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Windows 7: Using vssadmin command line to store Restore files on the DATA drive

07 Jan 2014   #1
PapaStang

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 
Using vssadmin command line to store Restore files on the DATA drive

In David Karp's book Windows 7 Annoyances he shows how to move your System Restore files to your DATA Volume or Drive - Command prompt in Administrator mode - My OS (W7 Home Premium x64) is on C: and my data is on drive D: - so the Command is as follows -

vssadmin add shadowstorage /for=C: /on=D:

I have tried this with both the C: and D: turned ON (in System Protection) - with just the D: drive turned on - used the installation disk and the repair disk with the Command Prompt to no avail - Maybe this only works with the Prof or Ultimate versions??? -

Any help appreciated as this would free up space on my system drive - John


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07 Jan 2014   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

This is only working on server versions of Windows. Not on desktop versions.
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11 Jan 2014   #3
PapaStang

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 
Why I wanted to do this (besides saving space on my System partition)

Thanks WHS

Check out the following link:

Move the Users Directory in Windows 7

I used this routine and have had no trouble but "Roobs" does not explain how to recover if your System partition crashed - I tried to contact this website (it seems Roobs is no longer a member) - At the end of his post, reader "Steve" explains how to recover if you have a problem during the original setup - Notice you have to have access to your Restore points in order to fix your permissions or, when you try to boot you'll get the error like "can't find your user profile etc" - So, my thought was if you had your Restore points on the Data partition you MAY be able to recover - Note that this routine transfers the entire Users directory including AppData and the user registery files - The only way I've been able to recover is to restore the disk image which has the System and Data partitions together at the same point in time - But what if you have to do a clean install?
Any comments appreciated -
Papa
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11 Jan 2014   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Papa, that is far too many hoops to jump thru. Interesting but not practical. I use simple imaging (free Macrium) for the same purpose. That is a lot more straight foraward.
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11 Jan 2014   #5
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Awfully lot of work, simply to move the Users folder. I prefer the more complete solution, moving the existing and all new user profiles with a simply answer file: User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation
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13 Jan 2014   #6
PapaStang

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Hey WHS and Kari - I too am an angry old,old man!!! -Thanks for all the help - GREAT !! - I'm trying to take in all the info you
guys pointed me to, so It'll take awhile - I still wonder if there's a way to recover the DATA partition I've created - For imaging I've used mostly Acronis ATIH Plus Pack and their Disk Director Home 11 to do the maintenance on the drive(s) -


Again, Thanks for you help - Papa
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13 Jan 2014   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If your Data Partition image is a VHD, you can somply attach it in disk Management > Action tab. Then you can open it in Computer.
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17 Jan 2014   #8
PapaStang

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Thanks for the reply WHS - I think I can convert an Acronis .tib file to .vhd but may have to have W7 Ultimate - I've been following Kari's threads on setting up the Users partition (72) - Very interesting!! I've probably learned more from you guys in the last few days than over a year of Google'ing various solutions - Great Forum!!!
By the way, you should try Phoenix in the winter; much better ( and cheaper) than Fl.
Again, much thks - Papa
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17 Jan 2014   #9
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PapaStang View Post
Thanks for the reply WHS - I think I can convert an Acronis .tib file to .vhd but may have to have W7 Ultimate - I've been following Kari's threads on setting up the Users partition (72) - Very interesting!! I've probably learned more from you guys in the last few days than over a year of Google'ing various solutions - Great Forum!!!
By the way, you should try Phoenix in the winter; much better ( and cheaper) than Fl.
Again, much thks - Papa
Might be I misunderstand your reason to go for Ultimate, but for sysprepping and relocating main user profile folder you don't need it; any edition can be sysprepped.
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17 Jan 2014   #10
PapaStang

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Kari - I was replying to WHS who suggested that if my DATA partition was in VHS format, I could just attach it in disk Management > Action tab. Then you can open it in Computer. My comment about Ultimate was due to the following instruction from Acronis -

8.10.1.1 Converting Acronis backup -
Users of the Enterprise and Ultimate editions of Windows 7 can convert a tib image of the system
partition into the vhd format if they want to use the converted vhd file for booting the operating
system. Or, they may want to get the ability to mount images without using Acronis True Image
Home 2012.

I would assume I could use W7 HP to convert my DATA backup .tib file to .vhd since it is not the system partition and use Windows Explorer to recover the data to the new DATA Partition created using your method (or something like that!!)

Thanks for the info - Papa
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