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    Default Use Vssadmin command-line to manage VSS in Windows

    You can manage the Volume Shadow Copy service using the Vssadmin command-line tool from an elevated command prompt. Vssadmin displays current volume shadow copy backups and all installed shadow copy writers and providers.

    You can use this tool to list shadows, detele shadows, resize shadow storage, list writers, create new volume shadow copy, etc, by running the following commands:

    • Vssadmin add shadowstorage : Adds a volume shadow copy storage association.
    • Vssadmin create shadow : Creates a new volume shadow copy.
    • Vssadmin delete shadows : Deletes volume shadow copies.
    • Vssadmin delete shadowstorage : Deletes volume shadow copy storage associations.
    • Vssadmin list providers : Lists registered volume shadow copy providers.
    • Vssadmin list shadows : Lists existing volume shadow copies.
    • Vssadmin list shadowstorage : Lists all shadow copy storage associations on the system.
    • Vssadmin list volumes : Lists volumes that are eligible for shadow copies.
    • Vssadmin list writers : Lists all subscribed volume shadow copy writers on the system.
    • Vssadmin resize shadowstorage : Resizes the maximum size for a shadow copy storage association.

    You can read more at TechNet.
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    I have a question regarding "Vssadmin": I'm installing my OS and Programs on an SSD labeled C: and my Documents on an HDD labeled D: and wanted to limit the Program & Erase cycles to my SSD. If I use this command "VSSADMIN add shadowstorage /for=c: /on=d: /maxsize=900mb" will it add the shadowstorage on D: in addition to wherever the shadowstorage is stored or will it move the existing shadowstorage to D:? I have the same question for this command "vssadmin resize shadowstorage /For=C: /On=D: /MaxSize=1000MB"??? Which command would you use to move the shadowstorage from C: to D:???

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