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I have many files such as the one below totaling about 73 gb in the root of the system volume information folder:

C:\System Volume Information\{9ffbb1e0-7a0f-11e3-bb9b-2016d89e4935}{3808876b-c176-4e48-b7ae-04046e6cc752}

Does anyone have any idea as to what these files are and how to free up this space. They are not in the restore folder.

Thank you
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by:Experienced Member
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System Volume Information holds Restore Points amongst other things. Restore Points will be the biggest item. Do not delete them.

Go to Advanced System Properties (Control Panel) and go to the System Protection tab.

There is a button to configure the space used by System Restore. This is probably a big number on your machine.
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by:YZTC
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I had already reduced the space to 5GB, these are files that are in the root, not the restore folder
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by:noxcho
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Indeed these are volume snapshots. Delete them through right click on My Computer - Properties - Advances - system Protection - wait till it lists the drives and change the protection parsmeters. There you can delete snapshots.
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by:YZTC
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Noxcho: I am using windows 7 and could not find snapshots as you mentioned. It showed the drives, but that is all.
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You can run Disk Cleanup (in Admin tools) and run the System Cleanup. That will remove current restore points but they will rebuild.
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by:noxcho
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If you right click on this drive C: for example and select properties - previous versions - is it enabled?
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by:YZTC
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Sorry about the delay in getting back with you. When I right click C: and look at properties, previous versions, it shows the C: drive with yesterday's date.
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by:noxcho
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You do not have system restore points enabled but you have previous versions?
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/how-to-delete-all-system-restore-points-and-previous-versions-of-files-in-windows-7
Check this article confirm if these described steps work for you.
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by:YZTC
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I had already done this. It did free up some space, but I still have about 14 files of the type below in my systems volume information root directory:

C:\System Volume Information\{077e5507-8218-11e3-ae05-2016d89e4935}{3808876b-c176-4e48-b7ae-04046e6cc752}

They vary in size from 2 GB to about 9.5 GB; totaling about 76 GB!
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Here is a Microsoft Support article on deleting files and folders in System Volume Information:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-performance/how-do-i-delete-huge-files-from-system-volume/2d31b256-2cb6-486e-af97-e6018f594581

Of course, restore points will be gone, but that seems less important at this point as they will rebuild over time
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by:noxcho
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There are a ways to delete these files but without having an answer - what these files are from I it is a bit dangerous for your system to simply delete them. As you say there are no restore points or backups enabled on your system - these could not be system restore points only if you did not upgrade the system and these are not the restore points from previous Windows version.
Is this bare installation of Windows 7?
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by:YZTC
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What do you mean by "bare installation"?
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by:noxcho
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Clean installation (not upgrade from some other os). In other words was this OS ibstalled onto clean drive?
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by:YZTC
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This is  a refurbished Dell purchased  last year, with 7 on it.
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PS, thank you for all of your help! It is appreciated.
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by:YZTC
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I found out what the problem was. I had a Microsoft W7 created backup on the external drive and it showed up as 0 bytes, while in realty it was around 500 GB. Once I deleted the backup, all the space was back
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So indeed it was backup.
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