Volume Shadow Copy Location

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Bill Marriott, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit... Is it possible to specify a different location
    for the Volume Shadow Copies? I would like to locate them on a different
    physical drive for space, performance, and safety reasons.
    Bill Marriott, Oct 11, 2009
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  2. Bill Marriott

    lemur Guest

    'Controlling Shadow Copies in Vista (and Windows 7!) - Solutions by PC
    Magazine' (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2342534,00.asp)


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    lemur, Oct 11, 2009
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  3. is it as easy as:

    vssadmin resize shadowstorage /on=F: /for=C: /maxsize=150GB
    Bill Marriott, Oct 11, 2009
  4. No, it isn't that simple...

    The result of

    vssadmin resize shadowstorage /on=F: /for=C: /maxsize=150GB


    Error: The specified volume shadow copy storage association was not found.

    Apparently this utility can only resize an existing shadow storage
    association, not change the location of it...

    Any other ideas?
    Bill Marriott, Oct 11, 2009
  5. Bill Marriott

    whs Guest

    The shadowstorage belongs on the volume it serves. You cannot relocat
    it. If you want the extra security, I suggest you go int
    Imaging/ghosting. Here is a short explanation ( 'Ghosting approaches
    summary because of popular demand « How-To Geek Forums
    ). And here you find an additional list of free imaging programs ( '
    Freeware Acronis True Image & Norton Ghost Alternatives
    (http://www.winvistaclub.com/d75.html) )
    whs, Oct 11, 2009
  6. Well, perhaps not "belongs" in the sense of being necessary or appropriate.
    Server editions of Windows have the ability to relocate shadow copies. And
    the vssadmin utility itself seems to have some vestige of handling shadow
    copies on a different volume (it at least accounts for the the idea of "on"
    and "for" as being separate volumes). I guess they have been
    neutered/dumbed-down for Windows 7.
    Bill Marriott, Oct 12, 2009
  7. Bill Marriott

    whs Guest

    Using a separate drive for storing shadow copies is only supported i
    WS2003 and WS2008, but not by Vista or Win7
    whs, Oct 12, 2009
  8. Bill Marriott


    Apr 30, 2014
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    Running Windows 7 Pro x64, the error message in the event log (Event 25, volsnap) says:

    "The shadow copies of volume C: were deleted because the shadow copy storage could not grow in time. Consider reducing the IO load on the system or choose a shadow copy storage volume that is not being shadow copied."

    So why would Windows 7 suggest I use a different shadow copy storage volume if using a different volume is not supported?
    mbmast, Apr 30, 2014
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