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can´t delete Files in Folder "System Volume Information"

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  • Hello,

    on a SBS2008 Server (Server2008) we had over 50GB in the Folder "System Volume Information".
    Whit the following Commands i get Access to the Folder, but I can´t delet any Files like {2d05c2e1-d1c2-11e1-91ab-000c299b5a4c}{3808876b-c176-4e48-b7ae-04046e6cc752}. I cant´t get the Owner of such kind of Files.

    takeown /f "C:\System Volume Information" /R /A
    then
    cacls "C:\System Volume Information" /T /C /E /P Administrators:F

    I have to delete the Files, because on the Server System C:\ is only 5GB free Space.
    Virusscanner (Trend Micro WFBS7) can´t find anny Virus or Trojaner in the Folder "System Volume Information", so I think, the System is clean.

    Has anybody an Idea, to help me ?
    Thanks for Answer

    Monday, July 30, 2012 9:01 AM

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  • System Volume Information is a protected folder. You can reduce the size by clearing all System Restore Points

    Jim

    Monday, July 30, 2012 9:41 AM
  • Hi Jim,

    How to reduce the  size by clearing all restore points

    Tuesday, August 11, 2015 6:55 AM
  • Shadow Copies are also stored in the System Volume Information folder. So if you have Shadow Copies enabled, you'll find them in that folder as well. See http://networkadminkb.com/KB/a478/how-to-delete-system-files-from-system-volume-information.aspx for more information.
    Tuesday, August 18, 2015 8:06 AM
  • I had the same issue with my Windows 2012 std server. In one morning while I was doing my daily test, I found that one of my exchange server DB disk is full. After checking I found that E:\System Volume Information" folder is using 80% of total disk.

    After doing some investigation, I found that my EMC networker 8.2.1 backup software which was creating those snapshots. It was not able to delete those snapshot for a month.

    The first thing I did is to restart the server and it has resolve the issue. :)

    Thursday, March 09, 2017 5:35 AM