Is it possible to take a backup or image of the shadow store created by the Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS)?

Would Windows Backup include this data when doing a backup?

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    Backups of VSS.. Very meta. – Tom O'Connor Jul 10 '13 at 12:46
  • The VSS "Store" by default is within the same file system as the files that are being shadowed; like a snapshot function of NTFS. They aren't actually copied anywhere (normally) unless the file is changed after the shadow is taken. – Chris S Jul 10 '13 at 12:52
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    Are you asking this in hopes of a full restore having access to "previous versions"? If so, good question. – TheCleaner Jul 10 '13 at 13:13

There's actually no reason to back up this store. All VSS does is make a copy of your drive (well, commonly-used files) that is actually used by Windows Backup and other backup tools.

  • Sure there is a reason. Lets say I was transitioning to a new file and I wanted the 'Previous Versions' tab to keep working for my users. – Zoredache Jul 10 '13 at 17:15
  • Makes sense. In that case an image backup would be more appropriate because of the way VSS handles things. – Nathan C Jul 10 '13 at 17:29
  • @NathanC: how can I create an image backup of just one folder? – CJ7 Jul 11 '13 at 4:07
  • @CJ7 You can't. Image backup is the entire server. – Nathan C Jul 11 '13 at 11:26

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