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I just noticed that my system volume information folder on the C:\ drive of our Guest server 2012 machine is HUGE!!  It is taking up 522 gb of a 550 gb drive.  I have searched for many articles to remove these huge files, but they refuse to be deleted.  I do have ownership of the folder.  These files are all labeled as "System file".  Is there a way that I can remove them, or limit the size used by them on the c:\?
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by:akalyan911
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Hi OdneyTech,

Systme files will take long space, but not that much, could you please run the diskutil tool and check what files are taking more size on C drive..
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by:Phillip Burton
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Can you give examples of the names of these files.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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What are you volume shadow copy settings?
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by:OdneyTech
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An example of a file name is:{9e93ad12-4367-11e480ea-000af73e3843}{3808876b-c176-b7ae-04046e6cc752}
I have been looking for the shadow copy settings, but cannot locate them.  Could you assist me in locating them.  I am not using Windows Server Backup or any other backup that came with the operating system. We use CA ArcServe Backup.
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by:OdneyTech
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I just rechecked the volume available on that drive and it just created another file, 23 gb.  It is getting desperate.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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run the disk cleanup tool and select remove system files. cleanmgr.exe
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Lee W, MVP earned 500 total points
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VSS is used by many apps and I've seen servers where its not probably configured and eats up all available disk space.

Go to the properties of any drive and look at the Configure Volume Shadow Copy
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Got it cleared up.  Had to us the command vssadmin /delete shadows to remove the shadows contained in the "System Volume Information" folder.  Found out that CA ArcServe was creating "snapshots" and storing them in the "System Volume Information" folder and it was growing trememdously.  Started when began using the CA ArcServe agent for Virtual Machines.  Also, adjusted the properties for the Volume Shadow Copy on the drive.
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