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Deleting old folder from System Volume Information folder

  1. #1


    Art Guest

    Deleting old folder from System Volume Information folder

    When I installed Vista, some WinXP restore points were retained in the
    System Volume Information folder. They are in a folder named
    "_restore{3A579F61-.....]", which contains dozens of subfolders named
    "RP3", "RP4", "RP5", etc.

    Altogether these junk files are occupying about 5GB, which I am trying
    to recover.

    I have assumed full ownership of all these folders (through Properties /
    Security / Advanced / Owner / Edit ), but when I try to delete the junk
    folder the system completely ignores my 'delete' command.

    How can I get rid of this junk folder? Thanks for any help.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    DaveD Guest

    Re: Deleting old folder from System Volume Information folder

    Download KillDisk, create a bootable floppy or thumb drive, boot from that,
    and run a wipe.

    http://www.killdisk.com/

    DD


    "Art" <anacharb.remove@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:95Ldl.6630$Db2.1014@xxxxxx

    > When I installed Vista, some WinXP restore points were retained in the
    > System Volume Information folder. They are in a folder named
    > "_restore{3A579F61-.....]", which contains dozens of subfolders named
    > "RP3", "RP4", "RP5", etc.
    >
    > Altogether these junk files are occupying about 5GB, which I am trying to
    > recover.
    >
    > I have assumed full ownership of all these folders (through Properties /
    > Security / Advanced / Owner / Edit ), but when I try to delete the junk
    > folder the system completely ignores my 'delete' command.
    >
    > How can I get rid of this junk folder? Thanks for any help.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Art Guest

    Re: Deleting old folder from System Volume Information folder

    Thanks for the reply, Dave.

    Your suggestion of killdisk gave me an idea. I have BCwipe, and I hadn't
    even thought of trying it. Lo & behold, it works for file deletion in
    the Sys Vol Info folder!

    Now I have another question: every indication is that all the RP1, RP2,
    RP3, etc, folders are relics of WinXP. All the folder & file creation
    dates pre-date my installation of Vista. But is there some chance that
    by wiping all these files I'm creating a big problem for myself?? Like,
    if they are WinXP relics, then they are junk ...right?

    Thanks.

    DaveD wrote:

    > Download KillDisk, create a bootable floppy or thumb drive, boot from
    > that, and run a wipe.
    >
    > http://www.killdisk.com/
    >
    > DD
    >
    >
    > "Art" <anacharb.remove@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:95Ldl.6630$Db2.1014@xxxxxx

    >> When I installed Vista, some WinXP restore points were retained in the
    >> System Volume Information folder. They are in a folder named
    >> "_restore{3A579F61-.....]", which contains dozens of subfolders named
    >> "RP3", "RP4", "RP5", etc.
    >>
    >> Altogether these junk files are occupying about 5GB, which I am trying
    >> to recover.
    >>
    >> I have assumed full ownership of all these folders (through Properties
    >> / Security / Advanced / Owner / Edit ), but when I try to delete the
    >> junk folder the system completely ignores my 'delete' command.
    >>
    >> How can I get rid of this junk folder? Thanks for any help.
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    DaveD Guest

    Re: Deleting old folder from System Volume Information folder

    I currently don't have KillDisk installed, as I've recently done a reinstall
    of the OS and haven't reinstalled all the utilities.
    (KillDisk allowed me to see super-hidden files that I can't view otherwise)

    But, as I recall those files were on my machine too last time I checked, and
    my system was a clean install, never an XP upgrade.
    As I recall also, they were of minimal size and so shouldn't be a problem.
    My inclination would be to say if your wipe utility didn't delete them, they
    probably belong to the OS and should be left alone.

    DD


    "Art" <anacharb.remove@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:3EPdl.6095$PH1.1894@xxxxxx

    > Thanks for the reply, Dave.
    >
    > Your suggestion of killdisk gave me an idea. I have BCwipe, and I hadn't
    > even thought of trying it. Lo & behold, it works for file deletion in the
    > Sys Vol Info folder!
    >
    > Now I have another question: every indication is that all the RP1, RP2,
    > RP3, etc, folders are relics of WinXP. All the folder & file creation
    > dates pre-date my installation of Vista. But is there some chance that by
    > wiping all these files I'm creating a big problem for myself?? Like, if
    > they are WinXP relics, then they are junk ...right?
    >
    > Thanks.
    >
    > DaveD wrote:

    >> Download KillDisk, create a bootable floppy or thumb drive, boot from
    >> that, and run a wipe.
    >>
    >> http://www.killdisk.com/
    >>
    >> DD
    >>
    >>
    >> "Art" <anacharb.remove@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >> news:95Ldl.6630$Db2.1014@xxxxxx

    >>> When I installed Vista, some WinXP restore points were retained in the
    >>> System Volume Information folder. They are in a folder named
    >>> "_restore{3A579F61-.....]", which contains dozens of subfolders named
    >>> "RP3", "RP4", "RP5", etc.
    >>>
    >>> Altogether these junk files are occupying about 5GB, which I am trying
    >>> to recover.
    >>>
    >>> I have assumed full ownership of all these folders (through Properties /
    >>> Security / Advanced / Owner / Edit ), but when I try to delete the junk
    >>> folder the system completely ignores my 'delete' command.
    >>>
    >>> How can I get rid of this junk folder? Thanks for any help.
    >>

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Art Guest

    Re: Deleting old folder from System Volume Information folder

    Thanks again, Dave.

    The RP* files on my machine are not small. They add up to about 5GB, and
    typically have folder creation dates from 2006/2007.

    I tried a wipe on one folder--RP3--and BCWipe deleted it, but this was
    after I took total ownership of the folder.

    I think that out of an abundance of caution, I'll leave them alone for
    now, but eventually I want to find out if they are all truly 'junk'.
    Only then will I wipe them.

    DaveD wrote:

    > I currently don't have KillDisk installed, as I've recently done a
    > reinstall of the OS and haven't reinstalled all the utilities.
    > (KillDisk allowed me to see super-hidden files that I can't view otherwise)
    >
    > But, as I recall those files were on my machine too last time I checked,
    > and my system was a clean install, never an XP upgrade.
    > As I recall also, they were of minimal size and so shouldn't be a problem.
    > My inclination would be to say if your wipe utility didn't delete them,
    > they probably belong to the OS and should be left alone.
    >
    > DD
    >
    >
    > "Art" <anacharb.remove@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:3EPdl.6095$PH1.1894@xxxxxx

    >> Thanks for the reply, Dave.
    >>
    >> Your suggestion of killdisk gave me an idea. I have BCwipe, and I
    >> hadn't even thought of trying it. Lo & behold, it works for file
    >> deletion in the Sys Vol Info folder!
    >>
    >> Now I have another question: every indication is that all the RP1,
    >> RP2, RP3, etc, folders are relics of WinXP. All the folder & file
    >> creation dates pre-date my installation of Vista. But is there some
    >> chance that by wiping all these files I'm creating a big problem for
    >> myself?? Like, if they are WinXP relics, then they are junk ...right?
    >>
    >> Thanks.
    >>
    >> DaveD wrote:

    >>> Download KillDisk, create a bootable floppy or thumb drive, boot from
    >>> that, and run a wipe.
    >>>
    >>> http://www.killdisk.com/
    >>>
    >>> DD
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "Art" <anacharb.remove@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >>> news:95Ldl.6630$Db2.1014@xxxxxx
    >>>> When I installed Vista, some WinXP restore points were retained in
    >>>> the System Volume Information folder. They are in a folder named
    >>>> "_restore{3A579F61-.....]", which contains dozens of subfolders
    >>>> named "RP3", "RP4", "RP5", etc.
    >>>>
    >>>> Altogether these junk files are occupying about 5GB, which I am
    >>>> trying to recover.
    >>>>
    >>>> I have assumed full ownership of all these folders (through
    >>>> Properties / Security / Advanced / Owner / Edit ), but when I try to
    >>>> delete the junk folder the system completely ignores my 'delete'
    >>>> command.
    >>>>
    >>>> How can I get rid of this junk folder? Thanks for any help.
    >>>
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Art Guest

    Re: Deleting old folder from System Volume Information folder

    Dave:
    I got around to taking a look in our new desktop machine; none of these
    "RP*" folders, and no "_restore{...." of any kind are present.

    I've now concluded that these are all junk folder, and will proceed to
    wipe them in order to recover the disk space.

    Thanks for your comments.

    DaveD wrote:

    > I currently don't have KillDisk installed, as I've recently done a
    > reinstall of the OS and haven't reinstalled all the utilities.
    > (KillDisk allowed me to see super-hidden files that I can't view otherwise)
    >
    > But, as I recall those files were on my machine too last time I checked,
    > and my system was a clean install, never an XP upgrade.
    > As I recall also, they were of minimal size and so shouldn't be a problem.
    > My inclination would be to say if your wipe utility didn't delete them,
    > they probably belong to the OS and should be left alone.
    >
    > DD
    >
    >
    > "Art" <anacharb.remove@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:3EPdl.6095$PH1.1894@xxxxxx

    >> Thanks for the reply, Dave.
    >>
    >> Your suggestion of killdisk gave me an idea. I have BCwipe, and I
    >> hadn't even thought of trying it. Lo & behold, it works for file
    >> deletion in the Sys Vol Info folder!
    >>
    >> Now I have another question: every indication is that all the RP1,
    >> RP2, RP3, etc, folders are relics of WinXP. All the folder & file
    >> creation dates pre-date my installation of Vista. But is there some
    >> chance that by wiping all these files I'm creating a big problem for
    >> myself?? Like, if they are WinXP relics, then they are junk ...right?
    >>
    >> Thanks.
    >>
    >> DaveD wrote:

    >>> Download KillDisk, create a bootable floppy or thumb drive, boot from
    >>> that, and run a wipe.
    >>>
    >>> http://www.killdisk.com/
    >>>
    >>> DD
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "Art" <anacharb.remove@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >>> news:95Ldl.6630$Db2.1014@xxxxxx
    >>>> When I installed Vista, some WinXP restore points were retained in
    >>>> the System Volume Information folder. They are in a folder named
    >>>> "_restore{3A579F61-.....]", which contains dozens of subfolders
    >>>> named "RP3", "RP4", "RP5", etc.
    >>>>
    >>>> Altogether these junk files are occupying about 5GB, which I am
    >>>> trying to recover.
    >>>>
    >>>> I have assumed full ownership of all these folders (through
    >>>> Properties / Security / Advanced / Owner / Edit ), but when I try to
    >>>> delete the junk folder the system completely ignores my 'delete'
    >>>> command.
    >>>>
    >>>> How can I get rid of this junk folder? Thanks for any help.
    >>>
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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