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280 gb of data in system volume information!!!


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#1 pipermac

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Posted 11 February 2015 - 07:50 AM

Hey all! So first my specs: Vista Home Premium SP2,  AMD Phenom 9500 Quad-core Processor 2.20 GHz, 6GB RAM, 64 Bit OS.

 

  Ok so the problem:  My c:/ drive is filling up with unaccountable data.  Seems like its lost 120+ GB in the last couple months!  I ran WinStatDir and came up with about 290GB of "unknown" data.  Ran disk cleanup, went to "restore and shadow copies" and erased all but recent.  Gained about 12 GB. Did some research, then ran SpaceMonger (in administrator).  Came up with up 284.4 GB of unscannable data in 2 folders: c:/SystemVolumeInformation and c:/windows/system32/logfiles/Wmi/RtBackup.  the windows folder has about 6kb.  System volume information contains about 285GB!  It seems most people having this problem, it appears to be system restore backups.  I've deleted them a couple times through disk cleanup now ,but the files in systemvolumeinformation persist.  Any ideas if these are backups and if I can get rid of them?  Any help is greatly appreciated.  Thanks.

 

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Posted 11 February 2015 - 08:32 AM

Hi pipermac :)

These are indeed "restore points" used by the System Restore feature of Windows. To delete them, right-click on Computer and select Properties. Click on Advanced System Settings in the left pane, and click on the System Protection tab. From there, click on the Configure... button followed by Delete at the bottom. This will delete all the current restore points. Once this is done, I suggest you to create a new one, just in case.

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Posted 11 February 2015 - 08:34 AM

So with the amount of info stating that this was restore copies, led me to try another option:  I disabled restores on my computer (which shoud erase ALL backups) After rebooting this time I was pleasantly surprised to see almost 300GB more space.  I just re-enabled restores, and made one.  If my computer starts filling up crazily fast again I will report back.  I don't know why the disc cleanup delete didn't work, but I hope other people having that issue try this as well.Thanks to the many knowledgable people who post in help sections. You make people's existences a little smoother.



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Posted 11 February 2015 - 08:36 AM

Glad that you found an alternative way to solve your issue pipermac :) You can keep my instructions for the future if you don't feel like disabling the service and restarting your computer.

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Posted 11 February 2015 - 08:45 AM

Hey thanks Aura, looks like we posted at the same time!  I had to go to COMPUTER, properties,System protection (here it gets different) I don't see a configure button, I unchecked drive c:/ then it asked me if i want to turn off system restore.  I clicked yes.  It deleted all of my restores. Rebooted computer, checked hd space, saw my reclaimed digital territory, did a little happy dance, then re-enabled restores and made one.  Will keep an eye on disk space over the next month to see how it goes.  Thanks for the reply!



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Posted 11 February 2015 - 08:46 AM

No problem piper :) I guess there's little differences between Windows Vista and Windows 7 for that procedure I posted, since I based myself off Windows 7. The important is that the issue is solved! Have a good day :)

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Posted 18 February 2015 - 09:26 AM

- The "Disk CleanUp" tool NEVER deletes/touches those System Restore Points (SRP) !!!! Not in XP, Vista or e.g. Win 7.

- There's a program that enables the user to delete one or more of those SRPs. Piriform's Ccleaner.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/ccleaner/

 

Select "Tools" > "System Restore", highlight one or more of those SRPs and hit "Remove".

 

No need to go through such a elaborate & difficult process as you have described.






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