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System Volume Information Folder in Windows 11/10

What is System Folder Volume Information in Windows 11/10? Does it consume huge disk space on your system and grow in size? We will try to answer these questions in this article, and also discuss whether this folder can be deleted.

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System Volume Information Folder

The System Volume Information folder is a protected Windows operating folder. To see it, you need to force Windows to show hidden and protected files and folders. Then you will see it in the root of the drive. It is present in every section of your computer and stores important information, including:

  • System restore points
  • Volume Shadow Copy
  • Indexing Service Database
  • NTFS disk quota settings
  • Distributed Link Tracking Service Database
  • DFS Replication and File Deduplication Service database.
  • It is present in every player by default. However, you can prevent it from being created on USB sticks.

    This folder is not available for hard drive and external drives with NTFS partitions. You also cannot delete them on these drives. You need to grant access to your username through the Properties > Security tab. However, the contents of the folder are available and the folder can be deleted for external drives with exFAT or FAT32 partitions.

    To access the System Volume Information folder, run the following command:

    cacls “drive letter:System volume information” /E /G username:F

    This command adds the specified user to the folder with full control permissions.

    To remove an authorization, run:

    cacls “drive letter:System Volume Information” /E /R username

    Running the following command will show you what is stored in this directory:

    vssadmin shadow storage list

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    The System Volume Information folder is large or huge

    With limited space on hard drives and, even worse, on external drives, the fact that the system volume information folder takes up several GB can be a concern. By default, the System Restore option allows up to 10 GB of System Restore space on each drive. The System Volume Information folder can take up all this space and be larger.

    Can you delete the System Volume Information folder?

    The System Volume Information folder stores important information and you should not delete this folder either, you are not allowed to do so with internal drives and external drives with NTFS partitions. For external drives with exFAT or FAT32 partitions, it’s your choice after weighing the pros and cons.

    You can do two things:

  • Delete all old system restore points and previous versions of files.
  • Limit disk usage to system restore points.
  • Although there is a lot of information stored in the System Volume Information folder, it is not possible to manage all of this information. However, since system restore points take up most of the space in the folder, we can reduce the maximum size that the utility can use on disk. The procedure for limiting disk usage by system restore points is as follows:

    Click “Start” and select “Settings” > “System” > “About” > “System Information”.

    System Information

    Select System Protection from the list on the left.

    System protection

    From the list under Protection Options, select the drive for which you want to delete the system volume information folder and click Configure.

    Tune

    By holding the switch in the “Turn on system protection” position, you can reduce the maximum space allocated for system restore points using the “Maximum Usage” panel. Decreasing the number will reduce the amount that system restore points can occupy in the system volume information folder.

    However, if the folder is already large, you may want to consider deleting system restore points using the Erase button, obviously after weighing the pros and cons.

    Enable system protection

    You can also move the switch to “Disable system protection” to disable the system restore mechanism for the drive, but this should not be done for the system drive.

    Hope this answers your questions.

    System Volume Information Folder

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