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Windows 7: Shadow Copy Creation Failure (0x81000101) VSS running

30 Oct 2013   #1
I Am Nobody

Windows 7 64bit
Shadow Copy Creation Failure (0x81000101) VSS running

About two weeks ago an internal program from HP warned me about an imminent HDD failure and advised me to make a backup. From that point on the system has been running slower than normally.

Today i got an external HDD and tried to create a system backup image, and subsequently a normal backup. Both operations failed with the Error message:
"The creation of a shadow copy has timed out. Try this operation again. (0x81000101)"

I checked other solutions and have determined that most of the solutions don't apply since the Volume Shadow Service is up and running. I have no previous restoration points that could be corrupt, and the volume i am trying to do the back up on is compatible with VSS.

Currently i am completely at a loss about what could cause the program to fail at the same point in the process all the time.
I am hesitant to assume that it is a simple I/O error, because the HDD does not seem to have failed yet, since i can perform all tasks (albeit slowly) and access any file.

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30 Oct 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

I would try an imageing program like free Macrium.

Imaging with free Macrium
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31 Oct 2013   #3

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

You could also try running diagnostics on the HP internal HDD. You can use Windows checkdisk or the HDD manufacturers diagnostics (you'll need to find the HDD HP are using).
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01 Nov 2013   #4

Windows 10 Pro

You also drag and drop your user folder from C\users onto the external, thus backing up all your files.
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