Hi everybody. I'm hoping somebody can provide me with some guidance.
I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
Last night I was looking in Windows Explorer, I noticed an odd new folder named: "HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy27"
The folder had an arrow on it, indicating a shortcut, however when I doubled-clicked on the folder, it did not open and nothing happened.
I right-clicked and went to properties. The folder itself is about 90 Gigs, but when I clicked on the shortcut tab, all fields were empty and it did not point anywhere.
I tried changing the permissions, taking ownership, removing "read-only" restrictions, (even via the command prompt) -but nothing worked.
However, oddly enough, I was able to "move" the entire folder out from explorer tree and onto my desktop, where I was able to open it with a double-click.
The contents of that folder seem to be a mirror image of all the basic folders and programs on my C drive (including the program files) -- But what's even more mind-boggling is that there is yet another "HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy27" on that tree -- and still one more under that.
So, basically what I have is C:/HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy27/HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy27/HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy27 -- all of which contain copies of my basic files.
The folder is dated 12/15/12 - about a month ago, and I have no idea how it was created.
I did not run any Windows backup software -- and, as an experiment, when I tried to restore a backup via control panel, I received a message that there was no backup to restore. (I tried that before moving the folder.)
I am unable to access the secondary and tertiary folders at all - even after trying to remove the protections, and I was only able to move the entire folder to the recycle bin in Safe Mode - but I then restored it back to the desktop, where it sits now.
Finally - just to be sure - I ran a System Restore back to the nearest restore point - created by MSE yesterday morning during a definitions update - and that went through without a hitch. In addition, CCleaner is showing me all my restore points, and I even un-hid my system files via control panel just to confirm that the System Volume Information folder was there, intact and with all its current restore points.
Otherwise, my PC has been running normally so far today and I have had no trouble carrying out my daily activities
This is a 90 GIG behemoth sitting on my PC - which I did not create - and, in a perfect world, I'd love to send it back to recycle for deletion - but am holding off until I receive some guidance.
Any advice, help and guidance will be most greatly appreciated.