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Windows 7: tell me how to delete System Volume Information on D:

10 Jan 2013   #31
Kirsebaer

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Hi, I could use a hand with this. I have tried the solution matti suggested but I'm told "access denied", and I can't open the folder either. It's 6gb that's used on nothing :/





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08 May 2013   #32
vlavalle

Windos 7 Home premium
 
 

None of this seems to work on Windows 7 Home Premium. I cannot delete 'System Volume Information' on any drive, whether that be an internal or external drive. This folder is completely meaningless on the non-Windows drives. All the data on these non-Windows drives is mine, and I take 100% control of it all. Windows has nothing to do with these drives, other than allowing my TOTAL access to all of them completely. I want to delete ANYTHING that I do not want or need on any of my drives, especially on non-Windows drives.

So, after trying everything I could find here, and elsewhere online, I still cannot delete this folder (and it sub-folders and files as well). I had this problem with a USB flash drive also, and the only way I could get rid of 'System Volume Information' was to format it in a certain way. Someone suggested using UNIX to do this - how ridiculous! There has to be a way to delete this on non-Windows drives, without Unix. I even tried the Take Ownership utility, and then setting permissions. Nothing works! And all that rhetoric about what this folder is for and that you should not touch is utter rubbish! These are PCs - PERSONAL computers!

Is there anyone that really KNOWS how to delete this folder under Windows?

Vincent 05-07-13
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08 May 2013   #33
vlavalle

Windos 7 Home premium
 
 

I am still trying to delete all of System Volume Information on my non-Windows drives. I just tried the 'attrib' DOS commands describes above, and it still does not get rid of everything (all of System Volume Information). Of course I ran CMD in Administrator mode. Here it the scoop:

The 'attrib' commands simply change the attributes of the folder, and all sub folders & files. I ran HELP on Attrib to see what these options do. I was able to delete files in the root of System Volume Information, but not the sub folder - EfaData, and I never could delete the file named SYMEFA.db in the sub folder EfaData. On some drives, the total size of the System Volume Information folder is zero, and on others it is 2 GB! I have lots of drives.

When I try to delete the file SYMEFA.DB, I get " The Process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process.". Nothing else is using this file or even this drive. But just to make sure, I powered the drive off, saw it removed from my system, and then powered it on again. I still cannot delete it. I then tried going up one level and 'rd EfaData' and got the message "The Directory is not empty."

So, the bottom line here is that this whole process (with the Attrib and RD DOS commands) does not delete System Volume Information either!

Vincent 05-08-13
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08 May 2013   #34
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

vlavalle, do you have Norton installed?

As for deleting System Volume Information, it will just be recreated. You CANNOT get rid of it. The folder itself is part of NTFS, part of the file system.
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08 May 2013   #35
vlavalle

Windos 7 Home premium
 
 
Deleting 'SstemVolume Infrmation"

Logicearth,

Yes, I have NIS 2012. Also, I was able to get rid of System Volume Information off of my 64 GB flash drive, and it did not return. Thus, I should be able to do this with other USB external HDDs, and hopefully, with all internal non-Windows drives as well. IF I am ever able to delete this folder, I will get back to you to let you know if Windows keeps populating the non-Windows drives with this folder. I don't see why it should, but then again, MS does lot of strange nonuser-oriented things! It is as if MS does not use the computer as the rest of the world does.

Vincent 05-08-13
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08 May 2013   #36
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

The "SYMEFA.DB" stuff is Norton.
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