system volume information

I just installed a new SSD, and I noticed it's almost out of space.  After a little digging around, I discover that there's a hidden folder, called system volume information, in the root of the C drive that has 83 GB of data in it.

I am running windows 10 pro.  I tried to access the folder, but it's telling me I don't have access, even though I have admin rights.

Any idea if this is normal, or how do I get rid of that garbage?
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Try to disable and delete system restore points. Right click on Computer - Properties - System Protection at left pane - dele existing restore points and see if the space is released.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Find Tree Size Pro from Jam Software, download and run it (Not free software). It will quickly tell you where the space has gone. Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 use Winsxs and that can range up to 15 GB in size. Use Disk Cleanup in Admin tools to reduce this. Run Disk Cleanup and click on the button that says Clean up System files. Allow it run again and select most options to clean up. If you upgraded to Windows 10, there will be a big windows.old there to remove. If you KNOW you do not want to roll back, you can delete windows. old.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
I think he identified already where the space is gone. Now it is the question how to get it back from system volume information. As I posted earlier, the system restore points are normally put to Syste Volume Information folder.
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DanNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
I did not do an upgrade, I did a clean install, and the Drive was new.
When looking at my C drive, the folder that looks weird is:
$Windows.~WS

I ran the disk cleanup and cleaned up everything listed there, I checked all items.

The question is, I have like 8 restore points, how do I delete old restore points in windows 10?
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DanNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
That did the trick.   Is there a way to tell the system to only keep a certain amount of restore points, as I can see how quickly my drive will get filled up.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
As noxcho suggested get of restore points.

Also go to System Protection tab in System Properties and Reduce the amount of space for System Restore. That is probably a good thing to do.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
You can use a tool called Restore Point Explorer http://nicbedford.co.uk/software/systemrestoreexplorer/ quite easy to use.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
You can disable system restore pont creation but it is not a good idea. If you navigated to system protection as I suggested then you should be able to see the settings which allow disabling it.
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DanNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys, I saw the slider, so I just allocated 60GB for system restores.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Yes - I reduce but do not disable System Restore.
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DanNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
thanks guys for your help, much appreciated.
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