Questions on Volume Shadow Copies
I have a few questions about old volume shadow copies.
Looking at Device Manager with Show Hidden Devices, I see listed every Generic volume shadow copy that has been created since the system was new (up to 84 now in about 2 months). None of these items are grayed out; all show "This device is working properly" in the properties.
Running vssadmin list shadows, I only see 5 items which correspond to the System Restore points that Windows tells me about. These match 5 of the 84 generic volume shadow copies.
Looking at the Event history of many of these generic volume shadow copies, I can see the creation time matching the times when ATI was doing backups. My True Image backups are set in the Advanced Performance section with Snapshot for backup as VSS without writers. So every time I run a backup, it creates a Volume Shadow Copy.
Now to the questions. Other than the 5 System Restore points, do any of these other shadow copies still exist in the System Volume Information folder? How can I get rid of them? It would be nice to simply clean up the registry of all the entries, not to mention any possible wasted disk space, so they don't show up in the Device Manager any more. I'm not yet ready to try to disable or uninstall the items in the Device Manager since none of them are grayed out there. I'm concerned that may cause harm.
I'm on a mission to keep my system as lean and clean as possible.