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    System Volume Information?

    I've browsed around in windows XP and noticed a hidden folder
    that does not show up, even when i have folder option set to view all hidden files and folders. I belive it's located in C:\Windows\ and the foldername is eithor "System Volume Information" or "System Information". All that i have found out about it is that it contains some Log files. Is there any other use for this folder? And i would like some names of these file if possible. thanks
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    If you're speaking of "System Volume Information" located on the root of the drive (C:\) then thats where windows keeps track of the system restore markers and all the data needed to do them. Your system restore settings can be changed in Control Panel/System/System Restore. By default it takes up too much disk space, I usually crank it down to a couple gig or less.

    If you're speaking of "sysvol" which is found in the %systemroot% directory of a 2000 domain controller, thats where your domain policies and logon scripts are stored and replicated out of/into.

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    it was the index service who created it
    if you want a "system volume information" folder
    enable file-indexing and you will get one.
    restore data go in there ,too.(XP)

    you must take it..,when it's yours, you may have a look inside

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    open exporer
    tools > folder option > view > hide protected operating system files....
    clear that box.

    hope this help
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    I ahve system restore turned off and when i look at recover files in GoBack it shows files that have been accesses in that folder from the past few minutes. Is there anyother purpose of that folder then system restore?

    (update)
    i belive that the restore is located in c:\System Volume Information\_restore
    are there any onther folders located in there?
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    I found something interesting, for anyone interested in how to gain access to this folder look at this http://support.microsoft.com/default...NoWebContent=1

    -------------Windows XP Professional or Windows XP Home FAT32 File System-----------
    Click Start, and then click My Computer.
    On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
    On the View tab, click Show hidden files and folders.
    Clear the Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) check box. Click Yes when you are prompted to confirm the change.
    Click OK.
    Double-click the System Volume Information folder in the root folder to open it.
    ---------------Windows XP Professional Using the NTFS File System on a Domain-----------
    Click Start, and then click My Computer.
    On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
    On the View tab, click Show hidden files and folders.
    Clear the Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) check box. Click Yes when you are prompted to confirm the change.
    Click OK.
    Right-click the System Volume Information folder in the root folder, and then click Sharing and Security.
    Click the Security tab.
    Click Add, and then type the name of the user to whom you want to give access to the folder. Choose the account location if appropriate (either local or from the domain). Typically, this is the account with which you are logged on. Click OK, and then click OK.
    Double-click the System Volume Information folder in the root folder to open it.
    ---------Windows XP Pro using the NTFS on a Workgroup or Standalone Computer--------
    Click Start, and then click My Computer.
    On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
    On the View tab, click Show hidden files and folders.
    Clear the Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) check box. Click Yes when you are prompted to confirm the change.
    Clear the Use simple file sharing (Recommended) check box.
    Click OK.
    Right-click the System Volume Information folder in the root folder, and then click Properties.
    Click the Security tab.
    Click Add, and then type the name of the user to whom you want to give access to the folder. Typically, this is the account with which you are logged on. Click OK, and then click OK.
    Double-click the System Volume Information folder in the root folder to open it.

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    This folder is also a well kiding place for virii
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    uh, yes, if you are admin you can own any folder of your os,
    and if you own it you may have all permissions-thats the way.

    may look like >> (on xp
    _restore{01565-ohhh..****inlongregistrykeyorwatever-15478}
    /RP10/
    /RP12/
    _restore{other-****-you-monitor}
    /RP2/ <<steps to get back to thhe saved systemperams..?

    --I only have a tracking.log there (2k) from the indexing

    btw.:
    there are more folders to speak about...

    do on cmd-line:
    c:\>dir /a:d
    to show you all folders

    do :
    c:\>dir /a:d RECYCLER
    you get:
    something like
    25.09.2003 16:31 <DIR> .
    25.09.2003 16:31 <DIR> ..
    03.02.2003 14:10 <DIR> S-1-5-21-2052111302-1060284298-1957994488-1000

    do
    c:\>dir /a:h RECYCLER\S-1-5-21-2052111302-1060284298-1957994488-1000
    to show all hidde files in the symbolic trash bin:
    03.02.2003 14:10 <DIR> .
    03.02.2003 14:10 <DIR> ..
    03.02.2003 14:10 65 desktop.ini <here the info bout that symb. trashcan is stored
    03.02.2003 18:03 20 INFO2 <only bill knows what goes in here ||incl. the icon id
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    very nice information, something to keep a hold of. Thanks
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