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Anonymous
May 20, 2005 8:55:20 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

In order to resolve a problem in Outlook, I tried several solutions
recommended by the Microsoft support people. When each of them didn't work,
I did a system restore to return my computer to its original state. After 3
system restores, I noticed that the free space on my hard disk dropped from
94% to 42%. I had not downloaded any new programs and contacted Microsoft
and my computer manufacturer again. They advised me to do spyware scans and
a disk cleanup and defragmenter but that only freed up another 1% of space.
So in one day, I lost 52% of my free space. While I was running the AD-Aware
program, however, I noticed that the program rested for a very long time
(over 10 minutes) on a file called C: System Volume Information\Restore
followed by a whole bunch of numbers. Also, the spyware usually indicates
that approximately 200,000 files have been checked but this time the process
took a very long time and over 400,000 files were checked. I looked for info
on the System Volume Information folder on the web and learned how to bring
this protected folder into view; however, I couldn't open it from the root
directory. It said I didn't have access. Is the problem in this folder? If
I can open this folder, should I delete the files? If this isn't the
problem, where are these new 200,000 files? Please help!!
Anonymous
May 21, 2005 12:49:25 AM

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My problem is solved thanks to Jupiter Jones.

"Winnipegger" wrote:

> In order to resolve a problem in Outlook, I tried several solutions
> recommended by the Microsoft support people. When each of them didn't work,
> I did a system restore to return my computer to its original state. After 3
> system restores, I noticed that the free space on my hard disk dropped from
> 94% to 42%. I had not downloaded any new programs and contacted Microsoft
> and my computer manufacturer again. They advised me to do spyware scans and
> a disk cleanup and defragmenter but that only freed up another 1% of space.
> So in one day, I lost 52% of my free space. While I was running the AD-Aware
> program, however, I noticed that the program rested for a very long time
> (over 10 minutes) on a file called C: System Volume Information\Restore
> followed by a whole bunch of numbers. Also, the spyware usually indicates
> that approximately 200,000 files have been checked but this time the process
> took a very long time and over 400,000 files were checked. I looked for info
> on the System Volume Information folder on the web and learned how to bring
> this protected folder into view; however, I couldn't open it from the root
> directory. It said I didn't have access. Is the problem in this folder? If
> I can open this folder, should I delete the files? If this isn't the
> problem, where are these new 200,000 files? Please help!!
Anonymous
May 21, 2005 12:54:14 AM

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I believe each time you do a "system restore", the system makes a snapshot
(a new restore point) before doing the restore. Also note, your restore
points are stored within the "System Volume Information" folder...

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"Winnipegger" <Winnipegger@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:B4457EAD-D88F-4765-AC7C-4DB597E7EE98@microsoft.com...
> In order to resolve a problem in Outlook, I tried several solutions
> recommended by the Microsoft support people. When each of them didn't
> work,
> I did a system restore to return my computer to its original state. After
> 3
> system restores, I noticed that the free space on my hard disk dropped
> from
> 94% to 42%. I had not downloaded any new programs and contacted Microsoft
> and my computer manufacturer again. They advised me to do spyware scans
> and
> a disk cleanup and defragmenter but that only freed up another 1% of
> space.
> So in one day, I lost 52% of my free space. While I was running the
> AD-Aware
> program, however, I noticed that the program rested for a very long time
> (over 10 minutes) on a file called C: System Volume Information\Restore
> followed by a whole bunch of numbers. Also, the spyware usually indicates
> that approximately 200,000 files have been checked but this time the
> process
> took a very long time and over 400,000 files were checked. I looked for
> info
> on the System Volume Information folder on the web and learned how to
> bring
> this protected folder into view; however, I couldn't open it from the root
> directory. It said I didn't have access. Is the problem in this folder?
> If
> I can open this folder, should I delete the files? If this isn't the
> problem, where are these new 200,000 files? Please help!!
Related resources
May 21, 2005 5:43:51 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

GREAT
Now who is Jupiter Jones and what was the fix. There is no message posted
from him.

"Winnipegger" <Winnipegger@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:C5F5C601-798D-4FA2-A40C-A00B7F1CB0ED@microsoft.com...
> My problem is solved thanks to Jupiter Jones.
>
> "Winnipegger" wrote:
>
>> In order to resolve a problem in Outlook, I tried several solutions
>> recommended by the Microsoft support people. When each of them didn't
>> work,
>> I did a system restore to return my computer to its original state.
>> After 3
>> system restores, I noticed that the free space on my hard disk dropped
>> from
>> 94% to 42%. I had not downloaded any new programs and contacted
>> Microsoft
>> and my computer manufacturer again. They advised me to do spyware scans
>> and
>> a disk cleanup and defragmenter but that only freed up another 1% of
>> space.
>> So in one day, I lost 52% of my free space. While I was running the
>> AD-Aware
>> program, however, I noticed that the program rested for a very long time
>> (over 10 minutes) on a file called C: System Volume Information\Restore
>> followed by a whole bunch of numbers. Also, the spyware usually
>> indicates
>> that approximately 200,000 files have been checked but this time the
>> process
>> took a very long time and over 400,000 files were checked. I looked for
>> info
>> on the System Volume Information folder on the web and learned how to
>> bring
>> this protected folder into view; however, I couldn't open it from the
>> root
>> directory. It said I didn't have access. Is the problem in this folder?
>> If
>> I can open this folder, should I delete the files? If this isn't the
>> problem, where are these new 200,000 files? Please help!!
Anonymous
May 22, 2005 12:52:51 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

Two possibility's.

One is to Adjust the amount of disk space System Restore uses to store
restore points.
http://bertk.mvps.org/html/diskspace.html

And two, would be to purge all the restore points and start over. Then
go back to option one and adjust disk space.
How to Disable and Enable System Restore to purge all restore points.
http://bertk.mvps.org/html/disablesr.html

--
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http://dts-l.org/

shakey wrote:
> GREAT
> Now who is Jupiter Jones and what was the fix. There is
> no message posted from him.
>
> "Winnipegger" <Winnipegger@discussions.microsoft.com>
> wrote in message
> news:C5F5C601-798D-4FA2-A40C-A00B7F1CB0ED@microsoft.com...
>> My problem is solved thanks to Jupiter Jones.
>>
>> "Winnipegger" wrote:
>>
>>> In order to resolve a problem in Outlook, I tried
>>> several solutions recommended by the Microsoft support
>>> people. When each of them didn't work,
>>> I did a system restore to return my computer to its
>>> original state. After 3
>>> system restores, I noticed that the free space on my
>>> hard disk dropped from
>>> 94% to 42%. I had not downloaded any new programs and
>>> contacted Microsoft
>>> and my computer manufacturer again. They advised me to
>>> do spyware scans and
>>> a disk cleanup and defragmenter but that only freed up
>>> another 1% of space.
>>> So in one day, I lost 52% of my free space. While I
>>> was running the AD-Aware
>>> program, however, I noticed that the program rested for
>>> a very long time (over 10 minutes) on a file called C:
>>> System Volume Information\Restore followed by a whole
>>> bunch of numbers. Also, the spyware usually indicates
>>> that approximately 200,000 files have been checked but
>>> this time the process
>>> took a very long time and over 400,000 files were
>>> checked. I looked for info
>>> on the System Volume Information folder on the web and
>>> learned how to bring
>>> this protected folder into view; however, I couldn't
>>> open it from the root
>>> directory. It said I didn't have access. Is the
>>> problem in this folder? If
>>> I can open this folder, should I delete the files? If
>>> this isn't the problem, where are these new 200,000
>>> files? Please help!!
Anonymous
May 22, 2005 2:08:01 AM

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TO SHAKEY:

I did search of this site and found a post from several months ago. Jupiter
Jones gave the following instructions:

Turn off/on System Restore to delete corrupted files:

Start/All Programs/Accessories/System Tools/System Restore.

Click System Restore Settings on left side.

Check "Turn off System Restore", click OK, follow prompts and reboot.

This deletes ALL Restore Points including corruption.

Then go back and turn on system Restore and create a Restore Point.

It worked and my free space went back to 94% from 42%.


"shakey" wrote:

> GREAT
> Now who is Jupiter Jones and what was the fix. There is no message posted
> from him.
>
> "Winnipegger" <Winnipegger@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:C5F5C601-798D-4FA2-A40C-A00B7F1CB0ED@microsoft.com...
> > My problem is solved thanks to Jupiter Jones.
> >
> > "Winnipegger" wrote:
> >
> >> In order to resolve a problem in Outlook, I tried several solutions
> >> recommended by the Microsoft support people. When each of them didn't
> >> work,
> >> I did a system restore to return my computer to its original state.
> >> After 3
> >> system restores, I noticed that the free space on my hard disk dropped
> >> from
> >> 94% to 42%. I had not downloaded any new programs and contacted
> >> Microsoft
> >> and my computer manufacturer again. They advised me to do spyware scans
> >> and
> >> a disk cleanup and defragmenter but that only freed up another 1% of
> >> space.
> >> So in one day, I lost 52% of my free space. While I was running the
> >> AD-Aware
> >> program, however, I noticed that the program rested for a very long time
> >> (over 10 minutes) on a file called C: System Volume Information\Restore
> >> followed by a whole bunch of numbers. Also, the spyware usually
> >> indicates
> >> that approximately 200,000 files have been checked but this time the
> >> process
> >> took a very long time and over 400,000 files were checked. I looked for
> >> info
> >> on the System Volume Information folder on the web and learned how to
> >> bring
> >> this protected folder into view; however, I couldn't open it from the
> >> root
> >> directory. It said I didn't have access. Is the problem in this folder?
> >> If
> >> I can open this folder, should I delete the files? If this isn't the
> >> problem, where are these new 200,000 files? Please help!!
>
>
>
Anonymous
May 22, 2005 5:58:31 AM

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Hi,

You may find this helpful also.
Keeping System Restore Healthy
http://bertk.mvps.org/html/healthy.html#AdjustDiskSpace

--
Regards,
Bert Kinney MS-MVP Shell/User
http://dts-l.org/

Winnipegger wrote:
> TO SHAKEY:
>
> I did search of this site and found a post from several
> months ago. Jupiter Jones gave the following
> instructions:
>
> Turn off/on System Restore to delete corrupted files:
>
> Start/All Programs/Accessories/System Tools/System
> Restore.
>
> Click System Restore Settings on left side.
>
> Check "Turn off System Restore", click OK, follow prompts
> and reboot.
>
> This deletes ALL Restore Points including corruption.
>
> Then go back and turn on system Restore and create a
> Restore Point.
>
> It worked and my free space went back to 94% from 42%.
>
>
> "shakey" wrote:
>
>> GREAT
>> Now who is Jupiter Jones and what was the fix. There is
>> no message posted from him.
>>
>> "Winnipegger" wrote
>>> My problem is solved thanks to Jupiter Jones.
>>>
>>> "Winnipegger" wrote:
>>>
>>>> In order to resolve a problem in Outlook, I tried
>>>> several solutions recommended by the Microsoft support
>>>> people. When each of them didn't work,
>>>> I did a system restore to return my computer to its
>>>> original state. After 3
>>>> system restores, I noticed that the free space on my
>>>> hard disk dropped from
>>>> 94% to 42%. I had not downloaded any new programs and
>>>> contacted Microsoft
>>>> and my computer manufacturer again. They advised me
>>>> to do spyware scans and
>>>> a disk cleanup and defragmenter but that only freed up
>>>> another 1% of space.
>>>> So in one day, I lost 52% of my free space. While I
>>>> was running the AD-Aware
>>>> program, however, I noticed that the program rested
>>>> for a very long time (over 10 minutes) on a file
>>>> called C: System Volume Information\Restore followed
>>>> by a whole bunch of numbers. Also, the spyware
>>>> usually indicates
>>>> that approximately 200,000 files have been checked but
>>>> this time the process
>>>> took a very long time and over 400,000 files were
>>>> checked. I looked for info
>>>> on the System Volume Information folder on the web and
>>>> learned how to bring
>>>> this protected folder into view; however, I couldn't
>>>> open it from the root
>>>> directory. It said I didn't have access. Is the
>>>> problem in this folder? If
>>>> I can open this folder, should I delete the files? If
>>>> this isn't the problem, where are these new 200,000
>>>> files? Please help!!
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