storage. You will need to remove some files or uninstall unneeded programs to make space for more restore points.

Restore points contain information about registry settings and other system information that windows uses. Check the registry files under your profile to see how much space it's using.
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July 8, 2013 2:40:57 PM

Thanks for the response. I have plenty of free space on my drive, around 10GB. I am wondering why each time I get a restore point, manually or automatically, the size of it is 3gb, and then it deletes my previous restore point, leaving me with only one new restore point. What did you mean check the registry files under my profile? Thanks again.
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July 8, 2013 11:57:05 PM

The 12% is of the total drive space so one-eighth of an 80Gb drive is 10Gb and in your case, that represents your total free space. However, an eighth of a 40Gb drive is only 5Gb and so on - how large is your drive? Every point is going to be around the same size as the last because the stored data will be roughly the same. Increase to 20% and you'll get two points.
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July 9, 2013 1:51:10 AM

Hi, My disk is 60gb and I have 10 GB free. I have already set system restore to the maximum percent allowed 12% 6gb. I found out my VMI repository is huge 3gb, so every restore point is including all this data from the object.data file. Any ideas?
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July 9, 2013 2:29:53 AM

Ok, so it sounds like I had a huge WMI repository. I followed the steps in the following webpage to rename my wmi repository folder as bad, and then make a new repository folder--> http://windowsxp.mvps.org/repairwmi.htm. Make sure you use caps with run commands for UpgradeRepository. Now my restore points are normal size. Great! The old huge restore point is gone, and I have 3 Gigs more on my hard disk. Thanks for all your great help! Still, what should I do with my 3 gb bad repository folder? Also, why did it get so huge, because of logging? Can I just delete it?
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July 9, 2013 5:42:48 AM

Reader777 said:
Thanks for the response. I have plenty of free space on my drive, around 10GB. I am wondering why each time I get a restore point, manually or automatically, the size of it is 3gb, and then it deletes my previous restore point, leaving me with only one new restore point. What did you mean check the registry files under my profile? Thanks again.


Since you found the problem, this will be moot but I thought I'd answer this question. The ntuser.dat file under your profile folder is part of the user registry. If it's corrupt or bloated it can get to larger than normal sizes. This file is backed up in restore points.

As stated, this was not your problem, so no need to mess with this.
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