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    Low Disk Space on D

    I run Vista home premium x64 and kept getting a low memory msg. for my recovery disk (D). I used vssadmin.cmd under administrative privaledge to increase D by 200GB.
    I still get the Low Disk Space warning and all backups fail due to lack of memory.
    What is the fix?

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    Re: Low Disk Space on D

    Quote Originally Posted by yukonbob View Post
    I run Vista home premium x64 and kept getting a low memory msg. for my recovery disk (D). I used vssadmin.cmd under administrative privaledge to increase D by 200GB.
    I still get the Low Disk Space warning and all backups fail due to lack of memory.
    What is the fix?
    Your Recovery Drive D: is for reinstalling your Vista OS only.

    NOT FOR BACKING UP YOUR OWN DATA.

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    Re: Low Disk Space on D

    So...why does it keep complaining of "Low Disk Space" even though I increased the space by 200GB?

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    Re: Low Disk Space on D

    I suggest you set it back to the original size after you deleted everything that is not system recovery files. My guess would be that there is something wrong with the shadowstorage setting. Type vssadmin list shadowstorage into an elevated Command prompt and have a look what the allocated and maximum numbers are. Then report back.
    Also, does the D show in red in COMPUTER and what does it say about the free space.

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    Re: Low Disk Space on D

    For volume: (D
    Used Shadow copy storage space: 3.656GB
    Maximum Shadow Copy Storage space: 200GB

    For Volume: (C
    Used Shadow Copy storage space: 56.916GB
    Allocated Shadow Copy Storage space: 58.941GB
    Maximum Shadow Copy Storage space: 200GB

    Nothing shows in red in Computer looking at either drive.

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    Re: Low Disk Space on D

    Can you post a screenshot of Disk Management, with your USB External Hard drive plug in.

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    Re: Low Disk Space on D

    As I suspected, your shadowstorage on D is all screwed up. Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > right click on Command Prompt > Run as Adminitrator. Then into the little black window paste this command and then hit Enter:

    vssadmin Resize ShadowStorage /For=C: /On=C: /MaxSize=300MB

    Now you can clean-up D (only keep the system recovery files/folders) and set it back to it's original size - which was probably around 10GB. And as was said, do not write anything on D. If you make file backups with Vista file backup, watch out. It assumes D as default drive. You have to change that during the setup. With all the space you recovered, you could define a new partition or use an external drive ( which is better anyhow in case your disk crashes).

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    Re: Low Disk Space on D

    Thanks for the help. I will pick up an external drive at BestBuy next time I'm in town.

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