What is System Volume Information? Can I delete it?

What is System Volume Information?

System volume information folder stores data related to System Restore Points of your computer and It also stores data related to the content indexing service found in Windows computers. The content of this folder helps in rolling back your PC to an older time and it also contains information of the files stored in that particular drive for faster search results.

As of right now, Windows is the most used operating system for computers that gets used in all kinds of devices including both laptops and desktops. It is a highly feature-rich operating system that offers all kinds of features and options to the user.

But in order to offer these various kinds of things, Windows has a lot of system files that you can find on your computer. One such kind of folder or data that you can find on your computer and its drivers is the system volume information folder.

Since it can take up a lot of space, today we are here to tell you about what is System Volume Information folder. You can also learn other things like how to delete system volume information after going through this article until the end.

As System Volume Information is a system file, it is included in our Windows explanatory series which explains different processes found in Windows like taskeng.exe, desktop.ini, agent.exe and lockpp.exe and many more.

What is System Volume Information?

File NameSystem Volume Information
File SizeVariable
DescriptionIt stores data related to System Restore Points and content indexing service
LocationRoot of every drive or partition
Is it a virusNo. But, It can be disguised as a virus
Can be deletedYes. But, it will reappear
what is system volume information

Most of you would have used any external storage drive with your computer in the past. It can be anything like a USB flash drive or external hard drive. And as you would expect, these drives get used for storing all of your personal files and data.

But whenever you connect such a drive to a Windows computer, it might create a folder called system volume information on this drive. By default, the system volume information folder is not visible to the user as hidden files visibility needs to be turned on Windows to view it.

Generally, you cannot access this folder and its content since that is not allowed if you are using an NTFS file system drive. But since in a lot of cases this folder takes up quite a significant amount of storage space, you might be wondering about its functionality.

One of the most basic and essential functions offered by the system volume information folder is that it stored data related to System Restore Points of your computer. If you ever wish to roll back your computer to an older period of time, the data stored inside the system volume information folder gets used for that.

Other than that, this folder also stores data related to the content indexing service found in Windows computers. In simpler words, it stored data related to the files stored in that drive that allows your computer to offer much faster search results. Because of these functions and uses, this system volume information folder is present in almost all drives of most Windows computers out there.

Can I Delete System Volume Information Folder?

can i delete system volume information

Now that you know more about system volume information and its contents, you must have also noticed that this folder generally takes up a lot of space on your computer. Because of this some of you might be interested in deleting it and getting rid of it.

Unfortunately, that is not possible to do on a Windows computer especially if you are using an NTFS file format drive. Even if you are using an exFAT or FAT32 file system drive, it is not recommended to do so since your System Restore might not work after it.

How to Shrink System Volume Information?

In the case that you are running low on storage space due to system volume information, you can try shrinking its size. This can be done via the Control Panel in Windows as shown here:

Step 1. Open Control Panel > System and Security > System > System Protection on your computer.

Step 2. Then, click on the Configure button under the Protection Settings section.

how to shrink system volume information

Step 3. After that, you can simply change the size limit to whatever you like for limiting the storage space taken up by system volume information.

Conclusion

Now that you have gone through this article until the end, you must know a lot of things about the system volume information folder found in Windows. This includes things like the use of this folder, its size, and various other things including reducing its size to free up storage space on your computer.

While all of these things should be more than enough, you can leave all of your queries and questions in the comments section down below if you have any related to the system volume information folder:

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