While performing a System state backup using WSB , the backup fails with following error “There is not enough disk space to create the volume shadow copy on the storage location”
SwapnilBhaidkarSeptember 10, 20102
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7600]
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C:\wbadmin start systemstatebackup -backuptarget:f:
wbadmin 1.0 – Backup command-line tool
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Starting to back up the system state [31/08/2010 16:23]…
Retrieving volume information…
This will back up the system state from volume(s) System Reserved (100.00 MB),Local Disk(C:) to f:.
Do you want to start the backup operation?
[Y] Yes [N] No y
Creating a shadow copy of the volumes specified for backup…
Summary of the backup operation:
The backup of the system state failed [31/08/2010 16:23].
Log of files successfully backed up:
Log of files for which backup failed:
There is not enough disk space to create the volume shadow copy on the storage location. Make sure that, for all volumes to be backup up, the minimum required disk space for shadow copy creation is available. This applies to both the backup storage destination and volumes included in the backup.Minimum requirement: For volumes less than 500 megabytes, the minimum is 50 mega bytes of free space. For volumes more than 500 megabytes, the minimum is 320 megabytes of free space.
Recommended: At least 1 gigabyte of free disk space on each volume if volume size is more than 1 gigabyte.
There is not enough space on the disk.
The failure occurs even if you have plenty of space on the C: Drive and the shadow storage is set to NO LIMIT.
The system reserved partition (100 MB) had files from the 3rd party backup application which was taking up the space. We are not allowed to keep any data in the system reserved volume. You should not have anything else than the files below
14/07/2009 02:38 383,562 bootmgr
12/08/2009 06:19 8,192 BOOTSECT.BAK
2 File(s) 391,754 bytes
3 Dir(s) 73,777,152 bytes free
1. Give a drive letter to the System reserved partition
2. Open a Command prompt with Administrative privileges
3. CD into the drive and try dir /a
4. Locate the unwanted folders and move them or delete them out of the system reserved partition.
5. Try a WBAdmin system state backup.
6. If successful , Remove the Drive letter from the system reserved partition.
Support Escalation Engineer – Windows Core