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How to delete SYSTEM VOLUME INFORMATION FOLDER


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#1 heavyjavadrinker

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 04:09 PM

When I first bought my 1TB Iomega Network Drive, I tried to do a copy or clone or something of my entire hard-drive. It didn't work out well, because I was doing it wirelessly and about half-way through every time, it crashed. I could never get it to finish. I went through and tried to delete all the files in the folder I saved them into (called backups) and was able to delete nearly everything (some things I had to right-click and go to properties and uncheck "Read-Only" to make it go away) but for some reason I cannot get rid of the folder leftover called "System Volume Information." I tried unchecking "Read-Only," but it doesn't seem to help. I tried also using a program that allows you to "Take Ownership," but that doesn't help either.

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#2 Allan

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 04:13 PM

You can delete the contents of the System Volume Information folders, but not the folders themselves. If you don't use system restore just disable it. All restore points will be deleted immediately.

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 10:53 PM

PROBLEM SOLVED.

After installing Advanced System Care 4, I discovered a new feature with a right-click of a file or folder -- "shredder" or file shredder.
This is basically wiping that area of your hard-drive clean. It's like formatting the section of the hard drive where that file is stored.
What a great discovery! I've tried everything else. I was fooling with i cacl with command prompt and then stumbled across this.

yes!

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 06:41 AM

And what is it you think you've accomplished with this program? And by the way, it does not "format" a portion of the hd.

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 07:50 AM

what do i think i've accomplished? I DID ACCOMPLISH. I no longer have 30+ Gigabytes of leftover files on my hard drive.
whatever it did, format, whatever. it worked. nothing else worked.
no one else had the answer.

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 07:53 AM

If you are talking about the contents of the system volume information folder(s), all you had to do was follow my suggestion above. Those are all restore points. All you had to do was either:

1) Disable system restore - as soon as you do all restore points are immediately deleted and those folder will be empty or
2) Use Disk Cleanup to delete all but the most recent restore point

Using a third party app is completely unnecessary. But okay, if it accomplished what you wanted and you're happy I guess that's all that matters :)

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 10:54 AM

<<After installing Advanced System Care 4...>>

Advanced System Care 4 is just another of the "optimizer/registry cleaner" programs that are moneymakers for those who sell them.

In any case, the official take follows:

Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:
  • Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

    The Windows registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.
  • Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad entry". One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.
  • Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.
  • Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.
  • The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results".

Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.
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Posted 03 June 2011 - 10:47 PM

i just use the free version. nothing else worked. this did.
i'm very happy. please let me have my happiness. :thumbsup:

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 05:13 AM

All we can do is provide insight and advice. In the end you are correct, it's your system to do with as you wish. Enjoy :)




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