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Mike
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2006 8:51 pm    Post subject: System Volume Information out of control!
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I have a really stupid question: What is the System Volume Information
folder used for? And why does it contain 60GB of data there?

Running Vista x64bit Build 6000 (RTM)
RAID5 (x3 320GB)

Thanks,
Mike
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Mike
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2006 9:08 pm    Post subject: Re: System Volume Information out of control! [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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Nevermind, it turns out that it was the System Restore, I didn't realize
that it could use up to 15% of your HDD space, 15% of 600GB is a lot of
space and you do notice... Question is, should I turn it off?

"Mike" wrote in message

>I have a really stupid question: What is the System Volume Information
>folder used for? And why does it contain 60GB of data there?
>
> Running Vista x64bit Build 6000 (RTM)
> RAID5 (x3 320GB)
>
> Thanks,
> Mike
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Nathanial Woolls
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2006 9:14 pm    Post subject: Re: System Volume Information out of control! [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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"Mike" wrote in message

> Nevermind, it turns out that it was the System Restore, I didn't realize
> that it could use up to 15% of your HDD space, 15% of 600GB is a lot of
> space and you do notice... Question is, should I turn it off?

No.
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Mike Hall - MS MVP Window
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2006 11:52 pm    Post subject: Re: System Volume Information out of control! [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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15% of 600GB is nothing in the event that you need to do a system restore



"Nathanial Woolls" wrote in message

> "Mike" wrote in message
>
>> Nevermind, it turns out that it was the System Restore, I didn't realize
>> that it could use up to 15% of your HDD space, 15% of 600GB is a lot of
>> space and you do notice... Question is, should I turn it off?
>
> No.
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Robert Blacher
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2006 4:51 pm    Post subject: Re: System Volume Information out of control! [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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The syntax of the vssadmin command is not a lot of fun, but it does allow
you to control the amount of space allocated to system restore and shadow
copies.

See:

http://vistasupport.mvps.org/decrease_storage_space-allocated_to_system_restore.htm


"Mike" wrote in message

> Nevermind, it turns out that it was the System Restore, I didn't realize
> that it could use up to 15% of your HDD space, 15% of 600GB is a lot of
> space and you do notice... Question is, should I turn it off?
>
> "Mike" wrote in message
>
>>I have a really stupid question: What is the System Volume Information
>>folder used for? And why does it contain 60GB of data there?
>>
>> Running Vista x64bit Build 6000 (RTM)
>> RAID5 (x3 320GB)
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Mike
>
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B J W
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2006 5:05 pm    Post subject: Re: System Volume Information out of control! [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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I notice that Vista allows the recovery of older versions of a single
non-system file -- called shadow copies.

So, it that why System Restore now wants seemingly gargantuan amounts of
hard disk space -- to store the journaling info for shadow copies of
document files?

If you need to substantially reduce the proportion of disk space
allocated to system restore, would it not make sense to turn off shadow
copies, first? How would you turn off shadow copies?

"Robert Blacher" wrote in message

> The syntax of the vssadmin command is not a lot of fun, but it does
> allow you to control the amount of space allocated to system restore
> and shadow copies.
>
> See:
>
> http://vistasupport.mvps.org/decrease_storage_space-allocated_to_system_restore.htm
>
>
> "Mike" wrote in message
>
>> Nevermind, it turns out that it was the System Restore, I didn't
>> realize that it could use up to 15% of your HDD space, 15% of 600GB
>> is a lot of space and you do notice... Question is, should I turn it
>> off?
>>
>> "Mike" wrote in message
>>
>>>I have a really stupid question: What is the System Volume
>>>Information folder used for? And why does it contain 60GB of data
>>>there?
>>>
>>> Running Vista x64bit Build 6000 (RTM)
>>> RAID5 (x3 320GB)
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>> Mike
>>
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Bert Kinney
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2006 8:06 pm    Post subject: Re: System Volume Information out of control! [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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Not in Vista! System Restore in Vista is far different than in earlier
versions of Windows.

Regards,
Bert Kinney MS-MVP Shell/User
http://bertk.mvps.org
Member: http://dts-l.org



mikeyhsd wrote:
> its easy to limit the amount of disk space used for restore.
> on the System Properties pages you can change the % allocated.
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Robert Blacher
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2006 11:37 pm    Post subject: Re: System Volume Information out of control! [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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You can turn off the volume shadow copy service. But, I wouldn't. It will
break the Vista backup program, among other things.

BTW, I *may* be wrong but I believe volume shadow copies are only made in
Ultimate, Enterprise and Business editions of Vista.

"B J W" wrote in message

>I notice that Vista allows the recovery of older versions of a single
>non-system file -- called shadow copies.
>
> So, it that why System Restore now wants seemingly gargantuan amounts of
> hard disk space -- to store the journaling info for shadow copies of
> document files?
>
> If you need to substantially reduce the proportion of disk space allocated
> to system restore, would it not make sense to turn off shadow copies,
> first? How would you turn off shadow copies?
>
> "Robert Blacher" wrote in message
>
>> The syntax of the vssadmin command is not a lot of fun, but it does allow
>> you to control the amount of space allocated to system restore and shadow
>> copies.
>>
>> See:
>>
>> http://vistasupport.mvps.org/decrease_storage_space-allocated_to_system_restore.htm
>>
>>
>> "Mike" wrote in message
>>
>>> Nevermind, it turns out that it was the System Restore, I didn't realize
>>> that it could use up to 15% of your HDD space, 15% of 600GB is a lot of
>>> space and you do notice... Question is, should I turn it off?
>>>
>>> "Mike" wrote in message
>>>
>>>>I have a really stupid question: What is the System Volume Information
>>>>folder used for? And why does it contain 60GB of data there?
>>>>
>>>> Running Vista x64bit Build 6000 (RTM)
>>>> RAID5 (x3 320GB)
>>>>
>>>> Thanks,
>>>> Mike
>>>
>
>
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Bert Kinney
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 2:37 am    Post subject: Re: System Volume Information out of control! [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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That is correct. System Restore can be disabled on a drive within System
Properties - System Protection tab.

Regards,
Bert Kinney MS-MVP Shell/User
http://bertk.mvps.org
Member: http://dts-l.org


mikeyhsd wrote:
> you can certainly turn it off at least by unchecking it on the drive in
> question.
>
>
>
>
> "Bert Kinney" wrote:
> Not in Vista! System Restore in Vista is far different than in earlier
> versions of Windows.
>
> Regards,
> Bert Kinney MS-MVP Shell/User
> http://bertk.mvps.org
> Member: http://dts-l.org
>
>
>
> mikeyhsd wrote:
> > its easy to limit the amount of disk space used for restore.
> > on the System Properties pages you can change the % allocated.
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Digital Dave
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 3:50 pm    Post subject: Re: System Volume Information out of control! [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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I agree with "don't turn it off crowd" here.

I had to use it last week on my laptop (did something stupid that I don't
want to mention here) and as a last resort I used the System Restore and it
worked like a charm.

Leave it on...

/David
Shell/GUI MVP

"Mike" wrote in message

>I have a really stupid question: What is the System Volume Information
>folder used for? And why does it contain 60GB of data there?
>
> Running Vista x64bit Build 6000 (RTM)
> RAID5 (x3 320GB)
>
> Thanks,
> Mike
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