How come when I delete an archive on an external hard drive it still is held in the hidden system volume file? My virus scanner took forever to finish scanning my external hard drive because of these legacy old deleted archive files that should NOT be taking up space. I noticed on the file that the antivirus scanned to find the old deleted archive fdisr files that it said ...system volume/_restore. So does this mean that potentially these old deleted archive files can somehow be brought back to life because of the word "restore" on the system volume file? I don't have a virus. Why are these deleted archive files still taking up space? I had numerous deleted archives so this bothers me as it took too long for my antivirus scanner to chew through them. What gives? Normally this system volume file is a hidden file but I chose to show operating system files just to see what else was on my external drive. I guess that if I had chosen to keep operating system files hidden the antivirus scanner wouldn't have bothered to scan the file in the first place but it brought up the point that the old archive files should not still be hanging around.