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how do I kill a stubborn folder?

Posted on 2006-04-17
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Last Modified: 2010-04-27
There's a folder on my External USB drive called "System Volume Information".  It won't let me delete it.

I want it gone.  How do I accomplish?

Question by:tmonteit
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Renato Montenegro Rustici earned 2000 total points
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This folder is from Windows System File Protection. You shouldnt delete it. But, if you really really want ... right click "My Computer" and choose Properties. Then click on System Restore and check the checkbox to deactivate SFP.

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If I didn't care about restoring this data, why would I need these files?

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You won't. The data is part of the system restore, which rmrustice shows how to disable.


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I think rmrustice's anwser is very clear to solve you problem.
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You only need "restore" turned on for the BOOT drive, in most cases C.  In all other drives, it is optional.  All "restore" means is if you want to undo changes, it can "roll back" to a previous state.  This makes sense for the operating system on C, but not for other drives, especially removables, as long as you have a backup of the data on that drive, you are safe.  So turn off restore on the USB drive, then delete the dir.

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