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Windows 7: Is There a Limit to the Size of a My Documents Folder?

04 Jun 2014   #11

Win 7 Pro 64

Thank you, Callender

This is all making more sense with time.

The one disquieting experience was opening a folder to save a file, days after the CHKDSK experience, finding it and deciding to wait until I had a little more information to properly name the file, and then going to save it again and finding it gone. I'm sure there is a logical explanation, but that doesn't make the experience less disquieting.

I did download swiftsearch. It lives up to its name. I tried to open the folder and encountered "Access Denied." Perhaps 'run as administrator' would give different results? That said, I can see the folder 'System Volume Information' in ZTreeWin, 'run as administrator,' but I cannot view any aspects of it. It must be more than just "read only" in status.

That said, I think I will pass for now on the PowerToolx64V1.6 utility. It looks too powerful, too easy to do something dumb.

The SpaceSniffer equivalent I've tried is TreeSizeFree. It is fast and pretty intuitive.

ZTreeWin is a very powerful tool for the $30 that Kim Henkel now charges for access. I think you can try it for free for a month. I use it almost every day.

I will try exploring some of the aspects with the ZTree forum community.

I think we will call this 'solved.'



My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Jun 2014   #12

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
System Volume Information Folder

You can get access to SVI but it's probably best to leave well alone. If you downloaded Swiftsearch it hopefully shows the filenames so that you can get the dates and times that chkdsk ran.

There's nothing of interest in the files. I've attached an example of a chkdsk log from my machine for you to look at. Your files will contain exactly the same sort of information - in other words it's not useful.


I leave System Volume Information alone and get the same "Access Denied" message but that's the way it's supposed to be. However one function of PowerTool is to force copy locked system files so I used that.

You are wise to avoid PowerTool as if used incorrectly it could brick your machine. I just posted a screenshot to show the location of the log files. I didn't mean for you to download and install it!

All the best.

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