Preventing 'System Volume Information' forming on USB sticks in W10

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  1. Posts : 272
    Win10 32bit v20H2
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    Preventing 'System Volume Information' forming on USB sticks in W10


    I can delete those folders, but the Registry and Policy methods suggested by a Google search for PREVENTING their formation do not work, so is there another effective way ? I want to emphasize that I want the prevention working for USB sticks - NOT USB Hard Drives.
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  2. Bree's Avatar
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    The registry hacks used to work in the version of Windows 10 as first released, but soon stopped working with subsequent versions. I've long since given up trying to find a way to stop the System Volume Information folder appearing on USBs.
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  3. CountMike's Avatar
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    USB sticks are probably indistinguishable from USB connected HDDs, they are all just "External storage".
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  4. Posts : 272
    Win10 32bit v20H2
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    System Volume Information folders on USB peripherals


    I don't mind if those folders do not appear on hard drives either - if that is what it takes to keep them off USB sticks.
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  5. Bree's Avatar
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    CountMike said:
    USB sticks are probably indistinguishable from USB connected HDDs, they are all just "External storage".
    No, the system does distinguish between them. Disk Management shows an external HDD as a Basic disk, just like an internal HDD, but a USB memory stick is shown as Removable. In File Manager you can right-click on a USB stick to eject it, but not on a USB HDD. you can only eject from the taskbar icon.
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  6. Posts : 272
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    Various USB peripherals


    Interesting, but immaterial to my ambition.
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  7. TairikuOkami's Avatar
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    If it is for one computer, apply deny permissions to SYSTEM, since that one should be responsible for it. If it is for more computers, create a deny permissions to Everyone to USB root, it works as malware prevention too.
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  8. Posts : 272
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    I will need a lot more detailed information before your advice can be of use to me.
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  9. pepanee's Avatar
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    Hah. I was reading through this just now, and smiled when I read Bree's first post... because that's Exactly how I am right now!
    I used to be so strict about the creation of those folders on my USB Sticks, but as of today, I can so care less about those folders being on there now! Hahaha. I just found that really funny at how I just noticed that about myself as well! I remember the days when I was so strict about when I want a USB Stick to be "completely" empty, but now, I have USB Sticks laying around randomly with random files sitting in there that I haven't accessed in a while.
    (They're kinda turning into "CD status" over here at the house, haha.
    Poor CDs... they're all sitting in the car garage in a closet, eagerly awaiting for me to visit them.)

    =D
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  10. Posts : 272
    Win10 32bit v20H2
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    Preventing 'System Volume Information' forming on USB sticks in W10 -


    The answer came from a Microsoft site where it said - Disable the Storage Service - then freshly formatted USB sticks will no longer have that folder. It was the second part of that info that made all the difference.

    I can not find anywhere on this page to notify the SOLVED status of this thread.
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