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I met the same problem of not being able to shrink the Windows OS partition C: as much as I plan to due to unmovable files.

Having learned from this post, I would like to "turned System Restore off, removed System Volume Information folders". So I was wondering where and how I can "turned System Restore off, removed System Volume Information folders"?

This is the only way I can find out to solve my problem. If you have other way please let me know.

Thanks and regards!

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my understanding of System Volume Information folders leads me to believe that if you delete this info from your computer then windows may not boot (if you still want the ability to do that) – Patrick Feb 7 '11 at 17:32
@Patrick: I don't know what to do to shrink my partition except the way suggested in the linked post. Do you have better ideas? – Tim Feb 7 '11 at 17:48
a program I have used to resize disks was GParted (, it's open-source and updated regularly. Two things though: #1 when I used it, it was with Win XP & #2 do a full backup of your hard drive before using this tool. As with any resizing/re-partitioning of hard drives you should ALWAYS backup first. Doesn't take much to waste all the data on a drive when doing these sorts of things [although as good practice dictates, you should always have a backup anyway :-)] – Patrick Feb 7 '11 at 17:53
@Patrick: Will GParted be able to deal with unmovable files? PS: My goal is to shrink C:, crate D: and install Ubuntu along side Windows. – Tim Feb 7 '11 at 17:59
I'm not sure if GParted will move files that are considered unmovable to windows, but I believe the resizing ability of GParted is better than the included windows resizing tools so you may not need to worry about that. how large is your hard drive in total? – Patrick Feb 7 '11 at 18:11
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to turn off System Restore(Protection) in windows 7:

From microsoft:

  1. Open System by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking System.
  2. In the left pane, click System Protection. Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  3. To turn on System Protection for a hard disk, select the check box next to the disk, and then click OK. – or – To turn off System Protection for a hard disk, clear the check box next to the disk, and then click OK.

To remove the System Volume Information folders, which I believe are unremovable in windows:

  1. Download an Ubuntu Live CD
  2. Burn it
  3. Boot from the CD
  4. After boot, open up the drive in the Ubuntu desktop, highlight and delete the folder.
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I know this question is quite old, but there's a way simpler solution then the former answers regarding deleting the Directory.

It's actually in the same place where you disable the Protection.

  1. Start Button -> System Preferences -> System
  2. Left Pane - System Protection
  3. Mark the Volume you are working on, then hit Configure
  4. In the Dialog popping up hit the delete button and confirm, it basically deletes all Windows Restore Points, nothing else.

After that the System Volume Information Directory is empty and you can do whatever you want.

Oh by the way, you don't even need to disable the System protection on that drive, the Directory will be emptied anyway.

Just wanted to drop this here for anyone finding this in the future :)

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Perhaps I'm missing something... did you try this: Go to the Control Panel, open the System Control Panel. Click on "Advanced System Settings" on the left and then in the Window that appears, click on the "System Protection" tab.

I don't know what, if anything will DELETE "System Volume Information", but it should otherwise largely "empty" it.

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