Windows 10: Can I move shadow storage to another drive on Windows 10 Home?

Discus and support Can I move shadow storage to another drive on Windows 10 Home? in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; I've been getting the occasional event Code: The shadow copies of volume C: were deleted because the shadow copy storage could not grow in time.... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by Blaq, Jan 23, 2019.

  1. Blaq Win User

    Can I move shadow storage to another drive on Windows 10 Home?


    I've been getting the occasional event
    Code: The shadow copies of volume C: were deleted because the shadow copy storage could not grow in time. Consider reducing the IO load on the system or choose a shadow copy storage volume that is not being shadow copied.[/quote] I'm running Windows 10 Home. Is there a way to move C: shadow storage to D: on this version of Windows?

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  2. Shadow Copy With Storage Spaces?

    1 Create shadow storage

    1.1 The System protection tab in System Properties

    • this GUI only lists NTFS volumes, so you can't create shadow storage for ReFS volume there
    • instead try one of:
      • vssadmin add shadowstorage /for=D: /on=D: /maxsize=100GB (Windows Server only)
        • alternatively for non-server Windows editions try vssadmin resize shadowstorage /for=D: /on=D: /maxsize=10% that will add shadow storage if it does not exist and thus is comparable to vssadmin add
      • wmic shadowstorage call create Volume=D:\ DiffVolume=D:\ MaxSpace=20
        • if this command returns ReturnValue = 10 (which is Unknown error) workaround follows
      • wmic shadowcopy call create Volume=D:\
        • creating shadow copy on disk without shadow storage will create one automatically
        • you can resize the shadow storage with vssadmin resize shadowstorage /for=D: /on=D: /maxsize=10%

    1.2 List shadow storages

    • make sure the shadow storage is there and configured using one of:
      • vssadmin list shadowstorage
      • wmic shadowstorage list

    2 Create shadow copy

    2.1 Create shadow copy

    • you want to use scheduled system protection feature, but for now just take a snapshot manually:
      • wmic shadowcopy call create Volume=D:\

    2.2 List shadow copies

    • verify the snapshot was created:
      • vssadmin list shadows /for=D:

    3 Mount shadow copy

    • since you are using Storage Spaces, you won't see snapshots in Previous versions tab in disk/file properties
    • but the snapshots exists and can be mounted as a folder
    • this shortage apply for both NTFS and ReFS Storage Spaces
    • to mount a snapshot you will need shadow ID, shadow path and temporary folder

    3.1 Get shadow copy ID

    • vssadmin list shadows /for=D:
      • look for something like this Shadow Copy ID: {5cc29315-0379-415e-8496-69923618e3de}

    3.2 Get shadow copy path

    • wmic shadowcopy where "ID='{5cc29315-0379-415e-8496-69923618e3de}'" get DeviceObject
    • or vssadmin list shadows /for=D:
      • look for Shadow Copy Volume: \\?\GLOBALROOT\Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy624

    3.3 Mount shadow copy as folder

    • mklink /j %tmp%\shadow \\?\GLOBALROOT\Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy624\
      • note the extra \ at the end
      • the shadow copy is now available in %tmp%\shadow
     
    Vlastimil Ovčáčík, Jan 23, 2019
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  3. EdKeay Win User
    Windows 10 Shadow Drive

    I installed Windows 10 and would like now to create a shadow drive. Can you create a Windows 10 shadow drive similar to the Windows 7 function? There is a file backup feature & a recovery drive feature, but I don't see a shadow drive. It has a Window
    7 shadow drive, but does it work for Window 10? Or will we need an outside app?

    Thanks,

    Ed Keay
     
    EdKeay, Jan 23, 2019
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  4. 333t Win User

    Can I move shadow storage to another drive on Windows 10 Home?

    How to remove a bad drive in Windows 10 storage spaces pool

    Could someone list the steps involved in replacing a bad drive from a Windows 10 storage spaces pool? I cannot find any info on the Microsoft support site that is specific to Windows 10. Also, could you list the steps to remove a 'good' drive and replace
    it with another drive if the process is different?
     
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