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System Volume Information Folder Empty

by alan3082 / March 23, 2004 11:14 PM PST

The SVI folder on my C drive (where OS is installed) is empty, System Restore is activated on this drive. While reading about this folder I understand it is to store restore information so I don't know why it is empty as I have several restore points but have never tried them. If something is messed up I would like to correct it before I need to restore.
Running Windows XP Professional.
Thanks for any help,

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Re:System Volume Information Folder Empty. When viewed with what?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 23, 2004 11:26 PM PST

While I may know to use a command window and a command like DIR *.* /A to see hidden and more items, many users might use Explorer which is hard-coded to not show file or disk content but deliver some "experience" to the user.

Be clear how you are looking at said folder. To really take a look there, I suggest a KNOPPIX CD since it doesn't have such methods to hide content.


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Re:System Volume Information Folder Empty
by rogleale / March 23, 2004 11:43 PM PST

Hi Alan,
That system volume folder is not really empty! It is reported as empty because you don't have access rights under Windows. This has happened to me with other folders, usually folders of pictures of up to 1GB reported as 0 bytes, and I have had to take ownership of them before I could access them. The procedure to take ownership is carried out in Safe Mode and is detailed in MS KB 308421, but I don't know if this will work with those restore files.

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Re:System Volume Information Folder Empty
by Cursorcowboy / March 23, 2004 11:54 PM PST

The article [Q309531] describes how to gain access to the System Volume Information folder that is a hidden system folder which the System Restore tool uses to store information and restore points and that exists for each hard-disk partition. This folder contains one or more _restore {GUID} folders such as _restore{87BD3667-3246-476B-923F-F86E30B3E7F8}. There may be one or more folders starting with RPx under this folder which are restore points. In addition, this articles explains that you can also use the command-line Cacls tool to display or modify file or folder access control lists (ACLs).

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