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#1 ddaassaa

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 01:00 PM

This post is my first; I'd like a second opinion from B C folks before I proceed to fool with VISTA's System Restore Points for the first time.

I run Home Premium 32-bit on a partitioned Gateway laptop with 221 GB allotted to C/ and 57 GB of C/ is in use. Of that 57 GB, 31GB is filled exclusively with -- guess what -- System Volume Information files! I'd like to prune this back a little, but only if doing so won't throw VISTA into a tizzy.

Anybody out there done this already? Anybody wanna try it first? I've searched the B C forums for this topic and haven't found one yet specifically adressing this issue. Here are my sources --

According to this page at TechRepublic:

<<http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6230-0.html?forumID=228428&start=0&taq=rbxccnbdisc1>>

VISTA's SRP is set to delete old files after 136 years although its XP predecessor did so after a mere 90 days.

Indrajit Chatterjee's Blog 3/25/08 "Reclaiming disc space from 'system volume information' offers the following instructions:
<<http://indrajitc.wordpress.com/2008/03/25/reclaiming-disk-space-from-system-volume-information/>>

Thanks for your attention, folks.
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Posted 14 February 2009 - 02:18 PM

Here's a very similar link from the person I consider to be an authority on all things System Restore: http://bertk.mvps.org/html/diskspacev.html
Shouldn't be any problem.
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Posted 15 February 2009 - 01:09 PM

Premium 32-bit on a partitioned Gateway laptop with 221 GB allotted to C/ and 57 GB of C/ is in use. Of that 57 GB, 31GB is filled exclusively with -- guess what -- System Volume Information files! I'd like to prune this back a little, but only if doing so won't throw VISTA into a tizzy.

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 01:46 PM

Hello nipa!

In general it's not accepted practice to HiJack another's thread by posting your issue in someone else's topic.
In this case, just follow the advice above - if you've got any issues, please start your own topic.
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Posted 16 February 2009 - 09:34 AM

Thanks for your link, usasma. All things considered, I'm gonna 'let it be.' I guess I'm so accustomed to trimming back stored files on my old 17GB desktop that the SVI files look enormous.
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Posted 16 February 2009 - 09:44 AM

I ran into this problem when working on a friend's toshiba 200 gig laptop, he wanted me to optimize for fast defrag and to set up a data partition, the laptop had been a floor model at compusa.

To fix the runaway restore points and create a decent data partition I ended up having to turn off system restore, after a few resizes and reboots, vista finally let me have a decent allocation of space for data

I then turned system restore back on after defragging

The commands to limit didn't work

But then it was my first real attempt at working with Vista

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 10:11 AM

CHEWY (I have a plastic model of you on top of my [desktop's] monitor!)

FYI, one of the sources I read has addressed deleting the files:
http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6230-0.ht...ssageID=2264217

And another talks about reducing the space allocation:
http://vistasupport.mvps.org/decrease_stor...tem_restore.htm
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Posted 16 February 2009 - 10:16 AM

Also, Chewy, defragging VISTA is a b***h -- as you already know.
I found it works much, much better if you defrag file by file.
I've got notes on that, too. In fact, trying to defrag was what lead me to discover this SVI issue.

Edited by ddaassaa, 16 February 2009 - 10:19 AM.

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