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Windows 7: Cannot backup anymore (insufficient storage...shadow copy data)


20 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Cannot backup anymore (insufficient storage...shadow copy data)

Hello. I am trying to be better at being organized/maintaining my system by externalizing my files: music files, pictures, backups, VMs, etc.

Recently I used one hard drive (~270 GB and labeled H:\) for my backups and iTunes library. I started with the iTunes library and got that perfect so that it now points to the only folder directory in H:\

Now I moved on to setting up the Windows backups. I set it up to back up only the 'Files in libraries and personal folders for all users'. SUCCESS! I see that it installs directly to the root of the H:\ and even has some hidden files.

I read some boards and realized that I had not checked 'Include a system image of drives: System Reserved, (C:\)'. I went back to manage my backups and made sure this was selected and attempted to back up. FAIL. "A shadow copy could not be created. Please check 'VSS' and 'SPP' application event logs for more information. Details: insufficient storage available to create either the shadow copy storage file or other shadow copy data."

I reverted back and unchecked the box. Tried to back up just the libraries and personal folders again. FAIL. Same error message. I then tried to delete the old backup and even the hidden files (leaving my iTunes directory still on H:\). Then attempted again. FAIL.

What have I done to not allow back ups to be done now? Clearly it can't be space issue. I have ~260 GB still left on the drive. Please advise. Thanks in advance.


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20 Jan 2011   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Do the following to clarify the situation: Open an elevated Command Prompt (run as admin) and paste this command in and then hit Enter =>

vssadmin list shadowstorage /on=H:

Then right click on the Cmd window and click Select All, then right click again on the Cmd window and you have the content of Cmd on your clipboard. Then paste it here into the message window.
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20 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7600]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Windows\system32>vssadmin list shadowstorage /on=H:
vssadmin 1.1 - Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2001-2005 Microsoft Corp.

No items found that satisfy the query.

C:\Windows\system32>
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20 Jan 2011   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

So there is nothing in the shadowstorage.
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20 Jan 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

So it seems. I don't really know what that means. As I mentioned, the only files/directories is the iTunes library that I have mapped to my H:\ drive now. When I go to folder options, select View, and uncheck 'Hide protected operating system files', 2 directories show up: $Recycle.Bin and System Volume Information (which is unaccessible when I click into it).

I haven't tried backing up these files onto another drive yet. Might that be the next step?
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