system volume information folder corruption

March 18, 2011 at 02:22:06
Specs: Windows XP
I have 2 x patitions on my Notebook which runs WinXp Sp2. The C:\ drive is around 14GB and the D:\ which is around 16GB. When I right click on my C:\ Drive it says that I have less than 1GB free space. This is after I have tidied up the drive. I have around 5 Gb free on the D:\ Drive. If I try and analyse the C:\ with Disk Defragmenter, it gives an error saying that C:\System Volume Information file is corrupt. I believe that the C:\ drive has maybe 6GB of free space but currently the performance is very slow as it thinks it has very little space. Whenever, I try and clean up the disk, it won't let me. How can I fix this c:\system Volume information file so that I can get the system to recognise the free space on the c:\ drive?

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March 18, 2011 at 04:58:04
Try this.

How to Turn On and Turn Off System Restore in Windows XP

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March 18, 2011 at 05:12:39
Hi JohnW,

Thank you for the suggestion. I'll try it when I get home. Out of curiousity, how much disk space does the System Volume Information folder take up with all the restore points? Can I reduce this maybe to increase the free space on the disk? What would be a reasonable size to limit the folder to if this is possible? The OS is Win Xp SP2 or SP3.


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March 18, 2011 at 05:32:04
The System Information folder is used by System Restore. If you haven't altered the System Restore settings, it can take up to 12% of your disk space. If you turn System Restore off, it will purge the folder of all the old System Restore points. You can then re-enable it & adjust the slider to set the folder to a more realistic max size. However, with such a small C: partition, 15% of 14GB is only about 2GB, which is about the size you should be shooting for anyway.

Have you dumped all your accumulated internet garbage? I suggest you download & install CCleaner-Slim & use it regularly:

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March 18, 2011 at 05:38:19
Hi HavantaClue.

You only need System Restore on the drive you have your operating system, I set mine on 200mb. Refer my screenshots.

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March 18, 2011 at 06:43:35
Here are some extra things to do, if you are infected, there will be more work needed.

ATF Cleaner
Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.
Under Main choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
If you use Firefox browser
Click Firefox at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
If you use Opera browser
Click Opera at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.
For Technical Support, double-click the e-mail address located at the bottom of each menu.
This will remove all files from the items that are checked so if you have some cookies you'd like to save, please move them to a different directory first, or use CCleaner.

If your computer is NOT a laptop/notebook then you can stop Hibernate.
Hibernation, reserves disk space equal to your RAM.
The mysterious hiberfil.sys
Go to Control Panel, select Performance and Maintenance, Power Options, Hibernate tab, and uncheck the Enable hibernation box.

Dumping Java cache improves browser performance
"Since I had never done it before, I cleared the Java cache, which took over an hour. I then reduced the cache to 20MB"

Managing your Internet Explorer Temporary Internet Files
Amount of Disk Space to Use.
This shows the amount of disk space that will be allocated for your Temporary Internet Files. By default Windows uses 10 percent of your Windows system partition. This amount can be significant if you use the 10 percent model. It is advised that you change this setting to a lower number such as 50 MB.

Unknown hard drive activity.
Right click an empty part of your desktop > Properties > Display Properties > Desktop > Customize Desktop > Desktop Items.
Down the bottom of that screen, uncheck > Run Desktop Cleanup Wizard every 60 days.
Colour quality
Click > Settings, in Colour quality > Medium ( 16 bit )

You can play around in here, I personally use these settings, but it depends on you own requirements, mine are very basic.
Right-click "My Computer", then "Properties".
Choose the "Advanced" tab. Under "Performance" click "Settings".
In Visual Effects, click on Custom & untick everything, except these 2 > Smooth edges of screen fonts & Use visual styles on windows and buttons ( Default has everything ticked, except > Smooth edges of screen fonts )
Click Apply & then OK.
Processor scheduling & Memory usage, select Programs for both.
Virtual Memory > Change
I use > System managed size

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March 21, 2011 at 08:21:39
Hi Johnw and mickliq,

Thank you both for your suggestions. I've been able to get up to 3.5Gb free space on my C:\ drive now, what with changing the System restore space allocation to 200MB and installatiing the CCleaner software. However, when I try and do a Disk Defragmentation on the C: Drive I still get an erro stating that "Disk Defragmenter cannot continue prescan because there is a corruption in file: C:\System Volume Information". But the file has been deleted whenever I change the System restore. So even the new file is giving this error message. The prescan stops after only 10%. So there is good news and bad news. I have freed up some space but still I can't do a disk defrag to tidy up my C:\ Drive. Any other suggestions? I'm wary of installing any of the other SW in the this discussion. However, I think I would need to maybe install the AFT Cleaner to check and see if there is a virus in thast folder?

Looking forward to some more helpful feedback. Thanking you in advance.


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March 21, 2011 at 15:24:23
"I still get an erro stating that "Disk Defragmenter cannot continue prescan because there is a corruption in file: C:\System Volume Information"

Turn it off completely & then back on, like mickliq says.
How Do I Disable & Re-Enable a System Restore After a Virus Infection?

"The prescan stops after only 10%"
If it is still doing this after purging your restore points, try Safe mode

ATF & CCleaner-Slim should be part of your armory, I use both nearly every day on my own comps.

I will be working on 2 comps today & they ( with other tools ) will be among the first things I run.

With CCleaner, any box you are not sure whether to tick or not, read the manual or google.

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