Hi all. I have a 300gb main hdd and a 1tb internal storage hdd. I use it for well storage and I also have my backup on it. Now, I understand that the System volume information is important and will be of quit a big size. I expect up to say 100gb, but now it takes over 300GB. Even more annoying, when my secondary Hdd was full, I deleated about 100 GB of stuff I no longer needed. But when my defragmentation software finished, the system volume information folder had taken an other 40GB. Now its closer to 340GB. I am pretty sure I dont have any viruses etc, I keep a close eye on my PC, but I dont really know what takes up that much space.
I DON'T want to delete it, as its quit important I think, but how do I reduce the size to something more reasonable? Say to 100GB WITHOUT taking away anything of use really. (If its even possible).
In start search type Advanced and select View Advanced System Settings
Select the System Protection tab
select the drive that as too much space wasted and select configure.
Adjust the max usage, this should take care of both system restore and shadow copies for you.
This will reduce the number of files or restore states you can have, so it is a balance of space vs longer term protection.
The amount of restore space is a personal preference. I like the user above have it off for file drives and set to 9% on this system(with a small 128gigabyte ssd, that is not too many restore points, but I tend to not need them on this system, gives me about month of rollback).
Well I don't have issues all that often, and I am able to deal with minor infections etc pretty well. But I once even managed to get my BIOS screwed up, and needed to flush it, so as they say, shit happens and I am not the most careful surfer ever so yeah, I guess I keep some space free for backups.