Shadow copy filling hard drive, unable to turn off.

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by BD, Aug 25, 2005.

  1. BD

    BD Guest

    I am running Server 2003, with a raid array. I have about 160 GB on my e:
    drive and it has filled up with 132 GB's of shadow copy files. I was first
    alerted that something was wrong when I attempted to remote desktop into the
    server and check on some apps. Remote desktop didn't work. I verified that
    my remote desktop setup was unchanged on both ends but couldn't find out what
    was happening. At this point I checked the logs and found some issues
    related to disk space.
    Upon checking my e: drive, I found 132 GB's of used, yet unaccounted for
    space, with only about 4 GB free. I finally found the files and they were in
    the "system volume information" folder on the drive. After further research
    on this folder I found that it holds the backup information.
    Every attempt to click on the tab for shadow copy on the properties window
    of the e: drive freezes that window. Any attempt to go into disk management
    is unsuccessful as well.
    As you can see, the lack of available disk space is severely hindering my
    ability to solve the problem of lack of available disk space.
    I have read through many posts both here and on other tech sites and found
    some information on using the "vssadmin" command. Is this my best bet, if
    so, can someone give me more specific switches/arguments to use with this to
    either turn off the shadow copy or recover a majority of the space?
    Also, are there other things I should be looking at that might also be
    causing these problems?

    Thanks in advance,
    BD, Aug 25, 2005
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  2. Did you try to work in safe mode?
    Giuseppe Nacci, Aug 25, 2005
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  3. BD

    BD Guest

    No, I haven't. I was concerned about using safe mode with a raid array,
    never done that before.
    BD, Aug 25, 2005
  4. BD

    BD Guest

    Just tried safe mode... problem is, shadow copy doesn't load when in safe
    mode, so there is no way to change it. Including using the vssadmin command.
    Can I delete the files from the system volume information directory without
    screwing up windows?
    BD, Aug 25, 2005
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