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I’d like to backup my system with Robocopy and Powershell, but Robocopy is not able to copy open files. Volume Shadows Copy seems a solution but I can’t find any clear and simple explanation on how to use it. Is there any documentation out there that is clear and simple?

I’m running on Windows 7 x64 Enterprise. Thanks for your help. Franck

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Google for Adi Oltean. His blog had good info on getting VSS snapshots mounted for other scripts to use. You might also find the open source HoboCopy tool handy. – afrazier Feb 4 '12 at 1:21
@afrazier I did not see your comment till after I posted my answer, if you want to post your comment as a answer I will delete my answer and vote up yours for mentioning it first (by over a year :) ) – Scott Chamberlain Jun 2 '13 at 17:29

There is a open source project called HoboCopy which is a bit of a clone of RoboCopy but it will natively use the Volume Shadow Copy Service when trying to create it's backups.

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Check out the WMI Win32_ShadowCopy class. It has a Create method:

(Get-WmiObject -list win32_shadowcopy).Create("C:\","ClientAccessible")

I like DriveImage XML as a fully built VSS backup solution. It's free.

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