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Windows 7: VSS shadowstorage resize failure

24 Feb 2015   #1
TrevD

Windows 7 Home x64
 
 
VSS shadowstorage resize failure

To free disk space, attempted to resize shadow copy max. storage space using:

Command Prompt (admin) $vssadmin resize shadowstorage /on=C: /for=C: /maxsize=15GB

The command appears - at first - to pass successfully, i.e., allocates max. of 15 GB for said purpose.
However, few days later, or possibly after system reboots, command gets overridden and re-allocates
50GB instead of specified 15GB.

This is the 3rd attempt around.

Any thoughts what could be the cause(s)?


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25 Feb 2015   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Do you use Avast?
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25 Feb 2015   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Run this command and copy the output here:

vssadmin list providers
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25 Feb 2015   #4
TrevD

Windows 7 Home x64
 
 

Yes, Avast (spooked )

$vssadmin list providers

Provider name: 'Microsoft Software Shadow Copy provider 1.0'
Provider type: System
Provider Id: {b5946137-7b9f-4925-af80-51abd60b20d5}
Version: 1.0.0.7
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25 Feb 2015   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The provider was not changed. So that is OK. Disable Avast and see what happens.
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25 Feb 2015   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Several members have had a problem with Avast changing the Restore Point size automatically. This happens even after setting the RP volume your self.

I don't remember the exact version of Avast that does this but they did solve the problem by completely removing Avast using their on line removal too.

You could check the Avast Forum and see if a solution has been found by the Avast people.

Edit:
I just found this and it should help.

https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=162041.0
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26 Feb 2015   #7
TrevD

Windows 7 Home x64
 
 

Much appreciated. Thanks for pointing to the Avast link.

I erased all previous stored shadows via $vssadmin delete shadows /all
to circumvent any potential corrupted copies.
Then set a max. allowed storage of 10 GB.

System has undergone a reboot since, without affecting the setting.

Used Shadow Copy Storage space: 440.563 MB (0%)
Allocated Shadow Copy Storage space: 2.188 GB (2%)
Maximum Shadow Copy Storage space: 10 GB (10%)

My observation is that as soon as stored copies approach max. allowed volume the command will
get overridden.
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26 Feb 2015   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Just keep a watch on your settings to make sure they don't change for a few more days.
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