Avoid & Delete "System Volume Information" etc.

Posted on 2016-10-28
Last Modified: 2016-11-09
I am going to connect a hard drive belonging to a PVR* into a WIN10 PC using an external caddy.
As it is going back into the PVR, I don't want windows to mess it up by writing System Volume Information & Recycle Bin etc. to it.
(I'll be using specialised software called ExPVR to read from it)

This is my preparation so far .....
1)  Turn off Anti-Virus
2)  Make sure that System Restore is set to on for C: only.
3)  GPEDIT > Do not allow locations on removable drives to be added to libraries setting. (Enabled)

Do I need to do anything else?

* PVR = Personal Video Recorder
A supplementary question .....
I have a number of flash drives with unwanted System Volume Information folders.
How do I get rid of them?
Question by:Eirman
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marsilies earned 150 total points
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You should turn off system protection for those drives, and then delete restore points:

I think this is what you meant by step 2.

This link also suggests disabling indexing, and resizing the shadow storage on the drive:

If you've disabled everything and the folder is still there, you can delete it by taking ownership:
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noxcho earned 250 total points
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1)  Turn off Anti-Virus
2)  Make sure that System Restore is set to on for C: only.
3)  GPEDIT > Do not allow locations on removable drives to be added to libraries setting. (Enabled)

Do I need to do anything else?
Actually not. If you do not write to this drive by purpose - after taking your precaution steps no data should be written or modified on that drive.
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by:John Hurst
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I agree with the others. You might also wish to consider stopping Indexing while you are using the external drive. Otherwise, what you are suggesting should work.
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ID: 41880927
Thanks everyone - I can now proceed with confidence.
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by:John Hurst
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You are very welcome and good luck with your PVR drive.

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