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Windows 7: Can I get rid of older Win 7 System Volume Information Files?

14 Dec 2014   #1
p23185

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Can I get rid of older Win 7 System Volume Information Files?

On a 256Gb SSD I am already out of space and the largest contributor using WizTree iis a thing called C:\System Volume Information. Is my assumption that these are Win update hidden files needed to do a uninstall of a particular Win 7 update? Can I dump the older ones?

Also - does anyone know why is my 256Gb SSD (Win explorer shows "240Gb usable") only showing 200.1Gb on WizTree ?


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18 Dec 2014   #2
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

That is where your system restore shadow copies are stored. Don't muck with the files in that or any system directory. If you want to reduce the amount used, reduce the amount of space allocated to system restore for that volume.

You could also use vssadmin to manage shadow copies, but I would not recommend that unless you read quite a bit about it and know what you are doing.

Use the tools in windows to clean up disk space. Windows update cleanup can be done through the disk context menu disk cleanup option. Nothing to do with these files.
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18 Dec 2014   #3
p23185

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GeneO View Post
That is where your system restore shadow copies are stored. Don't muck with the files in that or any system directory. If you want to reduce the amount used, reduce the amount of space allocated to system restore for that volume.

You could also use vssadmin to manage shadow copies, but I would not recommend that unless you read quite a bit about it and know what you are doing.

Use the tools in windows to clean up disk space. Windows update cleanup can be done through the disk context menu disk cleanup option. Nothing to do with these files.

OK. I understand. I always use the cleanup tools, and I have gone to deleting stuff including programs that I am not using regularly. BUT this SVI stuff is eating up a FULL half of my expensive 256Gb SSD. I will search for a way to adjust the amount of space allocated for these files - guess it is under the system restore setup? Does that then mean the older files will be dumped automatically OR will it dump the largest files first?
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18 Dec 2014   #4
p23185

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Actually my System Protection tab in my control panel system section has the C:\ drive configured for a max of 5.59Gb with actual usage being reported as 2.29Gb. Surely this is a reporting error!!! My WizTree still shows SVI at 111.6Gb. How does one make it go away?????
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18 Dec 2014   #5
p23185

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by p23185 View Post
Actually my System Protection tab in my control panel system section has the C:\ drive configured for a max of 5.59Gb with actual usage being reported as 2.29Gb. Surely this is a reporting error!!! My WizTree still shows SVI at 111.6Gb. How does one make it go away?????
Opps, I am adjusting the aux Video capture SSD. Now I see my error after POSTING. Sorry
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18 Dec 2014   #6
p23185

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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19 Dec 2014   #7
lite1

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Not an expert at all in these matters. Glad you found the correct area, and I guess you have reduced the %age allocation and hence the pop-up screen message you show as screen capture. My understanding from your prior ?, is that when you reduce the allocation space that System Restore will delete the oldest dated restore points first and move up to the more recent until what is still saved is below your maximum set threshold.

On the screen prior to the one that you show: I don't know your SSD drive setup, and if you have the operating system on C along with programs AND then a separate partition e.g. D for data ... If so, AND if you are doing back ups of your D and data to a separate external HD as most people would do, then make sure that SYstem Restore is NOT set to work on the D drive as this would be (in my opinion) a wasted use of your precious SSD space. Good luck ...
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19 Dec 2014   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Well looking at the proper drive is surly helpful.
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