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

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volume shadow copy, used space by folder

When creating a volume shadow copy of a drive, e.g. by calling wmic shadowcopy call create Volume=c:\, a snapshot of all files is stored in the "System Volume Information" folder. Older ...
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Restoring shadow copy from PowerShell

I am running Windows server 2019 Standard, powershell version 5.1.17763.316. I want to restore a shadow copy of a remote volume using PowerShell. I found some commands online but they all failed: Get-...
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Windows Backup failure creating system image

On a UEFI W10 computer Windows Backup fails to create a system image, there's some VSS (Volume Shadow Service) errors logged with detail "the requested system device could not be found". I ...
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Prevent Volume Shadow Copies on removable media

We sell an integrated system, where we use a set of SSDs as exchangeable data storage. The system has a built-in Compact-Flash disk used for the OS (Windows 10) and several SSDs attached via SATA in ...
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Is the Volume Shadow Service turned on by default in Windows 10?

For Windows 10 laptops (in the EU), is the VSS turned on or off by default - if possible to say? I know that System Restore is turned off by default. If it's typically on, is there any reason why it ...
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File Server Resource Manager Expiration Tasks fails with Shadow Copy error

I'm running Windows Server 2012 with File Server Resource Manager role. We have two tasks configured to remove stale files on a X drive. This week I started to see the errors below in Windows ...
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Previous versions tab from Volume Shadow Services

In Windows 7 I had the following habit: Create a system restore point (which creates a shadow copy) Make some heavy changes to files Open [Properties > previous versions > Timestamp] of a ...
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How can I create a copy-on-write copy of a folder on Windows 10?

There's plenty of documentation on btrfs CoW, ZFS deduplication, and whatnot, but theoretically NTFS also has a CoW feature that Windows uses to give you the "previous versions" feature among other ...
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Are VSS snapshots still created automatically in Windows 8 and later?

I've read conflicting information on this, so wanted to clarify the situation. With Windows Vista/7, several third-party tools exist that can mount the contents of a Volume Shadow Copy (VSS) snapshot ...
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How to copy directory stucture, folders, sub-folders, files properties,metadata wihtout copying the actual content of files?

Softwares like DirLister, Snap2HTML I have a external disk of size 2tb,, and laptop with 500gb SSD and free time at work.. Copy Volume Shadow of External Disk, just directory structure and files, ...
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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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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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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?