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I tried to format my 2GB USB drive in NTFS in Windows XP.

It was formatted successfully, but on the formatted drive one of the folders is named "System Volume Information". I tried to delete the folder, it says "Access Denied" also safely remove my USB drive, but it shows an error like "the Generic Volume is used in another program...".

Why does this happen? Is the folder "System Volume Information" a virus? How can I overcome this problem?

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migrated from Nov 23 '11 at 11:28

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A "System Volume Information" folder is created every time a drive is formatted. It's a Windows OS hidden system folder, and it is of no threat to your PC.

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Thanks for your reply Cebrilung, but i format the USB drive in another system, there is no system volume information folder. – BenDennison Nov 23 '11 at 11:39
It's likely that the system you are seeing the folder show up on has hidden / protected files set to visible. By default you won't see it, but it takes about 3 clicks to make them visible. – Melikoth Nov 23 '11 at 13:12

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