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


  • 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
    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


All replies

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


    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 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