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Windows 7: How to delete "System Volume Information" folder on Win 7

12 Feb 2014   #31
alan10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by itsthetooth View Post
Well as far as I understand, it is supposed to be disabled. I have the restore feature turned off which I'm reading should do just that, in addition to removing any files in that folder. But either something else is blocking the access or a file in there is.
WizTree is the fastest way of seeing what is on a disk.
My restore is turned off, but Wiztree shows me five files totalling 8.3 MB within "C:\System Volume Information".
It also shows me 3 files in H:\"C:\System Volume Information".
You can get Wiztree from :-
Antibody Software - Home

Regards
Alan


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12 Feb 2014   #32
itsthetooth

xp sp3
 
 

Thank you for that. I installed it, and scaned. It does show that I have a traffic log in the SVI accounting for 100% and another file called MountPointmanagmentremotedatabase. Info online says the last one is normal, but this one accounts for 0% of the folder. A scan through Trends housecall online virus scan always shows that this traffic log is always there, even after I first formatt the computer. It's locked, how the heck can I get it out? I tried cacls, I made sure my settings were correct in the tools to view and allow access, but I get access denied through both windows and command prompt.
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12 Feb 2014   #33
alan10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by itsthetooth View Post
I tried cacls, I made sure my settings were correct in the tools to view and allow access, but I get access denied through both windows and command prompt.
Have you explored the many facilities that are CRYPTICALLY listed via
CACLS /?

My Laptop had XP and CACLS allowed me full control of S.V.I.

How about ICACLS, which comes in Win7 but not in XP
This is a big brother to CACLS.

Perhaps some third party tool might help you.

Otherwise a Linux or WinPE Boot recovery CD should have full access.
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12 Feb 2014   #34
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Delete it from a live Linux CD like Puppy Linux or Linux Mint?

Good tutorial here: Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS

Forget the part about saving your data, just use it to delete the SVI folder.
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13 Feb 2014   #35
itsthetooth

xp sp3
 
 
Thank you

It's great advice, but it sounds to complicated. I would not be able to learn a new OS. I'm however in agreeance with just deleting the file. I was able to remove the traffic.log that was hiding in the SVI folder, it only had a form with the number "1" in it. It has however since then reappeared.
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13 Feb 2014   #36
itsthetooth

xp sp3
 
 
I had to reinstall windows yesterday

I did a boo boo in the registry and locked myself out of the computer, so had to reinstall windows. Now when I install wiztree, it no longer is able to help me get into that svi file to delete it.
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13 Feb 2014   #37
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Tracking logs

Those are logs created by windows. If you delete them they will be recreated. If you've got any concerns about system volume information on your windows partition all you can really do is to disable system restore - reboot - then enable system restore in order to clear out all old restore points and possible infections that might be hiding in them. As for the rest of what's contained in SVI - it;s best to leave it alone if it's on your windows partition.


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14 Feb 2014   #38
itsthetooth

xp sp3
 
 
Ok, then just a few problems

I don't understand why there would be a "traffic.log" in my restore files. Traffic isn't suppose to be saved in an SVI folder, only restore points. In addition, Trend's house-call is identifying it as a rootkit, that claims to delete it, but it just reappears. I guess house-call could be giving me a false positive. But if that's the case, it still doesn't explain why I'm locked out of that file. I have set the viewing on those folders so that I should have access to them, but I get a pop up box that says access is denied. It does this with the restore turned on or off. It also does it in safe mode. And while it once allowed me to gain access through wiztree and delete it, after another windows reinstall, now wiztree can't delete it. That's pretty odd isn't it?
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14 Feb 2014   #39
alan10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by itsthetooth View Post
I don't understand why there would be a "traffic.log" in my restore files.
I see no such thing.
I see a tracking.log

I remember finding that on Win XP this was a list identifying which volumes were mounted and whether they were being monitored for system restore purposes.

If Wiztree could delete something BEFORE you reinstalled Windows,
and is unable to delete AFTER Windows installation,
that demonstrates that NORMAL WINDOWS SELF PROTECTION is NOW in force,
BUT WAS CRIPPLED before the reinstall.

I envy the adventurous spirit in which you meddle with Windows system files until it is broken, but

WARNING :-

When you SLIGHTLY damage Windows you may again initially fail to recognize that self protection is broken,
BUT any hacker that penetrates malware protection as a result of Windows degradation may access all passwords and bank/credit card information etc that could be exposed.
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14 Feb 2014   #40
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Traffic log?

I see that I managed to mix up traffic.log and tracking.log!

Anyway, my understanding of it is limited but I don't see it on my machine and I've checked through all folders in System Volume Information.

I reckon that you might consider starting a new thread on this. I think that there is a way to force delete this file if you want to but it would be best to have a system image backup before attempting to delete it.

System Restore Points are contained in the System Volume Information folder too.

Here's what's in the SVI folder on my machine:

How to delete "System Volume Information" folder on Win 7-svi_v2jpg.jpg

If I understand correctly you've disabled System Restore and deleted all old system restore points but it's still being detected in SVI?

Now if you're saying that this traffic.log file still exists after a reformat and reinstall of windows then I guess that it must be legitimate. If I've misunderstood what you're saying and you want to go ahead and delete it anyway try the following tool and use it to browse to the file and choose to force delete it. (The risk is that't you'll brick your machine and need to reinstall windows if you haven't made a system image backup).

http://www.sevenforums.com/system-se...-released.html

EDIT:

I paid attention to the advice
alan10 gives in his earlier posts and System Volume Information has been removed from my windows partition and does not get re-created. The method works well.



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