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System Volume Information folder occupied 100 gb

  1. #1


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    Windows 7 / Windows 8

    System Volume Information folder occupied 100 gb


    I have been noticing recently, my C drive gets occupied fully even if there are no bigger programs installed.
    Out of 150gb, after uninstalling few programs, the space left was 30gb. Day by day it started decreasing and i saw 20gb today.

    I used the disk cleanup tool and it shows only 100mb after selecting all fields.


    I was worried still that space was not freeing and ran this program WinDirStat. Here are the screenshots.
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    System Volume information folder occupies 75% of space - meaning 100gb.
    There are lot of files which were around 1gb - 2gb and they are created from 2013.

    Can somebody tell me why 100 gb? I read that this service is important but why is it taking this much of space..please help to remove these unwanted older files if any.

    FYI, I tried below options after googling and also searching in this forum:
    • Used disk clean up tool and selected more options > system restore and shadow copies > delete
    • Disabling and Enabling System restore
    • Deleting shadow copies through VSSAdmin Delete Shadows command
    • Virus scan in System Volume Information folder (after taking ownership of that folder) through Kaspersky and ESET SS
    • Manual delete of the files.
    • Selecting delete option in System Protection > Configure
    • Changing maximum usage to some x%


    I have tried all these methods but still those files are existing. Please help




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    System Volume Information contains:
    1. System Restore points
    2. Distributed Link Tracking Service databases for repairing your shortcuts and linked documents.
    3. Content Indexing Service databases for fast file searches
    4. Information used by the Volume Shadow Copy.


    Since you cannot delete anything from this folder while Windows is running. The quick way is to delete the whole folder using Linux Slacko Puppy.
    1. Download the ISO (160MB) :Slacko Puppy Linux . Click one of the link shown on screen shot #1.
    2. Create a bootable USB Using Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way
    3. Boot from USB, the screen should look like the screen shot. From the bottom left #2 of the screen. The HDs mounted as sda1, sda2 ... and one of these is your C: Drive.
    4. Find the System Volume Information, right click and delete it.
    5. Disconnect the USB and reboot Windows, a new System Volume Information folder should be created


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    Windows 7 / Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    System Volume Information contains:
    1. System Restore points
    2. Distributed Link Tracking Service databases for repairing your shortcuts and linked documents.
    3. Content Indexing Service databases for fast file searches
    4. Information used by the Volume Shadow Copy.


    Since you cannot delete anything from this folder while Windows is running. The quick way is to delete the whole folder using Linux Slacko Puppy.
    1. Download the ISO (160MB) :Slacko Puppy Linux . Click one of the link shown on screen shot #1.
    2. Create a bootable USB Using Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way
    3. Boot from USB. From the bottom left #2 of the screen. The HD mounted as sda1, sda2 ... and one of these is your C: Drive.
    4. Find the System Volume Information, right click and delete it.
    5. Disconnect the USB and reboot Windows, a new System Volume Information folder should be created

    ok..but is it safe to delete them that way? later OS problems will not come right?
    Also let me know if I have to delete all the files in that folder or only few?
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    ok..but is it safe to delete them that way? later OS problems will not come right?
    Also let me know if I have to delete all the files in that folder or only few?
    I've done it and nothing broke. Just delete the whole folder, a new one will be created.
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    Windows 7 / Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    ok..but is it safe to delete them that way? later OS problems will not come right?
    Also let me know if I have to delete all the files in that folder or only few?
    I've done it and nothing broke. Just delete the whole folder, a new one will be created.
    Ok bro..one last thing..My laptop came with W8 pre-installed. So there is factory image which is useful to restore system.
    So that wont be affected right if we delete all these files?
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    My laptop came with Windows 8 pre-installed. So there is factory image which is useful to restore system.
    So that wont be affected right if we delete all these files?


    No, should not affect anything.
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    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    @topguncp, any thoughts on how to stop the situation from reoccurring? If the files were Restore Points (volume shadow copies) Tejo should be able to confirm that by comparing the vssadmin list shadows command against the list he showed in the attachment?

    It just seems something has gotten out of control and needs to be determined what and why. If limiting the space used for shadow copies might help, what number should be used?

    I have seen other threads where this appears to be happening. Currently my C: drive only shows 3 Shadow Copies...it is only a 124 GB partition and is showing 3.45 GB used out of 6.21 GB available, which is 5% of the drive.

    Also, I was wondering why, if they were shadow copies, VSSadmin could not remove them...?

    Anyway, just thinking out loud....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
    @topguncp, any thoughts on how to stop the situation from reoccurring? If the files were Restore Points (volume shadow copies) Tejo should be able to confirm that by comparing the vssadmin list shadows command against the list he showed in the attachment?

    It just seems something has gotten out of control and needs to be determined what and why. If limiting the space used for shadow copies might help, what number should be used?

    I have seen other threads where this appears to be happening. Currently my C: drive only shows 3 Shadow Copies...it is only a 124 GB partition and is showing 3.45 GB used out of 6.21 GB available, which is 5% of the drive.

    Also, I was wondering why, if they were shadow copies, VSSadmin could not remove them...?

    Anyway, just thinking out loud....

    Good point actually.. followed the method thru linux and deleted those shadow copies..saved 90gb.
    But we need to find out how to stop it from reoccuring.
    I set the limit space for shadow copies as 2%. But the real problem was why those were not getting deleted even thru vssadmin commands and delete option.
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    I suppose what happens next depends on the activity you see in the folder. We can hope, removing the folder will have removed any corruption that might have contributed to the problem.

    If the files start building up again, it will be up to you to keep track of when they are created to see if you can tie it to anything. Maybe some type of task, or a piece of software, or whatever. Keep us advised...
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    But the real problem was why those were not getting deleted even thru vssadmin commands and delete option.
    If you type: vssadmin delete shadows /?, you get the help below:
    vssadmin 1.1 - Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
    (C) Copyright 2001-2013 Microsoft Corp.

    Delete Shadows /For=ForVolumeSpec [/Oldest] [/Quiet]
    Delete Shadows /Shadow=ShadowId [/Quiet]
    Delete Shadows /All
    - For the given ForVolumeSpec deletes all matching shadow copies.
    If /Oldest is given, the oldest shadow copy on the volume is deleted
    If /All is given, then all shadow copies on all volumes that can be
    deleted will be deleted. If /Shadow=ShadowId is given, the shadow copy
    with that Shadow Copy ID will be deleted. Only shadow copies that have
    the ClientAccessible type can be deleted.

    - The Shadow Copy ID can be obtained by using the List Shadows command.
    When entering a Shadow Copy ID, it must be in the following format:
    {XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXXX}
    where the X's are hexadecimal characters. This ID can be obtained
    through the List Shadows command.

    Quote Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
    I suppose what happens next depends on the activity you see in the folder. We can hope, removing the folder will have removed any corruption that might have contributed to the problem.

    If the files start building up again, it will be up to you to keep track of when they are created to see if you can tie it to anything. Maybe some type of task, or a piece of software, or whatever. Keep us advised...
    That's what I thought and while you guys discussed about this, I did try to create restore points then delete with Vssadmin and It worked perfectly. Since you have accumulated about 100GB's over the year, I would think that the Folder is badly corrupted.

    You can try to manually create a couple of restore points then use VssAdmin to delete to see how it goes. If it does not work then you have a problem. It's time to start monitoring the event log on Volume Shadow Copy.
    @topguncp, any thoughts on how to stop the situation from reoccurring? If the files were Restore Points (volume shadow copies) Tejo should be able to confirm that by comparing the vssadmin list shadows command against the list he showed in the attachment?

    It just seems something has gotten out of control and needs to be determined what and why. If limiting the space used for shadow copies might help, what number should be used?

    I have seen other threads where this appears to be happening. Currently my C: drive only shows 3 Shadow Copies...it is only a 124 GB partition and is showing 3.45 GB used out of 6.21 GB available, which is 5% of the drive.

    Also, I was wondering why, if they were shadow copies, VSSadmin could not remove them...?
    I found out over the years that Restore Points are very unreliable and become corrupted after a while, and in the last week I was involved in helping 2 other cases with it.
    His problem is unique as it does not happen to you. Myself, the first thing I do after Windows Installation is to turn the dam thing off and make a backup image and that is the sure way. I don't like the idea of restore points sitting in the same place where Windows is and beleive it or not, the $RECYCLE BIN and System Volume Information are where Hackers love to inject their Viruses into.

    Here's another glitch about Restore Point. See the screen shot. In the past I have seen as many as 40 listed on other people PC.

    Click image for larger version
    Last edited by topgundcp; 08 Jul 2014 at 12:00.
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