system volume information _restore folder

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  1. faraz_k86

    faraz_k86 Member Gold Member

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    Hi..

    I have quite a small hard drive and am constantly battling for space on my c drive.

    I use windirstat a lot and it tells me that a lot of items are in the system volume information _restore folder.. and some are taking a lot of space.

    I checked Google and it says that this is the folder where my restore information is stored, now the thing is that I have disabled system restore. It was deactivated as soon as I started running short on space which was an year back.

    So why is this folder still there? Is there a "safe" was to delete this?

    Thanks
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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.
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    Hi, thanks for the reply.

    But thats the thing.. when I go to System Restore on my Start Menuit says that system restore is disabled, do you want to enable it??

    so its already disabled.. why are restore points still there?
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    no one?

    like i want to know if this is even normal.. cause all these points should have been deleted after i disabled restore
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    Open An Command Prompt and Type or copy and paste the contents of the code box hitting enter after each one,then typing exit and rebooting the machine.

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    cd c:\windows\system32
    ren catroot2 catroot2.old
    cd c:\windows
    ren softwaredistribution softwaredistribution.old 
    After the reboot go to c:\windows\system32 and delete the catroot2.old file then go to c:\windows and delete the softwaredistribution.old files then reboot and see if the space is still taken.
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    Hi

    thanks for the reply.

    yes the space is till taken.. same thing.

    I think it just created a copy of the two folders and named them with .old hence doubling space used. =(
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    *fixed* enabled and disabled system restore, it deleted the 8 GB of data consumed by it
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    Thanks for letting us know your solution. :mrgreen: Marked as Solved.