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turn off use of System Volume Information

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Frank, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. Frank

    Frank Flightless Bird

    How do I disable the use of the "System Volume Information"
    directories to store MBs of deleted data? Especially on several
    drives where I manipulate large data files, I end up having to
    manually delete all the files and subdirectories every few days.

    I do NOT want any Restore Point capability; I want to have files
    deleted when I choose to do so.
     
  2. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    See http://bertk.mvps.org/html/diskspace.html &
    http://bertk.mvps.org/html/healthy.html#Adjust

    Frank wrote:
    > How do I disable the use of the "System Volume Information"
    > directories to store MBs of deleted data? Especially on several
    > drives where I manipulate large data files, I end up having to
    > manually delete all the files and subdirectories every few days.
    >
    > I do NOT want any Restore Point capability; I want to have files
    > deleted when I choose to do so.
     
  3. Paul

    Paul Flightless Bird

    Frank wrote:
    > How do I disable the use of the "System Volume Information"
    > directories to store MBs of deleted data? Especially on several
    > drives where I manipulate large data files, I end up having to
    > manually delete all the files and subdirectories every few days.
    >
    > I do NOT want any Restore Point capability; I want to have files
    > deleted when I choose to do so.


    http://www.wikinfo.org/index.php/System_Restore:_Limitations_and_Complications

    That would suggest to me, you want to

    1) Disable System Restore on all partitions except C:
    Control of which partitions are tracked, is shown here.

    http://www.winxpfix.com/pics files/system-restore.jpg

    2) On the C: partition, only store user data files in
    My Documents. That way, they won't be tracked.

    That might avoid some of the undesired side effects.

    If you store user data in C:/downloads for example, then that
    would be tracked. I only discovered this, the hard way (by noticing
    my user data had changed).

    If you want to be absolutely sure that no files are
    tracked at all, then just turn it off entirely. You
    can replace the function, with backups of your C: drive.
    That is better than nothing.

    Paul
     
  4. im

    im Flightless Bird

    Re: turn off use of System Volume Information - SystemProperties.JPG (0/1)

    XP Pro SP3 -- I do not have a "System Restore" tab. Just
    General Computer Name Hardware
    Advanced Auto Updates Remote

    Looking through all the tabs, I don't see any SR references.
    Also looked through the Manage option without luck, although there was
    a reference to the (non-existent) SR tab on the properties menu.

    I believe at one point I had to turn off simple file sharing in order
    to get access to the System Volume Information folder. Is that
    relevent?

    (I'm attaching a small JPG of the properties window -- if I'm allowed)

    On Sun, 11 Jul 2010 00:58:53 -0400, "PA Bear [MS MVP]"
    <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote:

    >See http://bertk.mvps.org/html/diskspace.html &
    >http://bertk.mvps.org/html/healthy.html#Adjust
    >
    >Frank wrote:
    >> How do I disable the use of the "System Volume Information"
    >> directories to store MBs of deleted data? Especially on several
    >> drives where I manipulate large data files, I end up having to
    >> manually delete all the files and subdirectories every few days.
    >>
    >> I do NOT want any Restore Point capability; I want to have files
    >> deleted when I choose to do so.
     
  5. im

    im Flightless Bird

    Re: turn off use of System Volume Information - SystemProperties.JPG (1/1)
     
  6. Donald Anadell

    Donald Anadell Flightless Bird

    Re: turn off use of System Volume Information - SystemProperties.JPG (0/1)

    "im" <im@home.com> wrote in message
    news:eek:7mi36h3jq0f0uljp5ffgl010699biab8j@4ax.com...
    > XP Pro SP3 -- I do not have a "System Restore" tab. Just
    > General Computer Name Hardware
    > Advanced Auto Updates Remote


    If you are not logged in as an Administrator, the "System Restore" tab will
    not be displayed.

    Good luck,

    Donald Anadell



    >
    > Looking through all the tabs, I don't see any SR references.
    > Also looked through the Manage option without luck, although there was
    > a reference to the (non-existent) SR tab on the properties menu.
    >
    > I believe at one point I had to turn off simple file sharing in order
    > to get access to the System Volume Information folder. Is that
    > relevent?
    >
    > (I'm attaching a small JPG of the properties window -- if I'm allowed)
    >
    > On Sun, 11 Jul 2010 00:58:53 -0400, "PA Bear [MS MVP]"
    > <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote:
    >
    >>See http://bertk.mvps.org/html/diskspace.html &
    >>http://bertk.mvps.org/html/healthy.html#Adjust
    >>
    >>Frank wrote:
    >>> How do I disable the use of the "System Volume Information"
    >>> directories to store MBs of deleted data? Especially on several
    >>> drives where I manipulate large data files, I end up having to
    >>> manually delete all the files and subdirectories every few days.
    >>>
    >>> I do NOT want any Restore Point capability; I want to have files
    >>> deleted when I choose to do so.
     
  7. Bruce Chambers

    Bruce Chambers Flightless Bird

    Frank wrote:
    > How do I disable the use of the "System Volume Information"
    > directories to store MBs of deleted data? Especially on several
    > drives where I manipulate large data files, I end up having to
    > manually delete all the files and subdirectories every few days.
    >
    > I do NOT want any Restore Point capability; I want to have files
    > deleted when I choose to do so.



    By default, WinXP sets aside a maximum of 12% of the partition's size
    for storing System Volume Information, but the amount of space set aside
    for this purpose can be adjusted by the user. Start > All Programs >
    Accessories > System Tools > System Restore > System Restore Settings,
    select the pertinent partition and click Settings. If you don't want to
    use System Restore at all, simply turn off the System Restore feature
    (Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore,
    System Restore Settings) and reboot. This will delete all of your
    Restore Points, freeing up the hard drive space.


    --

    Bruce Chambers

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  8. Frank

    Frank Flightless Bird

    Re: turn off use of System Volume Information - solved

    Thanks all. It had been so long since I had logged in as admin that I
    didn't try that. That was exactly what I was looking for.

    I'll surely miss the newsgroups -- so much more efficient than web
    forums.

    Frank

    On Sun, 11 Jul 2010 08:15:08 -0400, "Donald Anadell"
    <danadell@nospamersmikrotec.com> wrote:

    >
    >"im" <im@home.com> wrote in message
    >news:eek:7mi36h3jq0f0uljp5ffgl010699biab8j@4ax.com...
    >> XP Pro SP3 -- I do not have a "System Restore" tab. Just
    >> General Computer Name Hardware
    >> Advanced Auto Updates Remote

    >
    >If you are not logged in as an Administrator, the "System Restore" tab will
    >not be displayed.
    >
    >Good luck,
    >
    >Donald Anadell
    >
    >
    >
    >>
    >> Looking through all the tabs, I don't see any SR references.
    >> Also looked through the Manage option without luck, although there was
    >> a reference to the (non-existent) SR tab on the properties menu.
    >>
    >> I believe at one point I had to turn off simple file sharing in order
    >> to get access to the System Volume Information folder. Is that
    >> relevent?
    >>
    >> (I'm attaching a small JPG of the properties window -- if I'm allowed)
    >>
    >> On Sun, 11 Jul 2010 00:58:53 -0400, "PA Bear [MS MVP]"
    >> <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote:
    >>
    >>>See http://bertk.mvps.org/html/diskspace.html &
    >>>http://bertk.mvps.org/html/healthy.html#Adjust
    >>>
    >>>Frank wrote:
    >>>> How do I disable the use of the "System Volume Information"
    >>>> directories to store MBs of deleted data? Especially on several
    >>>> drives where I manipulate large data files, I end up having to
    >>>> manually delete all the files and subdirectories every few days.
    >>>>
    >>>> I do NOT want any Restore Point capability; I want to have files
    >>>> deleted when I choose to do so.

    >
     

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