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How to Turn System Restore on or off

The System Restore facility is a simple system that keeps a regular track about the various changes taking place in your computer’s files and thereafter, implies a unique feature called the System Protection for restoring these points. By default, this system Protection feature is turned on in the hard disk wherein the Windows system is actually installed. However, you also have the option to turn on this System Restore feature for all other disks by simply turning on their system protection features.

Turning on the system protection feature fir the desired disk

For the disks formatted with FAT or even FAT32 file systems, the System Protection feature cannot be turned on. For the other remaining disks, follow the below mentioned steps.

  1. Start the system by clicking onto the Start button. Now right-click on the Computer option and click on its Properties.
  2. Now click on System protection in the left pane. In case you are asked for an administrator password, enter your password or any other confirmation details asked.
  3. In the Protection Settings, simply click onto the disk for which you wish to turn on the protection feature and then click on Configure.
  4. Now select one of the following points:
  • In order to enable the restore system settings along with its previous versions for the files, Click on the Restore System Settings And Previous Versions Of Files.
  • In order to enable only the restore previous versions of all the files, Click on Only Restore Previous Versions Of Files.

5. Finally, once all the above mentioned steps are followed, click on OK. Again click on OK in order to turn on the system protection feature.

Turning off the system protection feature for the desired disk

When you turn off the System Protection for a particular disk, it basically deletes all its restore points. Without these restore points, you cannot restore the disk content unless you again turn on the System Protection and the new restoration points are created freshly. Turning off the protection also particularly deletes all the previous versions of the files which were stored in the disk. This previously stored data was the basic information that was stored by Windows along with the restore points. Well, if you are now interested in turning off the System Protection for a particular disk, follow the below given points.

  1. Start the system by clicking onto the Start button. Now right-click on the Computer option and click on its Properties.
  2. Now click on System protection in the left pane. In case you are asked for an administrator password, enter your password or any other confirmation details asked.
  3. In the Protection Settings, simply click onto the disk for which you wish to turn off the protection feature and then click on Configure.
  4. And lastly, Click on the option, “Turn Off System Protection”. After you click on this click on OK. In order to apply this change you just made, Again Click on OK.

How to Use the Fdisk Tool and the Format Tool

Before starting to upload or installing the operating system, your hard disk requires partitioning and formatting. For doing the same, you can make use of the Fdisk Tool and the Format Tool.

File Allocation Table (FAT)

File Allocation Table or FAT is a file system that helps accept, store and retrieve data on a hard disk. Almost all versions of Windows accept two types of FAT namely, FAT16 and FAT32 file systems. During times when you are running Fdisk for hard disks greater than 512 MB, you will be asked by the computer to choose between the two types of file systems.

– FAT16 – Within this file system, each drive or allocated space gets a maximum of 2GB of storage allocated to it.

– FAT32 – Within this file system, drives of sizes up to 2 TB or terabytes are supported. This file system is better to use as it uses smaller spaces for storing files than FAT16, hence saving a lot of free space.

How to partition and format hard disk?

Part A – Using Fdisk Tool for creating partitions within the hard disk.

Insert the start-up or boot disk in the floppy drive and restart your computer. Go to ‘Start’ and press ‘Run’. When prompted, type ‘fdisk’ in the text box and press ‘Enter’.

Now if your hard disk is of sizes larger than 512 MB, you will be prompted with a message saying that since your disk is larger than 512 MB, the computer can allot it in a way that will result in better space usage and making of a single large drive. If you do want to allocate the entire space to a single drive or use the FAT32 file system, press ‘Y’ and then press ‘Enter’. However, if you want to stick to FAT16 file system, simply type ‘N’ and then press ‘Enter’.

As you press ‘Enter’, fdisk options will appear in front of you. The first option will be ‘Create DOS partition or Logical DOS Drive’, second ‘Set active partition’, third will be ‘Delete partition or Logical DOS Drive’, fourth ‘Display partition information’ and lastly, ‘Change current fixed disk drive’. The last option is only given in cases where you have two physical hard disks in your computer.

In order to create a partition, press ‘1’ and then click ‘Enter’. You will now receive a new message saying “Do you wish to use the maximum available size for primary DOS partition?” Depending on the file system you opted for in the previous steps, follow the steps mentioned below.

For FAT32 File System (if you had chosen this file system in step 2)

If you want all of the space available to be assigned to C drive, type ‘Y’ and press ‘Enter’. Now press ESC twice to quit the Fdisk tool. This will return you to the command prompt.

For FAT16 File System (if you had chosen this file system in step 2)

If you want to customize the partition size, press ‘N’ and then press ‘Enter’. A new dialogue box opens up in front of you prompting you to type in the size you want to allocate for the primary partition. Type the size and then press ‘Enter’. Press ESC and return to the Options menu. To assign names to the extra space on the hard disk, press ‘1’ and then ‘Enter’. To Create Extended DOS Partition, press ‘2’ and then ‘Enter’. A dialogue box will open explaining the total available extra space for allocation to the extended drive. You can either use the entire space available or allocate a percentage of it. Simply type the amount you want to allocate and press ‘Enter’. Now press ESC. This will take you back to the ‘Create Logical DOS Drive(s) in the Extended DOS Partition’ menu. Here you can allocate the remaining hard disk storage space to another drive. Simply type in the amount and press ‘Enter’.

Now you will be able to see table that will display the drives you created and the amount of space you allocated to them. In order to choose the drive which you will use to boot the computer, select the option ‘2’ and press ‘Enter’. You will receive a message saying “Enter the number of the partition you want to make active”. Press ‘1’ and then ‘Enter’ on getting the message. Press ESC twice now to quit from the Fdisk tool and return to the command prompt.

Part B – Formatting the Disk

Once the partitions are made, restart your computer with the start-up disk in the floppy drive. When prompted, type ‘format c: /s’ and press ‘Enter’. Use this command only for C drive. For other drives use the command ‘format drive:’ where drive is the letter allocated. Once the above command runs, type ‘format c: /s t a’. This will format the active drive. Once you have run the Format Tool like above, you will see a message displayed on the screen saying “Warning, all data on non-removable disk drive C: will be lost”. Type ‘Y’ and then ‘Enter’. You will have successfully formatted your drive.

How to Format Windows XP from the Command Prompt

The hard drive of a computer that runs on the Windows XP operating system could be formatted using its own interface or by using the command prompt. As command prompt is an interface that is using command line, you cannot use a mouse and there will be no Windows. You must type the commands by entering the correct text. There are various procedures to follow when you do this.

How to go to Command Prompt

There are a couple of ways to access command prompt. One way is to use the Windows XP CD Rom, boot the computer and go to command prompt from there. Insert the CD in the CD Rom drive and select the command prompt, or you can select MS DOS interface. You will end up at the command prompt. Another way is to select the “Run” option and typing “cmd”. Then click on OK or press enter. This also will take you to command prompt.

Entering the command for Formatting

The command for formatting a hard disk is Format(C). C here stands for C drive. In case, you need to format another volume, you must enter the corresponding letter – D, E etc. What you have entered is the basic command. You can enter further details into the command line. These commands specify other actions to be performed in the process of formatting the disc. The command that specifies the file system to be used in formatting is “/fs: (file system)”. The file system could be any one of the three file systems used; FAT, FAT32 or NTFS. In case you need to format the C drive on the NTFS file system, the command you must enter is ‘Format C:/fs:ntfs’. If you need to go for quick formatting, you can give the ‘/q’ command. It is just a case of  adding it to the command line and then the command will look like ‘FormatC:/fs:ntfs/q’. Remember to leave a space between each of the commands. If you miss this point, syntax errors will not let you proceed and the computer will not understand your commands.

Reinstallation of the Operating system

When you format a hard disc or any other storage device, all data in it will be erased and lost. So normally you format a hard disc only before you install the operating system or when you need to reinstall it, due to some reason. When you need to install the operating system, store all your data in the particular storage device before starting with it. You can store it in a removable drive such as a flash drive or writable CDs or DVDs. Now insert the Windows installer disc in the CD Rom drive and the auto run program will pop up. Follow instructions and you will end up with a fresh installation. Copy the backed up data and you are done.

Learning how to use the command prompt, how to format disc drives and how to install operating systems is important, as you need to carry out these tasks to maintain your system and to ensure optimum performance.

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