How to Gain Access to System Volume Information of System Restore

If you use System Restore, you must have noticed the System Volume Information folders in the root of each of your drives. This folder stores the files used by System Restore. Their sizes can sometime balloon to gigabytes, because System Restore doesn’t delete your older restore points when creating a new one. Moreover, every time you try to access the folder, you get the Access Denied error. Oh, and you can’t delete the folder, either. So what do you do when you want to view its contents?


Here is the error you’ll see when trying to access the System Volume Information


In an Explorer Window, go to Tools> Folder Options > View. Here, choose Show Hidden Files and Folders. Uncheck Hide Protected Operating System Files and Use Simple File Sharing.  You should now be able to access the System Volume Information folder; if not, you’ll have to add yourself to the list of users allowed to access the folder.


Right-click on System Volume Information and go to Properties > Security. Click Add under Groups or User names and enter your username in the dialog that appears. Click OK, and in the bottom half of the Security tab, grant yourself all the permissions.

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September 18, 2008 by: Prasanth Chandra


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