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stf92 12-24-2012 10:03 AM

System Volume Information/: critical directory?
I have an NTFS partition mounted on /almacen. I wonder what is the nature of the following directory and who could have written it.

semoi@darkstar:/almacen$ ls -ld System\ Volume\ Information/
drwxrwxrwx 1 root root 4096 2011-10-09 09:31 System\ Volume\ Information//
semoi@darkstar:/almacen$ ls -l System\ Volume\ Information/
total 24
-rwxrwxrwx 2 root root    0 2011-10-07 04:48 MountPointManagerRemoteDatabase*
drwxrwxrwx 1 root root  4096 2012-07-18 12:57 _restore{0314221B-C9C8-459B-8C86-BE6F680CD33C}/
-rwxrwxrwx 1 root root 20480 2011-10-07 04:50 tracking.log*

What would happen if I delete the directory? I think it's an old relic somehow left on the disk.

kernel, slackware 121.0

dreamwalking 12-24-2012 01:02 PM

If I remember well, that's where Windows XP keeps the restore point information.

If you're not using XP anymore to access that drive, it should not be a problem to delete it. I've removed it from a couple of external discs with no problem at all.

stf92 12-24-2012 01:21 PM

Anything to do with chkdsk? What is the restore point?

dreamwalking 12-24-2012 02:48 PM

Restore point is a backup log that Windows keeps to log changes in registry and software installed in the system so that you can undo the changes if you want.

I have no idea what chkdsk is, sorry (though it sounds like some disc checking utility? not sure).

The bottom line is that, if you don't access this partition with Windows, you probably don't need this folder, but, if you do, then I really don't know if you actually need this or not. Windows creates this folder in all partitions it mounts, and Linux has no use of the information kept there.

stf92 12-24-2012 04:01 PM

Well, thank you very much, dreamwalking.

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