Many users reported that System Volume Information is not accessible on Windows 10/11. Why you can't access System Volume Information? How to access System Volume Information? Now, let’s explore the answers together with MiniTool.

Access to the path 'I:\System Volume Information' is denied. I want to completely erase an external hard disk before returning it to the manufacturer.  Have reformatted and wiped with a program called Eraser - but get the following error "I:\System Volume Information did not have its cluster tips erased because of the following error: Access to the path 'I:\System Volume Information' is denied".

Why System Volume Information Is Not Accessible

What causes the System Volume Information access denied? According to a survey, System Volume Information is a protective folder created by the system to store Windows backups. It’s used to store much necessary information, including System Restore Points, Volume Shadow Copy, NTFS Disk Quota Settings, content-indexing files, etc.

This folder may eat up too much hard disk space with time going by. So, lots of users want to delete the System Volume Information folder. However, they receive the “System Volume Information not accessible” error when accessing the folder.

System Volume Information is not accessible

How to Access System Volume Information on Windows 10/11

How to fix the System Volume Information not accessible error on Windows 10/11? You can try the following 2 methods or choose one that works best for you.

# 1. Gain Access to System Volume Information via Windows GUI

If you can’t access System Volume Information, try changing the access permissions of the folder via the steps below:

Step 1. Press Win + E keys to open the File Explorer window, go to the View tab and click Options and select Change folder, and search options.

Step 2. In the pop-up window, navigate to the View tab and select the Show hidden files, folders, and drives option.

Step 3. Untick the checkbox beside Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and click on Yes to confirm. Then click on Apply > OK

unselect Hide protected operating system files

Step 4. Open the File Explorer window again, open the drive and right click the System Volume Information folder and select Properties.

Step 5. Go to the Security tab and click Advanced.

click Advanced in System Volume Information

Step 6. Click the Change link next to Owner.

click Change beside Owner

Step 7. Type your user account name (e.g. Admin) in the box, click Check Names, and click OK.

type user name

Step 8. In the pop-up window, tick the box next to Replace owner on subcontainers and objects and click on OK. Then click Yes and Continue in the Windows Security message to replace permissions.

Replace owner on subcontainers and objects

Step 9. Click on OK to close the security settings window. After that, the System Volume Information not accessible error should disappear when you access the file.

open System Volume Information

# 2. Gain Access to System Volume Information via Command Prompt

Another simple method to fix System Volume Information access denied is to use the ICACLS command. It can help grant admin access right for the folder in Command Prompt.

Step 1. Type cmd in the search bar, and then right-click the Command Prompt app and select Run as administrator from the context menu. Then click on Yes to confirm the access.

Step 2. In the elevated Command Prompt window, type the following commands in order and hit Enter after each one.

Make sure to replace the username with your administrator account name and C drive with the drive letter where the System Volume Information folder is located.

icacls “C:\System Volume Information” /grant Username:F

icacls “C:\System Volume Information” /grant Username:F /t

access System Volume Information via CMD

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