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Is this unknown folder (treesize screen shot attached) from Windows backup or something else?
Windows backup is not activated (2nd screen shot).
How do I change this backup location (if that's what it is) to my D: drive?
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Question by:SteveRDU
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by:Paul MacDonald
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It's a system folder, not related to backups at all.

What are you using for backups?
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Gabriel Clifton earned 2000 total points
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System Volume Information is used for Shadow Copies and System restore. Do not mess with it. If you want to reduce the size, although minimal you can:

In start search type Advanced and select View Advanced System Settings
Select the System Protection tab
select the drive that as too much space wasted and select configure.
Adjust the max usage, this should take care of both system restore and shadow copies for you.

This will reduce the number of files or restore states you can have, so it is a balance of space vs longer term protection.
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by:SteveRDU
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excellent answer!
Is there a way to have these shadow copies from drive C: stored on drive D: ?
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by:Gabriel Clifton
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The System Volume Information file contains System Restore and is a critical operating system file which should be left in its default location. So I would not recommend you move it. Just adjust System Restore to decrease size.
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by:SteveRDU
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OK, thanks for the good help!
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by:Gabriel Clifton
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Any time!
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