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Windows 7: System Volume Information Tracking Log ???

17 Jan 2018   #1
BuckSkin

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
System Volume Information Tracking Log ???

On the machine in question, just a couple weeks ago, I installed two brand-new internal HDDs, both WD, one is a 160-GB that only has the O/S; the other is a 2-TB WD Blue that contains two partitions, approximately 1650-GB partition is Pictures, and the remaining space is All Other Data.

Since installing these HDDs, I have used Synchredible several times to copy the contents of both storage drives to another 2-TB WD HDD; this one is in an external enclosure; I have Synchredible set to duplicate the two drives/partitions onto the external back-up HDD.

I just finished running Synchredible, two separate operations, and got a warning flag on both; "System Volume Information \ Tracking .log could not be copied etc. etc."

I have never seen this before and no such file or whatever it is shows up in Explorer.

I Google-searched, got a gazillion references, and am more confused now than before.

What is this mystery file; why has it all of a sudden showed up in both of my storage drives; and can I hunt it down and delete it ?

Thanks for reading.


On EDIT: I just selected to show hidden files and folders and could not see this mystery file.

I also looked in Disk Management and there was no evidence of anything there either.

Regardless, Synchredible can see whatever it is and refuses to copy it.


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17 Jan 2018   #2
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi Buckskin,

Nice tool that and free to boot, just been reading the softpedia review
Dont know enough about it but as the message is generated from it, you could shoot over to thier forum

However
The folder and log is the W7 System restore option, have you made any changes to it
(created new partition added a drive??)


Roy
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17 Jan 2018   #3
BuckSkin

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by torchwood View Post
The folder and log is the W7 System restore option, have you made any changes to it
(created new partition added a drive??)


Roy

I just did check on System Restore, restore points and such, to see if something weird was going on.

I have no idea why, but System Restore was turned off for all drives.

When I got the new HDD for the O/S, I cloned the old HDD to the new and usually all attributes and settings ride along with the cloning, but somehow System Restore managed to get turned off.


I also find it puzzling that I cannot see this folder/file, even with "show hidden folders/files" turned on.

Each time I run Synchredible, I compare Properties of source and target, comparing the total Bytes, and file and folder count, to make certain that everything is present and accounted for; this mystery folder throws my count off.


As for the Synchredible forum, I had visited it quite some time back with a question; I visited again recently, using the same link that I had used before, and I now end up on a page where everything is in German; it is the Synchredible forum, just in German; I could not find an option to see the English version.
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17 Jan 2018   #4
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

I popped over to it

Has an English forum - under the German one scroll down,

Roy
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17 Jan 2018   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
 
 

I use Macrium to Clone.
When a Clone is made it does not clone the Restore Points.
When you boot into the Clone you should restart the protection so the clone can start making Restore points when used.

My understanding for this is; when you make a Clone you are cloning a clean, proper working system. Restore Points might have been compromised so they are not cloned over to the new drive/ssd.

Jack
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17 Jan 2018   #6
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

If you use a program such as Tree Size Free and run it as administrator, you will find Tracking.log in the System Volume Information folder.
I would not worry that it is not copied.

System Volume Information Tracking Log ???-trackinglog.jpg


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17 Jan 2018   #7
BuckSkin

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by torchwood View Post
I popped over to it

Has an English forum - under the German one scroll down,

Roy
Thanks for checking it.

Well, that sure is weird; I just then used the same link that last night took me to a page where everything was in German and, right now, it is back in English; they must have been doing some site maintenance or something and are now finished.


I have been studying this thread and a lot of it is way over my head:

How to delete folder on Win 7 Solved - Page 6 - Windows 7 Help Forums

I do have a Linux O/S on the machine in dual-boot; I can see this System Volume Information folder via Linux.
The tracking.log file in the folder says it is an executable text file, size 20.5KB

From what I gather, if I delete this folder, it will just come back; I can see no benefit of it being in each of my two storage partitions.
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17 Jan 2018   #8
BuckSkin

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
I use Macrium to Clone.
When a Clone is made it does not clone the Restore Points.
When you boot into the Clone you should restart the protection so the clone can start making Restore points when used.

My understanding for this is; when you make a Clone you are cloning a clean, proper working system. Restore Points might have been compromised so they are not cloned over to the new drive/ssd.

Jack
Thanks ! That makes perfect sense to me and is probably why System Protection was turned off on my fresh clone.
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17 Jan 2018   #9
BuckSkin

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pbcopter View Post
If you use a program such as Tree Size Free and run it as administrator, you will find Tracking.log in the System Volume Information folder.
I would not worry that it is not copied.
Thanks for the info and link to the new tool.

I don't guess the folder's presence is of any harm, but I would like to know why it has all of a sudden showed up in the two partitions of my storage HDD.

I guess to bring my math calculations back in order, instead of using the entire Drive letters as source and target, I could instead create a single main folder in each drive and move the existing folders under it as sub-folders; thus, this SVI folder would remain outside the realm of my Synchredible back-up plan.

I should have implemented a single top-of-the-tree folder when I created these drives, but I was trying to keep my paths under the 256 character limit that seems to plague me quite often.
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