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Windows 7: How to stop System Volume Info folder growing on Sys. Res. Partition?

25 May 2015   #1
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 
How to stop System Volume Info folder growing on Sys. Res. Partition?

Hi guys, just wondering if anyone had a solution to this.

I have my System Reserved partition set up as a 300mb partition. I set this as a custom size to get around the System Image backup error when it was just at 100mb.
I also keep my WinRE Recovery folder on there instead of on My C: partition.

Never had any problems with it until recently. The System Volume Information folder keeps growing and leaving me with little space on the partition, which again causes the Image backup errors.

So, how can I stop that folder from growing? I've tried all the obvious solutions like Disk Cleanup, Defrag, Deleting USN journal, Malware and A/V scans. I don't actually know what is writing to this partition/folder. From what I understand, that folder is specifically for System Restore? Even with it turned off the folder doesn't shrink down.

I'd like to keep my System Reserved partition. The only solution I can think of is to temporarily make the C: Drive the boot drive, delete the SR partition and then recreate it and set it back as the boot drive. But if that folder fills up again, I'll have to go through it all again.

But if there is another solution anyone has I'd love to hear it.

Thanks


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25 May 2015   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

What system backup image error ?

The SR partition should never grow, should never have a letter.(If you gave it a letter)

Unless you use Bitlocker, there is no reason to have a SR partition.

Why don`t you just reinstall windows to a pre defined partition ?
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25 May 2015   #3
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
what system backup image error ?

The SR partition should never grow, should never have a letter.

There`s no reason to even have a SR partition.
The SR partition doesn't have a letter, it isn't the partition growing just that folder.

It's got me out of a couple of scrapes when I've not had my recovery disk handy, so I always like to keep it.
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25 May 2015   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

How has it gotten you out of a couple of scrapes ?

Mark C Active and put the System files on C, get rid of the useless SR partition, then make an image.

You don`t need a SR partition.


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25 May 2015   #5
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
How has it gotten you out of a couple of scrapes ?

Mark C Active and put the System files on C, get rid of the useless SR partition, then make an image.

You don`t need a SR partition.
Hey AddRam, deleting it is not really an option for me I'm afraid. I keep my custom winre.wim file on there and my recovery bcd entries point to it. So I'd really like to keep it.
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25 May 2015   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Alrighty then

I guess you`ll have to live with backup errors then.

I`ve never used a SR partition once I learned to eliminate it and use Windows imaging and Macrium and I`ve never had an issue, either with a re image to the same drive or to a new drive.
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25 May 2015   #7
DavidE

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Have you tried using a program such as WizTree or TreeSizeFree ?
Those programs should list the files in the System Volume Information folder.
Maybe you could figure out from that info what is writing to the folder.
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25 May 2015   #8
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Alrighty then

I guess you`ll have to live with backup errors then.

I`ve never used a SR partition once I learned to eliminate it and use Windows imaging and Macrium and I`ve never had an issue, either with a re image to the same drive or to a new drive.
The default system reserved is pretty useless but it can be useful when putting your WinRE files on there. But just as a boot drive, yeah it's pretty pointless.
I like Macrium too but the free version lacks the incremental backups which I do like about the Windows Tool.
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25 May 2015   #9
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
Have you tried using a program such as WizTree or TreeSizeFree ?
Those programs should list the files in the System Volume Information folder.
Maybe you could figure out from that info what is writing to the folder.
Thanks David, I'll take a look at those and see if I can work out what's writing to the folder. It's only started happening recently.

Worst comes to worst I can recreate the partition. Not a huge chore just minor inconvenience
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25 May 2015   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Incremental backups of data ?

You should not be storing data on your C drive, therefore there is no reason to do backups.

Store your data elsewhere, and make new images when the urge hits you, like weekly, at least.

I mean, where do you store Inc backups
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