“system volume information” folder grow into a huge size

there are 2 ways to make this folder smaller,

the first GUI method changes from one OS to another so i will not specify all the OS options here,

a simple search in google with: “configure shadow copies windows [your OS]” will give you the results for your OS

the CLI method is the same for all windows versions so i will give it here.

1. To see the space allocated and used for SVI folder:

– Open Command Prompt with “Run as Administrator” option
– Type in: vssadmin list shadowstorage
– You will see Used Space, Allocated Space and Maximum Space for SVI folder

2. To see the restore information stored therein:

– Use in the same console command: vssadmin list shadows

3. To resize the maximum allocated space:

– Type in command: vssadmin resize shadowstorage /on=[here add the drive letter]:           /For=[here add the drive letter]: /Maxsize=[here add the maximum size]
E.g., vssadmin resize shadowstorage /on=C: /For=C: /Maxsize=4GB

– You will see a prompt confirming resize done
– You can check the status again using the command discussed in point 1 above

thanks to Sean Zhu for the solution


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