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Volume Shadow Copy is a mechanism for storing snapshots on NTFS filesystems.

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volume shadow copy won't stay disabled

· i disabled volume shadow copy from services > properties · yet, it keeps auto-re-enabling · i then re-named vssadmin.exe to vssad.exe from C:\Windows\System32\ · but this didn't stop shadow ...
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VSS Versions not Visible to Users Viewing Windows 10 SMB Share

Setup I have a Windows 10 PC acting as a file server, with a single folder shared with all users of a Workgroup. The PC has been configured to backup the shared folder to a secondary HDD using VSS in ...
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How can i use “wmic shadowstorage set”?

I write in cmd: wmic shadowstorage set /? and get to write Maximum Space - uint64 - Read/Write. How do I use it properly? I want to change the maximum shadow copy size on windows 10 using a bat file, ...
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Deleting shadow copies on Windows XP

I have a command-and-control PC that runs a specific Legacy Software. The software is black-box and cannot be modified or changed in behavior. To have "live" insight, I've scheduled a job such that ...
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Ntfs Shadow Volume redirect on write

I am developing an application that require to read an ntfs partition while other program are writing on it and i need to assure consistency of the data i read. A solution i found is having Volume ...
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About volume shadow copy in Disk2vhd

Because I have to create a copy of my unit with Disk2vhd I was reading a bit about Volume Shadow Copy to understand it better. As I understand it, Volume Shadow Copy allows you to make backup copies ...
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Restore Windows 10 Partition on every boot to previously defined state

we, a non profit youth center, are running a view windows 10 Pro computers on which the kids can play and research. Because of the limited time of the volunteers to maintain these computers, we are ...
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Outlook OST files not backed up by VSS engine

I just found, to my user's annoyance, that Windows VSS engine ignores Outlook's .OST files. This is set by default in the registry here, and acknowledged at, https://kb.acronis.com/content/48032 ...
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Shadow Copies are properly created, but in Explorer I can’t access to “previous versions” (reported as not available)

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit: I always utilized the shadow copies, not only to restore the OS to a previous version: I mainly use the shadow copies to restore single files, by using the "Previous ...
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How to address (hidden) volume for vssadmin

I have a volume named like this \\?\Volume{fc3a230-ef05-d9875-c2fa-3aacteb234}\ How can I address this in the following command vssadmin resize shadowstorage /for=\\?\Volume{fc3a230-ef05-d9875-c2fa-...
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Shadow Copy With Storage Spaces?

I converted 2 of my drives to be a mirrored storage space on windows 10. I am using ReFS. This drive is d drive. When I create a restore point the dialog that comes up does not have d drive in it. ...
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Mounting a Windows Volume Shadow Copy on Linux using libvshadow

I've come across a couple of instances lately where I have access to the raw files created by the Volume Shadow Service on Windows, where my goal is to recover files from the Shadow Copy that we no ...
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How to configure System Restore to restore “everything”?

Given that I can browse a restore point and see the deleted files, how to restore this point completely? When I try to, Windows says everything's fine, but the files I was looking for weren't restored ...
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Exclude backups (Volume Shadow Copy) from Windows Defender

Recently I setup a backup for some folders. Today I found out that windows defender won't let the backup service do its job. But how do I exclude the backup's shadow copy from windows defender? It's ...
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Devices & Printers takes too long to load

I'm having an unusual problem with Windows 10 where the Devices and Printers dialog shows the green progress bar for almost 5 minutes before loading. When it does load, it is almost unusable with lag. ...
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Removing “System Volume Information” folder and “System Restore” completely

I disable System Restore on all drives yet it continues to force me to have a pointless System Volume Information folder set to hidden with 1 "Tracking" file inside. Can someone please explain how to ...
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Volume Shadow Copy Service - Security Permission Error

While trying to diagnose some other unrelated issues on my PC I noticed my windows error log is being written to every second (I am not exaggerating, there are 60 entries per minute every minute) with ...
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Please help explain about HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy

I have 2 files on my C:\ drive: C:\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy22 = 248 GB (266,455,478,272 bytes) C:\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy26 = 357 GB (384,213,041,152 bytes) for a total of 605 GB. Are these real ...
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Windows 10 system image fails

I am having trouble making a system image of my Windows 10 installation. The problem started occurring after I upgraded to an SSD from an HDD. (I used EaseUS to copy my Windows installation on the HDD ...
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Reserve minimum space for volume shadow copy

Is it possible to reserve a minimum amount of space used by the volume shadow copies of a given ntfs volume under windows 2008 R2 server? I know how to set the maximum size, but not the minimum. For ...
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WHS 2011 error code '2155348249' when trying to make a server backup: low disk space for Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS)

When I try to start the windows server backup it fails because of empty disk space. I get the following error message in the event log: The backup operation that started at xxx has failed because ...
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File History not working on RAID-5 disks

I have a single hard disk along with a RAID-5 configured across 3 other disks. On Windows 7 I had shadow copies enabled and it worked great. After moving to Windows 10 I realized that File History ...
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How do I enable Volume Shadow Copies on a mounted VHD on Windows 8

How can I enable volume shadow copies for a mounted VHD volume on Windows 8? The mounted volume does not appear in the list of volumes available to enable VSC on: As you can see, VSC is enabled for ...
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Shadow copy recovered files contain lots of NULL blocks

A computer I am working on had most of the files on it encrypted by the TeslaCrypt ransomware program. I found that it did not delete the shadow copies and there may be a number of backups available. ...
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Error on “vssadmin list shadows”

Using an admin cmd prompt, I typed: vssadmin list shadows, and got the following: Contents of shadow copy set ID: {...} Contained 1 shadow copies at creation time: ... Error: The shadow ...
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How to see previous names of folders in windows?

I have a customer who we have installed software onto their server. This software allows the customer to upload zip folders to a server. The software then unzips them, and puts both the zip and the ...
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What does “parse junctions” mean when copying all files to another drive?

The free program Shadow Copy is supposed to copy all files from one drive to another, including system and hidden files, so the destination will also be bootable if the source was. There is an option ...
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“Create a restore point” on specific drive - Windows 8.1 Pro x64

I go to Charms(Windows key), type "Create a Restore Point" and then "Configure..." physically different drives (SSDs, HDDs) to "Turn on System Protection". I have a 2 TB HDD which I bought ...
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How Shadow Copy Service works? how it backups the data which we modified

I am Using Shadow Copy to restore my files,and restoring my files. I wonder how does it works.
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Shadow Copy - “Failed to retrieve volumes that are eligible” - 0x8004230f

We have a server running Windows Server 2008. The server is the file share server. Shadow copies look to have been set up previously, but now it isn't working at all. Upon right-clicking on the ...
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volsnap: The shadow copies of volume C: were aborted because of an IO failure on volume C:

I have the following error appearing in Event Viewer several times per day: The shadow copies of volume C: were aborted because of an IO failure on volume C:. source: volsnap Nothing found in web ...
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Zip files and Volume Shadow Copy

I back a lot of data up using WinRAR and I create a .rar file from these backups. Since I back up about 20GB of data at a time this process takes some time. Sometimes I need to open a few of the ...
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Restore previous version of a folder when the owner is deleted

How to restore a previous folder version in Windows 7 (using the built-in shadow copy functionality) when the user that owned the folder is deleted? I can not change ownership as it denies me ...
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Windows 8.1 Insufficient storage available to create shadow copy

[Note: After I entered the problem statement, I found this question, which is apparently the same problem. Maybe one of us will get a good answer...] I have used the "Windows 7 File Recovery" tool ...
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Best practice with previous versions / shadow copy (CIFS storage)?

Currently I'm using previous versions (i.e. shadow copies) as backup for a network share. I need to solve a problem with restoring: when restoring a file only the owner can use previous versions....
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Fixing Volume Shadow Copy (VSS) System Writer / CAPI2 Event Error 512 on Windows 8

For many years now, Microsoft's Volume Shadow Store (VSS), also known as Previous Versions feature, has been built into Windows. It is still there in Windows 8, and the former Windows-7 backup ...
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Audio/video glitch when Shadow Copy service starts?

I have a Windows 7 64 bit PC that I've started having a strange issue with. Every so often my computer "freezes" for a second or two; any audio will be distorted for those couple seconds and video ...
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How to take backup of Previous Versions in Win 7?

Windows 7 keeps an archive of the Previous Versions of files using its Volume Shadow-Copy Service (VSS). How can I take a backup or image of the Previous Versions archive for a specific folder?
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Why is my 500GB hdd not readable after dd'ed on a different 500GB hdd?

Accidentally formatted an important external 500GB hdd yesterday. Not an SDD, 2.5". (Quick) formatting occured while installing windows xp on it. I had the wrong usb drive plugged in. ~600MB are ...
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Shadow backup not available

We are using windows server 2003 R2. In the server we have enabled the shadow backup for 4 drives& that can be accessible from any of client pcs. But in one windows 7 home pc we cannot access ...
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Copy in use files with security Permissions

Is there a free Windows utility that will let me copy folders and sub folder contents with their NTFS security permissions and let me copy in use files?
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How to increase length of Previous Versions history?

In Win 7 you can right-click a file or folder and access the Previous Versions. I noticed a folder only went back about 3 months. How can I increase this to 1 year?
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How much space does volume shadowing take up?

So for example in a server environment I set up shadowing on volume N, how much space do I assign for it? Would a 1mb word document take up 1mb shadowing space on the volume?
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Shadow copy in XP?

Can the volume shadow copy system being installed on XP Pro standalone? If not, what are some suitable free alternatives?
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Is there a way to use Volume Shadow Copy on Windows 8?

I can't find the Previous Versions tab that used to be available, and I see that there is now the new File History thing, but it only appears to back up libraries. But I want it for all of my folders. ...
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What other services are required for the Volume Shadow Copy service to start?

For some reason, the Volume Shadow Copy service is stopping. I figure that it could be because one or several other services are stopped. I have recently disinfected the computer from a malware, and ...
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How should I restore Windows 7 using shadow copies?

I had some rogue or poorly-written software execute the equivalent of CTRL+A -> SHIFT+DEL on my C: drive right after a reboot required by a driver install. Every file that hadn't been running and hadn'...
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Shadow copy referencing invalid volume from symboliclink when using TrueCrypt

I recently replaced my motherboard after the last one failed (was shorting and causing random reboots). I'm sure this was not healthy for the machine, and that a clean install would do wonders, but I'...
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How to set up a centralized backup server with lots of offsite workstations, intermittent internet connectivity, and stubborn users?

This might be an impossible question. Context: We have a bunch of computers across around 1000 users. We have a centralized office where 900 of the users work, most of the time. Most of the ...
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How to set VSS (Shadow Copy) Retention

I am in the process of optimizing the VSS on our Windows Server 2008 SP2 machine. I would like to do the following: Run a snapshot at 11:59 AM and 11:59 PM every day Keep a retention of 30 days for ...