Identify and remove file in "system volume information"


einstein1969

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I'm cleaning the system disk and I have about 4.2 GB of data left inside "volume system information" which I don't know what they are for and I would like to delete them if necessary. Can someone help me?

System restore is disabled, I just did an "on-place" reinstall. I attach images
 

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Did you delete the current restore points (same settings page as other options like disable, set % etc)?
 

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yes I deleted them.
I noticed that when it creates them the space is not allocated in "C:\System Volume Information\SystemRestore" but in "C:\System Volume Information"
 

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A couple of things, have you re started the system since making your changes, can you expand the folder in the tree view (System Restore) to show what files are there?
On my system the System Restore folder shows 0 bytes with it turned off when viewed with Treesize run as admin, there is one folder inside called FRStaging which also shows 0 bytes.
 

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yes i restarted.
 

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You should NOT manually delete files in the "System Volume Information" folder. You can perform some management of the folder contents via the Windows GUI by managing how much space is allocated to System Restore Points, but other than that, DO NOT manually try to remove files in this folder.

There is a good reason why Windows does not allow even Administrator level users to remove files from this folder by default.
 

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You should NOT manually delete files in the "System Volume Information" folder. You can perform some management of the folder contents via the Windows GUI by managing how much space is allocated to System Restore Points, but other than that, DO NOT manually try to remove files in this folder.

There is a good reason why Windows does not allow even Administrator level users to remove files from this folder by default.
Yes I know this, but I'm afraid it's junk from the old versions of windows 10 that I had before. I just did an on-place reinstall and should have removed everything since system restore was not active.
 

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DO NOT manually try to remove files in this folder.

There is a good reason why Windows does not allow even Administrator level users to remove files from this folder by default.
You'd have thought so, but as a (rather drastic) experiment I have just deleted the entire C:\System Volume Information folder (it was a VM, so it wouldn't matter if it crashed and burned). You need to boot from something else to be able to do this, a windows install usb for example, then boot to a command prompt.

On a restart Windows 11 created a new C:\System Volume Information folder and appears to have suffered no ill effects.
 

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Yeah, Windows can rebuild that information, but it can, at least temporarily, affect things like indexing.
 

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    ASUS Prime Z590-A
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    128GB Crucial Ballistix 3200MHz DRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    No GPU - CPU graphics only (for now)
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    Realtek (on motherboard)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP Envy 32
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    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    1 x 1TB NVMe Gen 4 x 4 SSD
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    Additional options installed:
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einstein1969

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I did not understand if I can cancel and how I should do it. Someone can give me some directions, I don't know what to do.
 

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    Windows 11 10.0.22000
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    Asus X555QG
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    AMD A10-9620P 2500MHz 4core + Radeon R5
    Motherboard
    X555QG 1.0
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    RADEON R5+RADEON R6
    Sound Card
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