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Delete System Volume Information

Posted on 2011-09-06
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I know I'm not the first with this subject, but I think I have a different situation :

recently I bought a new laptop with a 120Gb Solid State Drive in it. There is space for a second harddisk so I took the 500Gb out of my old laptop and put it in my new laptop. That 500Gb drive had 3 partitions ,C: for Windows, D: for my data and E: for downloads. Now, since that 500Gb drive is now my secondary drive (Windows 7 is on that SSD), I merged the C:- & D:-partitions using a partition manager. That all went well. That partition manager copied all data on the C:-partition to a directory on the D:-partition. So now I have a directory called "merged_partition_content" with, you might have guessed, a System Volume Information folder inside, that I cannot delete !!! And that System Volume Information directory is not in use, since my D:-partition already has a System Volume Information directory of its own in the root-directory.

How can I delete the System Volume Information directory out of that merged_partition_content ?
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by:bright12
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So far I know you can't delete the System Volume Information from the windows explorer.

I think it can be done using the Command Prompt of windows, but I don't have an idea of how to do this yet.
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by:eddymel
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is system restore running? if that's the case disable it and then try to delete the folder.
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Daelt earned 125 total points
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If you are sure that you can delete this folder without breaking your system, you can try to download Total Commander or Unlocker to delete this.
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by:DuriPro
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Eddymel:
The system restore is disabled, but even when it is enabled, it would use the System Volume Information-directory in the root of my D:-partition. So it has to do with something else.


bright12:
i tried that already, see below :

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
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C:\Windows\system32>d:

D:\>cd merged_partition_content

D:\merged_partition_content>dir
 Volume in drive D is DATA
 Volume Serial Number is 52AE-07A6

 Directory of D:\merged_partition_content

06-Sep-2011  09:20    <DIR>          .
06-Sep-2011  09:20    <DIR>          ..
               0 File(s)              0 bytes
               2 Dir(s)  149,930,008,576 bytes free

D:\merged_partition_content>del "System Volume Information"
Could Not Find D:\merged_partition_content\System Volume Information\*

D:\merged_partition_content>
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Daelt:

Total Commander doesn't work, I will check unlocker
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by:bright12
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Did you open the Command Prompt as administrator?

Maybe the following article will help you. Or try it in the Safe Mode
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by:bright12
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Sorry. Was forgotten to put the link.

http://forums.techarena.in/windows-xp-support/43023.htm
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by:DuriPro
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Bright12:

yes, I did open cmd as administrator. Thanks for the link, I already read that one ...
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by:DuriPro
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Unlocker did it ! Thanks Daelt !
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