Remove System Volume Information Folder.

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December 12, 2010 at 05:49:34
Specs: Windows 7, 2.128 GHz / 4029 MB
Hi. I recently installed a dual boot system with Windows 7 64 bit on one partition of my 1tb "C:" drive & Windows XP Pro 32 bit on the other half of the drive. I also have a "D:" drive that I use for storing "My Document's" & lot lot of other non system files. It's basically a backup drive in case my "C:" drive crashes. I also have a 500gb removeable hard drive "H:" where I store the "official" PC backup created by Windows 7 (In case the "D:" drive crashes). Windows doesn't seem to realise that this is a removeable drive & has put the System Volume Information folder on it, along with $Recycle.bin, they are also on the "D:" drive. How do I get rid of these folders off both disks & do I need to somehow let Windows know the my "H:" drive is removeable, thanks.

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#1
December 12, 2010 at 06:10:42
First you should disable System Restore on external drive. System Restore
only protects operating system files so there is no need to have it
running on drives or partitions that contain only data files and/or
backup images.

Use Control Panel - System and go to the System Restore

Second now that they have been created you may find that they are difficult to delete while the system is running as these are system files.

The easiest way is to boot up with a live CD and delete the files that way.

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#2
December 12, 2010 at 06:20:54
Thanks again Mos. I will try as much as I can atm, as it is 1.15am here in Australia. I'll let you know how I got on. There are so many conflicting reports as to how it is done, it's ridiculous. I've read things like I need to be a "proper" Administrtor to I need to format drive drives & start all over again. Will try your way & see how I go. I do know that it won't let me delete them because they are in use. I've gone as far as formating the removable drive, but even then it warns me that it is use. Piscies :)

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#3
December 12, 2010 at 06:22:36
BTW, does it matter which system I disable system restore on or do I have to do it with both?

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#4
December 12, 2010 at 06:26:00
Both, they do not know about each other.

By the way it is Mosaddique, I do not like my name being shortened.

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#5
December 12, 2010 at 07:00:36
Thanks Mosaddique, I appologigise if I upset you by shortenning your name it won't happen again.
Can you just tell me one more thing? When you say to to boot up with a live CD, I assume you mean either the windows 7 or Windows xp disks. If this is correct, is it better to use win 7 disk, because when I just tried it with the xp disk it ran thrrough all the setup files & I saw the external drive light blink meaning it was being used. Then the only options were to install xp, repair xp or exit. Piscies.

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#6
December 12, 2010 at 07:25:18
No, I mean something like a Linux live CD or a WinPE CD.

Tons of Linux and other LiveCDs here:
http://www.livecdlist.com/

This might be a good one to start with:
http://ubuntu-rescue-remix.org/


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#7
December 12, 2010 at 15:44:20
I've had this problem on several of my removeable HDs and finally I managed to remove the 'System Volume Information' folder:

DO NOT DO THIS ON YOUR C: OR YOUR WINDOWS HARDDRIVE!!!!!

Right click desktop and click [New->Shortcut]
Write: cmd.exe

Click [Next] then [Finish]

Right click the cmd.exe icon and click 'Run As Adminstrator"
Now select the external hard drive (F: in my case)

C:\>f:

Now do the following (you can copy paste):
F:\>attrib -s -h /S /D
F:\>attrib -r /S /D
F:\>rd "System Volume Information" /S
System Volume Information, Are you sure (Y/N)? y

And you're DONE ;-)


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#8
December 12, 2010 at 16:41:40
Am I doing something wrong Mattieinars? I log in as administrator in Windows 7, type in C:\>h: ("H:" being my removable drive) & I get a message telling me that "access is denied" to the whole drive. I typed it in exactly as shown & haven't even got to the part about changing the attributes yet as it won't allow me past the first stage. I've also tried it on my storage drive "D:" & get the same error message.
BTW, Mosaddique, I haven't forgotten about your suggestion yet either. I just have have had things to do with Christmas only 12 days away. I've created a boot disk & run that, but when it runs it only gives me 2 choices at the command prompt. One is about doing a memory test & the other tells me to type in "live" then nothing seems to happen. I'm in the process atm of trying to create a boot disk on a USB stick, just for convenience. If either of you can tell me what I'm doing wrong I'd really appreciate it.

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#9
December 12, 2010 at 16:45:09
Which boot disk did you download, burn and use?

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#10
December 12, 2010 at 16:55:04
This might help?
See the solution proposed by Amunar, could this be your problem?
http://forums.techarena.in/xp-hardw...


Did you modify permissions at any time?
If you did this might help:
http://social.answers.microsoft.com...

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#11
December 12, 2010 at 17:20:18
Thanks again for the advice Mosaddique. I downloaded & burned unbutu-resucue-remix-10-10.exe. I have also downloaded the boot disk for the USB stick, usb-creator-r304-0.2.23.exe & have installed that, but it wont let me run it. The "Make startup disk" is greyed out. I have also downloaded unbutu-resucue-remix-10-04.exe, but haven't had a chance to burn that yet. I will also have a look at the other 2 solutiions you have put forward. Thanks again & if I have downloaded the wrong files, could you let me know which one I should use & if there is anything other than "live" to get it to work. I really appreciate the time & effort you are putting into this for me :)

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#12
December 12, 2010 at 18:39:05
Windows automatically makes a hidden System Volume Information folder on every hard drive partition regardless whether it's on a internal hard drive, or on an external hard drive, if the partition is software partitioned and formatted using something Windows recognizes - FAT, FAT32, or NTFS.
If you delete the System Volume Information folder on any hard drive partition, it will re-appear when any change to the data on the partition has been made.

It doesn't, however, make that on a USB flash drive or on a memory card.

Vista and Windows 7 use a slightly different NTFS version on the partitions it makes than XP and 2000 do.
If the partition Vista or Windows 7 is on was NTFS software partitioned and formatted using Vista or Windows 7, when you are dual booting one of those and XP, when you boot Vista or Windows 7 it can see the XP NTFS partition, but when you boot XP it cannot see the Vista or Windows 7 made NTFS partition in My Computer or Windows Explorer.
On the other hand, if you use XP (or 2000) to make all the NTFS partitions, both operating systems can see all the NTFS partitions.

If you set up your dual boot configuration the default way by using the multiboot feature built into XP, or Vista or Windows 7, EVERY TIME you boot XP, ALL the System Restore restore points are DELETED in Vista or Windows 7.
Microsoft has no real fix for that, only workarounds - if you have the Ultimate or Business Vista or Windows 7 version, you can use the BitLocker feature, or you can use another workaround that doesn't always work.
What I did (I have Vista Home Premium and XP MCE 2005) was install a third party boot manager program that can be set to HIDE Vista's or Windows 7's Windows partition from XP while booting into XP, and NOT use the multiboot feature built into the operating system.


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#13
December 13, 2010 at 01:06:55
You need to down load the ".iso" file and burn it using burn image.

Then boot of the burnt CD rather than the hard drive.

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#14
December 13, 2010 at 02:10:55
My appologies Mosddique, the file I actually downloaded was http://ubuntu-rescue-remix.org/file... which I burned to CD then ran it with the results listed above.

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#15
December 13, 2010 at 05:25:49
I get:
Page not found
for the link you have provided.

You need the one from here:
http://ubuntu-rescue-remix.org/Down...
And this is the ISO to download.
http://ubuntu-rescue-remix.org/file...
or this older version:
http://ubuntu-rescue-remix.org/file...

Remember use the burn image option of your burner.
Here are some instructions of how you might do that.
How to burn an ISO image

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#16
May 19, 2011 at 10:38:28
download n instal take ownership
http://www.howtogeek.com/downloads/...

download n instal xyplorer
http://www.4shared.com/file/tA5QNl9...

open xyplorer n browse to folder ''system volume information'', right click n click take ownership, rename folder ''system volume information'' with any name u want and DELETE it...

SO SIMPLE. A+++


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