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If you are a passionate user of the Windows operating system, you may have often encountered the System Volume Information folder on your computer’s hard drives. This folder does not appear alone. Instead, you must enable the Show hidden and protected file settings option in Folder Options. But, haven’t you ever wondered what the System Volume Information folder is and how it is used?
System volume information is used for many different purposes, such as storing system recovery points, service database information (used to extend access time), Volume Shadow Copy service data for backups, and distributed tracking services used to repair links and various shortcuts.
How can I access the system volume information folder?
You can probably access this folder if you use portable (USB) drives because the file type is not NTFS (it can be FAT32 or exFAT). There are usually two folders: WPSettings.dat and IndexerVolumeGrid.
The IndexerVolumeGrid assigns a unique identifier to the player. The indexing service then analyzes the files on your disk and indexes them for faster access. Each time you connect the drive to the computer, Windows searches for the drive ID and determines the search database to search and to which the drive should be connected. This way, you can use different search options on the disk (Cortana, File Explorer, etc.).
The System Volume Information folder is located in the root directory of each hard disk (whether it is a local hard disk / SSD or USB key). It stores system data related to the system recovery service, indexing, file history function, etc.
By default, the System Volume Information folder is hidden and only the SYSTEM has access to it. Even the administrator cannot open it and display the contents of the folder. If you try to open the System Volume Information folder in the Explorer under any user (including an administrator), you will receive an error that will deny you access:
Location is not available.
C:\System Volume Information is not accessible.
Access is denied.
Can I delete the System Volume Information folder?
The System Volume Information folder contains important information and you should not delete the folder if you are not allowed to do so with internal disks and NTFS partitioned external disks. For exFAT or FAT32 partitioned external drives, it is your choice if you consider the advantages and disadvantages.
Although the System Volume Information folder stores a lot of information, it is not possible to manage all the information. However, since the system recovery points occupy most of the folder space, we were able to reduce the maximum size that the utility can use in a disk. The procedure for limiting disk usage with system recovery points is as follows:
- Click Start and go to Settings > System > About > System Info.
- From the list on the left, select System Protection.
- In the list under Protection Settings, select the disk for which you want to delete the System Volume Information folder, and then click Configure.
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