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

29 Mar 2013   #1
joseslepian

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

The System Volume Information folder is taking up about 18% of one of my 2 external hard drives. (I can't remember if I have actively programmed anything to be stored in that file.) In any event, is it safe to delete some of all of the files in that SVI folder?

Thanks much!


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29 Mar 2013   #2
benjy206

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Basically the system volume folder is restore points. I wouldn't really recommened deleting it. It does a lot to keep your links in order. Also is you delete it you probable wouldn't be able to open some applications on it. You can turn off system restore under system settings in control panel. But this will stop restore for you computer also.
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29 Mar 2013   #3
joseslepian

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Thanks for your prompt reply!
Does the system volume folder on my external drive contain restore points for my main (C drive, or only for the drive it's stored on?
In either event, if it's not safe to delete the entire folder, is it safe to delete all files except the most recent file in that folder (and how do I know which one that is)?

Thanks
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29 Mar 2013   #4
benjy206

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

No see it's not just restore points within that folder, it's other things also. If you use a program like Ccleaner to clean it up. That will do fairly well. It cleans what needs to be cleaned.

CCleaner - PC Optimization and Cleaning - Free Download

There is the link for it. If you use it make sure it includes your drive letter from the ExHDD
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29 Mar 2013   #5
joseslepian

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I'm sorry to be such a pain, but when I try to include that ExHDD, cc says that "for safety reasons you cannot select this specific location."
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29 Mar 2013   #6
benjy206

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Oh ok. You will have to you windows cleaner

Disk Cleanup - Open and Use
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29 Mar 2013   #7
joseslepian

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Hmmm, windows cleaner found 0mg of space that could be cleaned. I've given up, but thanks so much for all the advice.
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29 Mar 2013   #8
benjy206

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

There probably is files that could be removed but i can't tell you which or just tell you to remove things becuase you could mess it up and you don't want that to happen.
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29 Mar 2013   #9
gigagiggles

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

"The System Volume Information folder is taking up about 18% of one of my 2 external hard drives."

The percentage can be configured in the System Restore tab for each individual drive; or System Restore turned off for each of the external drives. I have it turned off for all my external drives and 1% for the 700GB main drive, which the OS sees fit to allow a maximum of 10GB for System Restore, 8.8GB currently used. Curiously, there are empty SVI folders in every external drive and, importantly, the properties of the SVI folder in C:\ show it as empty too.

CCleaner has a System Restore tool that lists the available restore points. In the past, when the list was long, I would use the tool to delete the older restore points. So, turning off System Restore will leave the SVI folder and contents intact while deleting older restore points should reduce its size.
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29 Mar 2013   #10
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

System Volume Information Should be on your C:\ drive with the OS. Did the External formerly have an OS on it? It contains more than just restore points.
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