Connect with OliverSK on about.me and twitter.com/oliversk | extension Get Our Chrome Extension

Delete shadow copies in Windows 7/8 to free up disk space!

Written by: Oliver Krautscheid - Published: Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Shadow copies (you might know it from the backup service) can occupy a lot of disk space, here’s how you can delete them and free up some of that much needed space.

Ads:

1. Step First of all we have to figure out what shadow copies we have. To do that open up an elevated command prompt. If you’re on Windows 8 you’d better read this tutorial. If you don’t do that you will get the error “You don’t have the correct permissions to run this command. Please run this utility from command windows that has elevated administrator privileges”

2. Step Ok, got an elevated command prompt? Great. Enter vssadmin list shadows

No Items Found That Satisfy The Query 1

If you are not using the shadow copy feature for anything, it should return: No items found that satisfy the query

Else, if you already have a few shadow copies you will see that they have a ID that looks like this:

{57458548-863-4566-8c455-5455645656}

3. Step To delete a specific shadow copy you can now use the command vssadmin delete shadows /shadow={57458548-863-4566-8c455-5455645656}

As you can see deleting specific shadow copies is quite easy, but doesn’t free up a lot of disk space usually. Check below to find more ways

More Ways To Free Disk Space

7 Ways To Free Disk Space

Comments

comments


Trending On Windows 7 Themes .Net

Related Questions


Written by: Oliver Krautscheid
Oliver is the founder and lead editor of this site. He is interested in finding new ways to break Windows, find common errors and help others to fix them. Aside from that, he loves to fully customize systems with Rainmeter and Dreamscene, find out more about ancient civilizations like the Chachapoya, sharpen his digital photography skills and create software with a small group of selected developers. If you would like to connect with him to discuss anything, send him a mail!

Learn More About.Me

Follow me on Twitter for daily updates: Twitter Follower

Contact The Author: support@windows7themes.net Get Free Help.png

Connect With Our Site:

facebook google twitter


Need help? Ask a question at our QA site, click the red button to get started:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Current day month ye@r *