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Restore file in Windows ME

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by jindy, Feb 9, 2005.

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  1. jindy

    jindy Thread Starter

    Jun 8, 2002
    I have a file called "RESTORE" that is currently taking up 5.5 gig of my 9.0 gig hard drive. I am at full capacity of using my hard drive and I am trying to free up some space.

    I do not know what the "RESTORE" file is all about. Can you help? Can I delete it's contents? Can I delete the entire file?

    If I cannot delete it, can I transfer it to a removable hard drive so that I can free up space on my C: drive?

    Any help will be appreciated. Thank you.
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  3. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    Open the _RESTORE folder so you can view its contents. Click View - Details, then click View - Icons - By Date. Right-click and delete the ones with the oldest dates. Make sure to leave the ones that are only a week or so old. Empty the Recycle Bin afterwards.

    System Restore is usually set to allocate 12% of the hard drive, so I don't understand it using up 5.5 GB of a 9.0 GB hard drive. You might want to check the slider position and move it back to where it only allocates about 800 MB of space.

    You can turn off System Restore, reboot, then turn it back on. This will delete the entire contents of the _RESTORE folder. Of course, this means there won't be any system restore points available until new ones are created over time.
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