Windows 10: System restore and secondary drives

Discus and support System restore and secondary drives in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; So my setup. I have 2 drives in my computer an SSD and HDD. The SSD came shipped with my computer and I installed the HDD as a secondary drive. I've... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by Arily, Aug 16, 2016.

  1. Arily Win User

    System restore and secondary drives


    So my setup. I have 2 drives in my computer an SSD and HDD. The SSD came shipped with my computer and I installed the HDD as a secondary drive. I've been using it as storage for all my pictures music etc. I've also installed a couple programs on there. My question is if I do a system restore can I do it without wiping out the secondary drive? How would I go about doing it? Step by step. What would happen to the program's installed on there after the restore?

    Thank you.

    :)
     
    Arily, Aug 16, 2016
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  2. Windows 10 System Won't Boot

    I have a dual-boot Windows 10 system. Each Windows 10 system is on a separate drive.

    The primary partition (the first one installed and the one on the drive with the system reserved partition) became unstable and and wouldn't boot. I believe that the master boot record was also damaged because booting the secondary partition became unreliable.

    However, after several tries the secondary Windows 10 partition booted and went through a system repair and update process that took several hours and rebooted a number of times. Once this process was complete, a recovery partition had been added to the
    disk containing the secondary partition and the secondary became the primary partition. Now it's the secondary (used to be the primary) Windows 10 partition that won't boot.

    Is there anyway to restore Windows on the currently secondary partition? Before it quit working all together I'd tried creating recovery media on a USB drive but I haven't been able to figure a way to use it. I also haven't been able to find any instructions
    on how to use it. Is there some way I might be able to use that to restore the partition? If not, can I create and use install media for the repair?

    Finally, how can I go about restoring the the repaired system as the primary system and reactivating the system reserved partition on that disk? Then can I get rid of the Recovery Partition on the other system drive?

    Thanks.

    Bill
     
    B_Phillips, Aug 16, 2016
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  3. dlh2015 Win User
    System Recovery to a New Drive in Windows 10 using a stored system image.

    I have an System Image backup on a secondary drive. The original SSD (120 GB) is unserviceable. I installed a ssd (240 GB) to be used as the new "C" drive. Using the recovery disk and selecting recovery using the system image, it will not restore as it
    indicates that the original SSD drive is locked. The drive was removed from the system. What settings can I use to get the recovery disk to restore the system Image to the new "C" drive?
     
    dlh2015, Aug 16, 2016
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  4. mrgeek Win User

    System restore and secondary drives

    First, make sure you have System Restore enabled (not a default setting in major Win 10 upgrades). Just disable or turn off the restore monitor for the HDD and restore will just run on the SDD where you have the OS. I have a similar set up where I have all programs needed for reinstall on a D drive in case I do a clean install on C. Not sure if your programs installed on HDD have registry entries on SDD though.


    System restore and secondary drives [​IMG]
     
    mrgeek, Aug 16, 2016
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  5. Arily Win User
    Ok quick question. What will happen to the programs already installed on the Secondary drive when I do a system recovery on the main drive? Will they need to be uninstalled first or reinstalled later due to the fact of the registry keys? ( I have Sims 2, Sims 3, Everquest 2 and some Steam Games)

    As long as it doesn't erase the drive I'll be happy. lol Thank you for helping.

    This is what mine looks like. It's that ok?

    System restore and secondary drives [​IMG]
     
    Arily, Aug 17, 2016
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  6. mrgeek Win User
    I have performed many System Restores on C drive and my D drive is not affected at all. If you installed the games on the S drive and you bring them up by accessing it vs C drive, they should not be affected. However, when I put a program on my D drive and install it, the install goes on my C drive in a Program File; my D is only for storing the orig exe files in case I ever wipe the C drive.

    My gut feeling is that your games do the same but unless you're doing a clean install vs System Restore, the files and games on C should only be affected by changes since the last restore point. It's easy enough to check where your games are installed: r-click the shortcut to the game/click Properties and check if the Target is your C or S drive. Bottom line, a normal System Restore will only affect the C drive which, like on my system, is the only one it's enabled for.
     
    mrgeek, Aug 17, 2016
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  7. Arily Win User
    Ok yes when I installed the games I purposely installed them on S Drive.

    I'm thinking of just uninstalling the games and keeping everything else which is my original files like installers, pictures, music...etc.

    I plan on doing an out of box state type recovery and then updating to Windows 10 again. I have the Windows 10 iso that Microsoft helped me make, which is something I'm storing on S drive.

    So when I do out of box state type recovery the S drive (S for Storage lol) it will not effect that? Because my other option I was personally going to do was uninstall all games keep the files and then just unplugged the drive from the computer. It's internal but I'm the one that installed it so it would be no problem to just unplug it.
     
    Arily, Aug 17, 2016
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  8. mrgeek Win User

    System restore and secondary drives

    "I plan on doing an out of box state type recovery and then updating to Windows 10 again. I have the Windows 10 iso that Microsoft helped me make, which is something I'm storing on S drive."

    So, did this computer orig have an OS other than 10 ? If by 'out of box recovery' you mean using the mfr's D recovery drive to restore to 7, 8 or 8.1 then unplug the S drive, to be safe, in case the partitioning wipes it.

    The easiest thing, if you're concerned that something is corrupt with your 10 install is to move a copy of the latest ISO from S to your desktop, r-click 'Mount' (as a virtual drive) and hit the setup.exe. From there, you can do a repair or upgrade keeping files and programs or clean install and reinstall your programs from S.

    Can I ask what your concern is with the current install ? Did you do a scannow that brought up issues or is something off that you can't fix with a driver or setting ? A System Restore vs a Reset or Recovery is a whole diff animal.
     
    mrgeek, Aug 17, 2016
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  9. Samuria Win User
    If there are minor problem with 10 doing the new upgrade may solve it as its a new o/s just upgrade Windows 10
     
    Samuria, Aug 17, 2016
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  10. Arily Win User
    The original was Windows 8.1. Had the computer almost 2 years without every cleaning it up or restoring it. This is the first time since I got it that I've done a restore and in my personal opinion it's nice to have a fresh start. I'm a little OCD and normally routinely do this once a year just to keep things fresh and clean. Don't know if it's right or wrong harmful to the computer or what but it's just what I like to do.
     
    Arily, Aug 17, 2016
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  11. Arily Win User
    Thank you. I downloaded the Windows 10 iso maybe two weeks ago with microsofts help. Is that the most current version in your opinion?
     
    Arily, Aug 17, 2016
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  12. mrgeek Win User


    Teh link given you in post 7 is to the latest ISO. It can be used at any time in the future too. If you downloaded after 8/2, you already have the latest major update-10 Anniv. There was a cum update issued 8/9 but it will be downloaded during installation or update.

    Again, if you are already booted in Windows, you can place the ISO on your desktop, mount and run the setup.exe, no need for usb or dvd burn.

    Check version after install by Run command/winver. Should be version 1607 Build 14393.51.... Good Luck and mark topic solved, if you are happy.
     
    mrgeek, Aug 17, 2016
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  13. Arily Win User

    System restore and secondary drives

    Trying to install Windows 10 now. I think I might have messed up. I mounted the iso and it was going but now it's stuck at "keep your PC on until this is done. Installing update 1 of 4". Don't know how long it's supposed to take but it's been almost an hour. Don't know what to do. Don't want to just shut the computer down if it's still working.

    Edit: ended up force shuttin down. Now it's working on updates 19% so far. Blah hope it works haha.

    Edit 2: Everything looks good. Plugged the secondary drive in and it's perfect...everything is great! Thanks!
     
    Arily, Aug 17, 2016
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  14. mrgeek Win User
    Glad to hear. You have to be patient with a full install from an ISO. It takes 1.25 to 1.5 hrs from my experience. Yes, it's distressing when it looks like the Update is stuck at, say 30%, but then it will suddenly jump to 65% in the next step. You just have to patiently wait it out and not interrupt. Cheers
     
    mrgeek, Aug 17, 2016
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  15. Arily Win User
    Really liking this new version of Windows 10. I like the logon screen better and love that I can actually turn off my bluetooth in the notifications...last time it was always on and when clicked just took me to settings. Only think I don't like better is the start menu. I liked the old Windows 10 start menu...but I'll get used to it. lol
     
    Arily, Apr 5, 2018
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