Have you plugged a USB flash drive or external hard disk to a Windows computer and all of a sudden seeing these two folders: System Volume Information and $RECYCLE.BIN?
If you are reading this, you probably have and the appropriate question should be: should I be worried? Well, no!
System Volume Information and $RECYCLE.BIN
System Volume Information and $RECYCLE.BIN are harmless; most of the time. Windows OS formats its drives in NTFS and though these two folders will be available in the drives containing the OS. The NTFS format will prevent anyone, even Admin users, from accessing the folder.
However, on exFAT or FAT32 formatted hard drive, which will often be the USB flash drive or external hard disk, you can access these folders. You can even try to delete them, but Windows will automatically create them the next time you plug them back in.
That is why most people think System Volume Information and $RECYCLE.BIN are some kind of viruses, malware, or host for malicious programs. You should rest assured that under normal circumstances, these folders are created by Windows for certain system-level features usage.
The folders also come with …read more