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Windows 7: Is it Safe to Delete Contents of System Volume Info in External Drive

29 Mar 2013   #11
benjy206

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

All external HD have svi and recycle the svi isnt just restore points once you format it and start adding files or programs and run them off the ExHD it creates files in ther


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29 Mar 2013   #12
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I have 2 externals and they don't have any System Volume on they but do have a hidden $Recycle or something like that.
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29 Mar 2013   #13
gregrocker

 

Turn off Virtual Paging File on all drives beside the OS partition, as shown in Change Virtual Memory Paging File.
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30 Mar 2013   #14
nilank

 

Hi joseslepian,

The System Volume Information (SVI) folder on your external drive stores system restore points for all drives on which system restore is active (same is with the SVI folders on other drives), but there it contains more than just restore points as already said so you can't delete it completely (even if you can, it would be back again). Here's all you need to know:

1. Click Start > Right click "Computer" and click "Properties"
2. Now click "System Protection" on the left pane

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3. Now select the External drive from the list and click "Configure"

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4. Now here you can either turn off system restore for that drive, set the amount of disk space you want system restore to use, or delete the existing, old restore points by clicking on "Delete". This will clean up your SVI folder on your external drive.

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Hope this helped.


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30 Mar 2013   #15
gregrocker

 

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30 Mar 2013   #16
nilank

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
What?
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30 Mar 2013   #17
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nilank View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
What?
You kinda sorta repeated what Greg has already posted mate.
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30 Mar 2013   #18
nilank

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nilank View Post
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What?
You kinda sorta repeated what Greg has already posted mate.
Oh, I'm sorry. My bad. Greg was talking about clearing pagefile thing, so I took one step further to explain, in my own simple language, how to "clean" up SVI foler (which OP actually wants to do) by deleting old restore points.

I'm sorry if my post's kinda useless.
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30 Mar 2013   #19
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

How do you see how much space (18%) the System Volume Information folder is using?

I looked in Windows Explorer properties, and Windirstat and both show 0.
I was logged in with MY Administrator account for my screen prints, and this OS partition is using space for restore points.
I don't want to mess with permissions for this folder, but I only see the SYSTEM user listed...
Is that normal...? (no system issues for me)

I had problems with "ghost/unexplained" used space a LONG time ago, and basically what I did to recover the space:
- Copy (backup) all data I wanted to keep to another partition/hard drive/media.
- Format the partition with the space issue
- Copy data back to the partition

Yes, this approach does require space available on some other HD/partition/storage media.

I always believed my issue was caused (by me) using "common data partitions" on a Multi-Boot/Multi-User PC
Maybe I was just lucky fixing my problem...
Experts here may say "Don't do that"...

What I have learned and recommend is always have backups, so a recovery is possible...

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30 Mar 2013   #20
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I thought it was standard for all drives to have a hidden SVI folder. Both of my external usb drives have them but they are taking up no space. The Virtual Memory Paging File is off as is system restore on both drives. Is something wrong then

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I also thought if you store a system image backup on the drive it needs the SVI folder also. Shows what I know


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