Windows 10: How do I delete files on system volume information?

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  1. pezhmank Win User

    How do I delete files on system volume information?


    How do I delete files on system volume information? [​IMG]
    I have about 58GB unneeded data trapped in "system volume information>file protector" and im not able to delete it.
    Things I have tried so far:
    1. deleting every system restore and even turning it off.
    2. Disabled acronis data protection and even uninstalled it.
    and a few other minor stuff. When I click to delete it from "treesize" it shows as its being deleted only for it to re-appear a second later. I also have "easeUS partition master" installed but I dont think that is causing it. Also "system volume information" folder does not even appear on my C:\\ drive. I can only see it with "treesize" program.
    Anyone knows how to remove this data?

    :)
     
    pezhmank, Jul 22, 2018
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  2. Syed Md Bilal Win User

    Removing errant files in the "System Volume Information" folder under Windows 10.

    Hi,

    Thank you for posting your response.

    I suggest you to first stop Volume Shadow Copy service and try to remove the files and check. Follow the steps provided below:

    Step 1: Stop Volume Shadow Copy service


    • Press Windows logo Key + R key.

    • Type services.msc.

    • Search for Volume Shadow Copy service.

    • Right click on it and select
      Stop.
    Now, take ownership of the System volume Information folder and then try to delete its contents.

    Step 2: File permissions.

    • Right click on System volume Information folder.
    • Select Properties.
    • Go to Security tab.
    • Select the user name.
    • Click on Edit button.
    • Under permission to Authenticated user, check on full control.
    • Click on Apply and OK button.

    Hope it helps. Do let us know the status of the issue. If you need further assistance, get back to us. We will be glad to assist you.
     
    Syed Md Bilal, Jul 22, 2018
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  3. Jordan Dom Win User
    System Volume Information contains redundant historical "System Volume Information" files using 80% of my disk

    Hi,

    There are different options available in the Windows 10 operating system that allow you to manage the disk drives on your computer. This includes formatting disk drives or cleaning up junk files.
    The system volume information folder contains the system restore point entries,
    data used by the content indexing service databases that speed up your file searches, the volume shadow copy service for backups, and the distributed link tracking service databases used to repair shortcuts and links.

    Usually, it is not recommended to delete the entries from the System volume information since Windows needs this files. For us to resolve your concern, kindly attempt the steps below to shrink the size of the System Volume Information
    folder:

    • Press the Windows key + x to open the Quick link menu and from the list select
      Control panel.
    • Select System and Security and then from the options presented choose
      System.
    • On the left had the panel of the System information window, select the option
      System protection.
    • Once you have the System properties window open, select the
      System protection tab and then click on the button labeled configure.
    • You can now control how much disk space Windows uses for System Restore points.

    Once you complete the steps you can now attempt to delete the folder and check if this improves the storage space you have on the disk drives.

    We look forward to your response once you complete the steps.
     
    Jordan Dom, Jul 22, 2018
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  4. Frederik Long Win User

    How do I delete files on system volume information?

    Delete 250GB of SYSTEM VOLUME INFORMATION

    Here you go:

    • Turn off the System Restore facility.
    • Open an elevated command prompt with cmd.exe.
    • Type these commands::

      cd \ {Enter}

      takeown /F "System Volume Information" /R {Enter}

      cacls "System Volume Information" /T /G everyone:F {Enter}

      cd "System Volume Information" {Enter}

      attrib -s -h -r *.* {Enter}
    • You can now delete all files whose names look like so:

      {63ae410a-f958-11e6-8f66-3052cb1e8be2}{3808876b-c176-4e48-b7ae-04046e6cc752}

      You do it like so:

      1. Type the letters del then press the Space bar.

      2. Press the Tab key until you see one of these files.

      3. Press the Enter key.
    • Turn System Restore on again.
     
    Frederik Long, Jul 22, 2018
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