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Windows 7: How to remove a Shadow Copy Storage Association

04 Apr 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
How to remove a Shadow Copy Storage Association

Hi guys!

Trying to figure out how to remove a Shadow Copy Storage Association but can't figure out how to.

I have 4 HDDs in my computer and I use one of the disks as a pure backup disk holding both manually performed file copies but also an image of my system disk. The drive letter for this disk is E: and using the vssadmin resize shadowstorage command I have chosed to set 100 GB aside for this but when I run the command vssadmin list shadowstorage (as seen in the pic linked below) Windows for some reason I don't understand also has one of my other disks ( D: ) associated with shadow copy storage.

This is what it looks like ->


Thanks a lot in advance for any tips on how to get rid of this association for the D: disk!

//Richard

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04 Apr 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Richard, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Shadow copy is part of system protection.

Double check to make sure that you have system protection turned off for the D: drive to no longer have restore points and shadow copies (previous versions) created for it.

System Protection - Turn On or Off

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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05 Apr 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks Shawn but I already made sure System Protection is OFF, I even tried enable/disable it to really make sure it's OFF. I attached the links below to a couple of more screenshots to better show my issue.

As you can see System Protection is OFF for all my disks (also my C/System disk not seen in the screenshot) and when I click the Configure button for any of my other disks Max Usage is blank but when I do the same thing for the D disk it reports 1% (18.63 GB) although I've moved the slider as far to the left as possible.





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05 Apr 2013   #4

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Code:
vssadmin  delete  shadows  /for=D:
vssadmin  list  shadows
post output
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05 Apr 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Already tried that but anyway here's the output

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05 Apr 2013   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Richard,

It's showing as 0 bytes for actual usage, and no shadow copies on your drives.

The "max" is just the max limit if system protection was turned on. It's not allocated space unless turned on.

Basically, if you have System Protection turned off for a drive, then that drive is no longer using shadow copies or restore points.
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05 Apr 2013   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks but I do understand that. What I don't understand is why my D disk is listed using the vssadmin list shadowstorage command when my other disks are not except for my E disk which should be listed since that is my backup disk where I keep both my manually backed up data but also the image of my system drive created by wbadmin.

Thanks as well for the private hint on how to post images directly. Tried to reply to that message but either I'm plain stupid or blind but couldn't find a reply button
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05 Apr 2013   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Are the other disks removable?

If so, then that's why since system protection is only available for internal disks.
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05 Apr 2013   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

My disk setup looks as below

C: My system drive where I have Windows installed, this is a SSD disk
D: My data drive where I keep all my media and installation files, a normal mechanical drive
E: My backup drive where I keep both manually backed up files and images of my C: drive, a normal mechanical drive
F: My MS Flight Simulator X drive where I only keep installed things related to FSX, this is a SSD disk

I have System Protection turned OFF for all 4 disks but as mentioned above I have 100 GB VSS space reserved on my E: disk to hold my images of the C: disk.

So to answer your question all disks are internal disks but as listed above I have 2 SSD disks and 2 mechanical disks and both these mechanical disks are associated with VSS according to Windows - could that be the thing that there's a difference if the disk is a SSD disk vs a mechanical disk...?
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05 Apr 2013   #10
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

A SSD drive wouldn't be any different than a HDD for this.

Go ahead and post a screenshot showing the full layout of your Disk Management window to see if it may help reveal why.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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