How do I delete files on system volume information?


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    How do I delete files on system volume information?


    How do I delete files on system volume information?-37663831_10156659877732235_6277734069115551744_n.jpgI have about 58GB unneeded data trapped in "system volume information>file protector" and im not able to delete it.
    Things I have tried so far:
    1. deleting every system restore and even turning it off.
    2. Disabled acronis data protection and even uninstalled it.
    and a few other minor stuff. When I click to delete it from "treesize" it shows as its being deleted only for it to re-appear a second later. I also have "easeUS partition master" installed but I dont think that is causing it. Also "system volume information" folder does not even appear on my C:\\ drive. I can only see it with "treesize" program.
    Anyone knows how to remove this data?
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  2. spunk's Avatar
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    System Volume Information is used for System Restore Points. You can limit the amount of space that System Restore uses. to go deeper,. try these suggestions How do I delete huge files from System Volume Information - Microsoft Community
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  3. Bree's Avatar
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    spunk said:
    System Volume Information is used for System Restore Points...
    That is true, but the FileProtector and FileStorage folders are apparently nothing to do with System Restore, they're not even anything to do with Microsoft! See this thread on another Windows 10 forum.

    ...The offending program has now been identified. The updated Acronis True Image New Generation app that I installed recently has a feature called Active Protection ... The app is apparently designed to take up to 20% of the C: drive space, hence my 40GB FileProtection folder....
    Apparently there was a minor bug in Acronis....

    After working with the Acronis support group for weeks to identify the problem with these massive FileProtection folders, they advised me that they had found a bug with the Active Protection feature that causes this issue...
    System Volume Information - FileProtector folder | Windows 10 Forums

    Oh, and how to delete them? Well, booting from something (anything) else usually works. Try a Linux Live boot usb or the Command Prompt from a Windows install or recovery drive usb.

    PS: Windows itself isn't entirely innocent in this respect. I once had to remove an AppxStaging folder from my System Volume Information folder that was using about 9GB. Like here...
    Dead Storage I Cant Delete - Microsoft Community
    Last edited by Bree; 23 Jul 2018 at 00:26.
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  4. TairikuOkami's Avatar
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    Resize it, 320MB is a minimum, that should purge it as well, but you can also use the command.
    Code:
    vssadmin Resize ShadowStorage /For=C: /On=C: /Maxsize=320MB
    vssadmin delete shadows /for=c: /all /quiet
    System Volume Information is also used for Windows Backup and File History.
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    Thank you all so much for the suggestions and guides, I will try stopping services in safe mode and see if I can delete the folder or if not, search for linux live and try to delete it from there and I will update as soon as I done those. Will have to look for linux live though first.
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  6. spunk's Avatar
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    You can try the Knoppix Live CD: Knoppix Download
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  7. Bree's Avatar
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    spunk said:
    You can try the Knoppix Live CD: Knoppix Download
    As a life-long Windows 'geek' I have little experience of or skills with Linux. Of those I've tried I find Knoppix the easiest to get to grips with. The Live USB is better (faster) than the CD, that's what I keep in my toolkit for such occasions.

    If you find you really can't get on with Linux, boot to Advanced Start up from a Recovery Drive usb and use the Command Prompt. Don't bother including system files if you make a recovery drive, you don't need them for this.

    Create Recovery Drive in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
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