Ghost Space taken by Recovery folder with HS Attribute

mbradley672

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In trying to clean up some space I discovered that there are three Folders that are HS Attributed and cannot be seen in Explorer.

I have disabled Recovery and have attempted to delete the folder as well as just a plain restart but to no avail.
Below is a screenshot of WinDirStat

And this is how much it is showing in Explorer


Any ideas?
 

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I have never deleted that folder, but something telling me you have to give yourself a full permission.

Try the attached file to add take ownership to the right-click menu in windows explorer.
 

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    Realtek ALC671
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    Samsung SyncMaster U28E590
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In trying to clean up some space I discovered that there are three Folders that are HS Attributed and cannot be seen in Explorer.

I have disabled Recovery and have attempted to delete the folder as well as just a plain restart but to no avail.
Below is a screenshot of WinDirStat
Welcome to Eleven Forum mbradley672

The H attribute is for 'Hidden' but the S attribute means it's a System file. Unless you really know what you're doing you should NOT delete System files.

And yes, you can see them in Explorer, but first you must un-tick 'Hide protected operating system files (recommended)' in Options.

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Of the the folders, Recovery is uses for booting to Advanced Start up and usually contains little or nothing.

$Recycle.Bin is where your deleted files get moved to, you can clear that by emptying your Recycle Bin.

System Volume Information is where all your restore points are held. There are a few other things it's used for, but they take very little space. You can see how much space is in use for restore point in Settings > System >Storage.

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Click 'Manage system restore' to delete or configure restore points. Or just turn off system protection which will delete all existing restore points and prevent any new ones being created.

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System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
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    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB HDD
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. Now 11 has been released it has been re-imaged back to 10 and awaits the upgrade to be offered in Windows Update.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    i5 M 520
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    4GB
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.

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Below is a screenshot of WinDirStat
Your WinDirStat screenshot says the three HS folders are zero size. I prefer TreeSizeFree. When run as administrator you can see the contents of those folders.

Before deleting restore points in 'Manage system restore':

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And after:

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My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB HDD
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. Now 11 has been released it has been re-imaged back to 10 and awaits the upgrade to be offered in Windows Update.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    i5 M 520
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    4GB
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
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