N/APosted on - 06/10/2011
I downloaded Treesize to check on my hard disk drive, and it's folders and subfolders. After scanning the Drive C: I recognize a folder at the bottom of the scan window. The folder name is;
System Volume Information [Access is Denied]
Beside its name is a yellow exclamation point. First of all, I want to know what is the use of System Volume Information? It has 0.0Mb which simply means that there is nothing inside it. Can I just delete it or is it important for my system to run accordingly? If I cannot delete it or if it's part of my Windows XP Professional, How can I gain access to this folder? I try to log on as the administrator, but I still cannot open the folder.
My System Specifications:
I am running NTFS with Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3.
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 1.87 Gigahertz
Motherboard: ASUSek Computer Inc. P5VD2-MX
Display: VIA /S3G UniChrome PRO IGP
Monitor: HP w1907
And also I want to know what is the content of this folder? I searched on the web, and they said it has something to do with the system restore files. I hope someone here can explain to me what is System Volume Information.
Thank you in advance.
Treesize scanned my Drive C
To answer your concern, first let me tell you what System Volume Information is. System Volume Information is where the data needed for System Restore is stored, it stores the data needed so that System Restore can rollback to a previous system setting when need be, this can be used if a person accidentally does something in the system that renders it useless, a person can use system restore in order to rollback to a previous system setting and remove any changes to the system, and System Volume Information holds the data for this to be possible. I advise no to delete it for safety purposes of your system. Now if you want to access it, there is a way. Here's how you do it in XP:
1. Open Windows Explorer then go to Tools then Folder Options.
2. Go to View tab and click Show hidden files and folders then clear the Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) check box
3. Right click the System Volume Information folder in your root folder aka C:
4. Choose Properties and select the Security tab. Click Add.
5. Enter the user name of the user you want give access to it and click OK.
6. Double click on the folder, you may want to restart your computer just to be sure.
I hope this helps you in your concern.
Treesize scanned my Drive C
You have asked 3 questions about System Volume Information Folder:
What is the use of System Volume Information?
This program is in fact a part of restoring your system settings which you made in past. This program actually allows you to set points in time to roll back your computer. This folder is actually located to a place where Windows XP stores these points and information that makes them accessible.
Visibility of folder:
If the System Volume Information Folder is enabled in your computer but you are unable to see it as it is invisible to you then to make it visible please follow these recommendations:
Open local disc drive "C" which is located in My Computer.
Click on tools and then you have to click on Folder options
After clicking it you have to click View and then click Show Hidden Files and Folders
After you have followed these steps then the System Volume Information Folder will no more be Invisible and you can easily see it.
1. Should I delete System Volume Information Folder OR Is it important for my system to run accordingly?
Answer: There are two options for that:
You can either disable this folder
Let this folder to be located in your computer at a place where you first found it.(EXPERTS OPINION)
Disabling the System Restore in Windows XP:
WARNING: Before telling you anything I would like you to know that by disabling System Restore in your computer all the restore points in your computer will be deleted.
1. In the first step, you have to log on as an administrator to Windows XP.
2. In the next step, you have to right click on the desktop icon My computer and then go to the properties.
1. Now as you can see in the below diagram, you have to click the System Restore Tab.
2. Now as the process proceeds, in the coming step you have to put a tick mark next to Turn off System Restore on All Drives.
3. Now by clicking the OK button you’ll be prompted to restart your computer. Click Yes, when that happens.
Experts opinion about disabling System Restore:
It is true that by containing the System Volume Information Folder you will find your space in your disc getting low and more low day by day and you would like to delete it to free some extra space which is consumed by System Volume Information Folder. But through experts opinion I have come to know that a person should not delete this folder as it is very much helpful when there is some problem with OS it uses the System Volume Information folder to restore the from last time. Basically, the reason for consuming a lot of space is that it saves all the restore points in it. Experts have advised that instead of deleting System Volume Information Folder you should use the Windows disk cleanup tool if you really need some space to put your documents there.
There are some steps to use the Windows Disk cleanup which are mentioned below:
In the first step you have to go in My computer icon and then Right click to the folder which contains Windows and then click the Disk Cleanup Option.
When you have clicked the Disk Clean up option then as a result of this another image will appear like below image. Now you have to click More options tab and as a result the computer will show three options.
Now at the bottom of this page you can see System restore section and in this section there is an option called Disk Cleanup.
Now click this option and then click OK to start the cleanup process.
And so this process will remove the oldest restore files and you have more space in your computer so that you can easily store your important documents in your computer.
How to gain access to System volume Information Folder?
Ans: So in order to gain access to System volume Information folder you have to do the following steps in an appropriate section:
In the very first step you have to go in My computer icon which is located at your desktop.
At the very next moment you have to click in tools menu then click the folder options.
Click the Show hidden files and folders.
Now as you can see in the image below. You have to clear Hide protected operating system files.
Now click yes if you are confirmed to do it and then click ok.
Now you just have to click the System Volume Information folder two times one after the other to gain access to this folder.
4. What are the contents of System Volume Information Folder?
As mentioned earlier, this folder restore all the files of your computer and allows you to set points in time to roll back your computer.
Treesize scanned my Drive C
Thank you for those information. I followed every step and was able to access the system volume information successfully. Thanks again.