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Safe to a Delete System Restore Folder from System Volume Information?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Galleherjazz, Nov 14, 2003.

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  1. Galleherjazz

    Galleherjazz Thread Starter

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    I am using Windows XP Pro and recently created a restore point in my System Restore program. This was over a month ago, and I no longer need that restore point. When I defrag with either Diskeeper or Norton Speedisk, I get a report on a good number of defragmented/defragmentable files, most of which are in the Restore folder in my System Volume Information folder. I was able to access my System Volume folder and found the offending file but hesitate to delete that file unless I can be assured that I can do so safely.

    Would a simple delete be okay?

    Attached is a screenshot of the folder in my Systems Information folder.
     

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  2. zephyr

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    I don't think that is advisable and perhaps XP will refuse to let you do it.

    The safest way is to go to "My Computer" > right click the C: drive > Properties > Disk Cleanup > Advanced > and Delete all restore points except the most recent.

    Or if you want to delete ALL restore points, just find System Restore on your Start Menu and disable the it. All points will be lost. Then re-enable it if that be your desire.

    Good luck.
     
  3. Galleherjazz

    Galleherjazz Thread Starter

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    Thanks very much for the good suggestions and the warning not to delete the folder from System Volume Information. Just the kind of advice I was seeking!

    This forum rocks. I never fail to get the assistance I need.
     
  4. Galleherjazz

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    I did as Zephyr suggested and defragged, and 99% of the files that would not defrag are now gone.

    Victory. End of story.
     
  5. zephyr

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    Thanks for the feedback Galleherjazz, it will help others with the same problem.

    (y)
     
  6. Telstar

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    Yep, this will do it!
    Before I knew better, during a virus cleaning, I was instructed to "delete my System Restore files" Turns out all I had to do was to disable System Restore (in XP):
    Start>Programs>Accessories>System Tools>System Restore which deleted the files and allows you to set a new Restore Point thereby deleting any files that could transfer a virus if you needed to activate an old Restore Point.
    Telstar:)
     
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