Volume shadow copies are used to take a snapshot of how a disk volume was at a particular point in time. Their management is mostly automated and usually works well without intervention, But there are times in which shadow copies are consuming a fair amount of space and you can’t delete them using the Configure Shadow Copies window.

In this very short 3 minute video we show you how to delete Shadow Copies in three different ways:

  1. Using the GUI and DELETE button
  2. Using VSSAdmin delete shadows /all in an elevated command prompt to delete all Shadow Copies
  3. Using VSSAdmin Resize ShadowStorage /For=C: /On=C: /MaxSize=900MB to shrink space available to Shadow Copies, so they have to purge the old stuck Shadow Copies

If you have any questions or concerns about shadow copy, simply leave a comment below and we will do our best to respond.


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