"Backing up" a hard drive doesn't really help to speed up the computer does it?

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Jerry
"Backing up" a hard drive doesn't really help to speed up the computer does it?
Isn't it true that when you "back up" a hard drive, a copy of the data is being stored on the hard drive (unless of course it is being saved to and external device)? So, in effect, you are not really freeing up any space,and by so doing, are not "really" speeding things up, correct? So, isn't creating "restore points" actually defeating the purpose and using disc space?

   

Peter Paul
Re: "Backing up" a hard drive doesn't really help to speed ...

Backup up is not supposed to, and will not speed up your computer.
Copying data to the same hard-drive is NOT a backup, and as you mentioned, will take up more space on that disc
Restore points are not backups!
Restore points DO take space on the drive.

I think you are confusing your terms, and the purposes of backups vs Restore Points.

A backup is a saftey-net in case your hard drive ever dies or you suffer some sort of data corruption.. A backup MUST be on a separate physical drive and you should always have your data in at least 3 places: the original drive, a local backup drive, and a 3rd, offsite or 'cloud' location.

A restore point is a Windows feature to put your computer "back the way it was at a point in time" in case you ever make a change or install software that breaks the computer. A restore point is NOT a backup! Backups will NOT speed up your computer!

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