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how to stop system volume information from getting on external drive

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system volume information seems to be directly related to system restore but for some reasion even though system restore is completely turned off on my computer this folder will keep comming back on my external drive no matter how many times i delete it. any ideas?

Edited by mikeloeven, 15 March 2010 - 07:17 PM.

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It's a system file, and recreates itself. This behavior is by design. Don't worry about it- it's empty, and won't interfere with anything.
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This is actually quite a complicated issue and Johanna is totally correct in what she says.
However, it can be stopped. Whenever an external device, which is allocated a drive letter, is unplugged from the machine without activating safely remove hardware, the allocated drive letter is retained in the system files.
Besides the danger of data corruption on the device and indeed possibly problems with the actual system files, when that device is again inserted, Windows will allocate it a different drive letter.
This is the reason that USB devices are sometimes unseen in My Computer, until the device is removed and plugged in again., as the drive letter Windows allocated in the first instance is the drive letter "in Use" by the previously unplugged unstopped device.
Go to System in Control Panel, and click the System Restore tab. Select the EXTERNAL drive. NOTE if the advice is "Monitoring" I suspect it will be. Now click Settings to the right hand side. Turn OFF system restore on THAT external drive.. NOW select the internal hard drive, click Settings and turn ON system restore on that drive.. Now check that Monitoring is shown for the internal and Turned off for the external. Now click Apply and OK. READ THIS FIRST PLEASE

It is a bad practice to let System Restore monitor an external drive. By design most external drives are monitored by System Restore. If any changes are made to the external drives files while it is not connected to the system, the next time it’s connected System Restore will find an inconsistency in the SR log and cause all existing restore points to become corrupt and require there deletion. The same can be true if the external drive is powered off while the system is running.

A possible work around is to assign a permanent drive letter (the higher in the alphabet the better) to the external drive via Disk Management. To access Disk Management, go to Start - Run and type diskmgmt.msc then press enter.

Right-click a partition, logical drive, or volume, and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths.

Do one of the following:

1. To assign a drive letter, click Add, click the drive letter you want to use, and then click OK.

2. To modify a drive letter, click it, click Change, click the drive letter you want to use, and then click OK.

Reboot the system. Open System Restore and stop monitoring that drive. This should keep System Restore from monitoring that drive, but not always.

IF YOU really want to turn off system restore altogether you may of course do so. However, that is a very bad idea, unless you are certain that you have other means of restoring, NOT just to a restore point in some other program, but to A SYSTEM CHECKPOINT.


Edited by Macboatmaster, 15 March 2010 - 08:19 PM.

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