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Windows 7: Using defragmentation program creates XX.X Gig file

20 May 2010   #1
ECH

Win7
 
 
Using defragmentation program creates XX.X Gig file

Hello,

I need some help to solve a problem that is very annoying. For whatever reason whenever I defrag my hard drive be it Windows 7's version of Perfect Disk a file is created in System Volume Information that is several Gigs. I cannot figure out why this is happening. The file name itself looks like a registry key. I cannot delete it and it is simply removing all HD free space.

Now here's the kicker, it will sometimes grow on it's own for whatever reason. Other times it will reduce in size on it's own. But if I defrag my hard drive it will grow exponentially to 2x, 3x it's current size until I run out of HD space.

Can someone help me remove these files?

Sidenote:
When I look up file name in the registry it's found under FileNotToBackup and it's name is VSS Default Provider.

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20 May 2010   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ECH View Post
Hello,

I need some help to solve a problem that is very annoying. For whatever reason whenever I defrag my hard drive be it Windows 7's version of Perfect Disk a file is created in System Volume Information that is several Gigs. I cannot figure out why this is happening. The file name itself looks like a registry key. I cannot delete it and it is simply removing all HD free space.

Now here's the kicker, it will sometimes grow on it's own for whatever reason. Other times it will reduce in size on it's own. But if I defrag my hard drive it will grow exponentially to 2x, 3x it's current size until I run out of HD space.

Can someone help me remove these files?

Sidenote:
When I look up file name in the registry it's found under FileNotToBackup and it's name is VSS Default Provider.
VSS is windows volume shadow service used to backup and restore. those files may just be restore points. where are they located?
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20 May 2010   #3
ECH

Win7
 
 

C: drive
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20 May 2010   #4
ECH

Win7
 
 

Thank you
Thank you
Thank you
Thank you

With your post I figured it out. I went to:

Right-click My Computer and click Properties
Click System protection to the left
Selected C: drive then click Configure
Click Delete then click OK

Now the files are gone. What a quagmire as I would have never thought it was restore points. Still don't understand why the same file is used when defraging the hard drive.
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20 May 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello ECH.



Just a suggestion, don't disable system restore use "configure" to set it at something small like 2GB, you never know if/when SR may save your bacon.
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21 May 2010   #6

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Or you can just hit WinKey Break then System Protection and turn it off, do the defrag, backup whatever, then turn it back on and make a restore point. It's safer if you already have a backup image of your system though, before turning it off temporarily.

Or you can use CCleaner and just delete all but the newest, right before a defrag or backup.
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