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Windows 7: Volume shadow copy necessary?

06 Apr 2011   #31

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, service pack 1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
I would simply not deactivate it.

There are 2 types of backup in "Windows Backup & Restore" and they are very different.
(1) File/folder backup makes .zip files and backups up personal data - mp3s documents .....
(2) Images are a COMPLETE snapshot of your partition. Operating system, programs, data .....the lot.
Im not going to deactivate it, but anyway backing up files/folders doesnt depends on that volume shadow copy is ativated? :)

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06 Apr 2011   #32

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 1976kjell View Post
What if the volume shadow copy is deactivated in "services", will backing up personal files still work?
This question implies you are considering turning the service off. My response is don't.
If your question is academic, you can try turning the service off and see what happens to your backup capability.
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06 Apr 2011   #33

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scrotiny View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 1976kjell View Post
I wonder if I should use volume shadow copy on my PC. Is it necessary? Is it typical that it creates many problems?
If you use Macrium and presumably many other imaging programs the service is required to be enabled else the imaging will not work, unless I'm mistaken.

Hi there

Acronis doesn't need or require this feature -- I always think why is it that things like Backups which EVERYBODY should do are made complicated by MS -- why should people be concerned with "Shadow Volumes" etc -- in fact I'd wager that even on THIS forum probably over 50% of the people do not know what this service is and what it does.

Other backup programs might also work fine without this too -- I use ACRONIS and can certainly say I've never found the VSS or whatever to be a requirement for sucessfull partition imaging.

Now if you are using DYNAMIC disks or some types of RAID this could be another issue - but even here you can always image WHOLE DISKS too.

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06 Apr 2011   #34

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Apart from backup services I've seen obscure reference to "other services". Maybe someone knows what the "other" services are.
I don't rely on restore points but Windows updates uses them. Would updates be impacted?

Pragmatically, if it's just left in manual it shouldn't get in the way and if it's ever needed by some "other" service it's there.
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