I ran Server Backup to my X: drive within Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard one time to see if it works, and it did.

But now when i try to setup a backup schedule, it gives me this error on the last step:

An error occured while creating the diff area (space for maintaining previous backup versions) file on the backup destination volume. The specified backup destination has the shadow copy storage on another volume.

And it won't let me setup a scheduled backup now. I tried deleting the X:\WindowsState backup file it made on the original run, but that didn't do anything, I still get this error. I never thought backups were so complicated these days, can anyone help with this?


The answer might be in the question, so to speak.

Take a look in Disk Management at the properties for the volume that you're backing up to. The Shadow Copies tab will show you which drive is currently configured for storing its shadow copies (NB, this tab doesn't appear if you open the volume properties from Explorer).

  • Ok so it says this for drive X: under the Shadow Copies (Properties) Next Run Time: Disabled Shares: 0 Used: 3000 MB on Z: – Zee Tee Apr 27 '12 at 13:13
  • I open the Z: drive, and nothing is there.. What's next? – Zee Tee Apr 27 '12 at 13:15
  • The shadow copy storage is hidden in the System Volume Information folder, but you shouldn't delete that manually anyway. In the Shadow Copy settings for drive X, can you click the settings button and change the volume for storing shadow copies to X:? – Chris McKeown Apr 27 '12 at 13:18
  • It's probably worth mentioning that your shadow copies for X: may have been put onto Z: due to lack of available disk space on Z:, so you may have problems if you shift it back. YMMV. – Chris McKeown Apr 27 '12 at 13:21
  • I get an error now when i try that: Failed to create the storage area association, Error 0x8004231d: The specified shadow copy storage association is in use and so can't be deleted – Zee Tee Apr 27 '12 at 13:21

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