Volume shadow copy is a feature on all versions of the Microsoft Windows operating systems that allows backup copies of files or folders on a specified volume, either automatically or manually. To disable the volume shadow copy, the service has to be stopped. The service can be stopped from the volume shadow copy properties window and Windows administrative tools.
What is Volume Shadow Copy?
Volume Shadow Copy
, also known as Snapshot Service
, is a feature embedded in Windows 2003 and later in all releases of Microsoft Windows
. This technology allows you to make manual or automatic backup copies or snapshots of a file or folder on a specific volume. Shadow Copy technology requires the file system to be NTFS
Note that once the volume shadow copy is disabled, there is no use for previous versions of a file or folder element. To lighten the properties of a file or folder, you must remove the previous versions tab
through changes in the registry. If disk space poses a problem, you can edit the disk space allocated to shadow copies
so that you don't have to disable the volume shadow copy
Disabling Volume Shadow Copy
into the search
bar. Hit Enter
An option for Volume Shadow Copy
will appear. Double-click on the icon.
Change the startup type to Manual
, and then click Stop
Move to the Recovery
Set the First failure
, Second failure
, and Subsequent failures
options to Take No Action
How To Edit the Disk Space Allocated to Shadow Copy
If you do not want to disable shadow copies and would prefer to customize the maximum disk space
allocated to this service, here's a quick tutorial.
Go to your Start
menu, and navigate to All Programs
Right-click on the Command Prompt
> Run as administrator
Next, type the following command:
vssadmin resize shadowstorage/On = C: / For = C: / maxsize = 3GB
The / On = C: indicates that the photos will be saved on the C drive.
The / For = C: indicates that the photographs are those of the C drive.
The / maxsize = 3 GB indicates the size allocated to instant snapshots. In this case, that total is 3 GB.
Confirm by pressing OK
Disable Previous Shadow Copy Versions
Now that the service is disabled, all Previous Versions
are useless. In order to lighten the menu and properties of elements, it is best to remove it. However, before proceeding with this, it is highly recommended that you back up your registry
Open the Registry Editor
and locate the following key:
Create a new key with the name PreviousVersions
by going to the Edit menu
Next, create a new DWORD
(32-bit) under the latter key by using the name DisableLocalPage
. You can do this by going to the Edit menu
Double-click this value and put 1
in the data fields.