Robert H. Hollar, Jr.


Enabling Shadow Copies for Windows
November 24, 2015
Robert H. Hollar, Jr.

Have you ever accidentally deleted a document or overwrote a file that you didn’t mean to? When it comes to situations like these Windows 7 and above provides a great preventative tool to help, it’s called using shadow copies. This is something that a lot of typical windows uses probably don’t know about and can help save a lot of time when it comes to file recovery, but it has to be enabled first in order to use.

I’m going to take you through the steps of turning on shadow copies on your machine so that in the future if you accidentally delete a file, you will have a chance at getting it back.

To enable Shadow Copy:

  1. Click Start, Run, then type compmgmt.msc and hit ENTER.
  2. In the console tree, right-click Shared Folders, click All Tasks, and click Configure Shadow Copies.
  3. Click the volume where you want to enable Shadow Copies of Shared Folders, and then click Enable.

You can customize the Shadow Copies frequency, schedule, and size limit by clicking on the volume you enabled shadow copies on and then selecting Settings. Since I want to be able to roll back to a file that was created before I started working that day, I am setting my schedule to back up daily at 6:00AM.

After clicking OK, you have successfully enabled Shadow Copies for the volume you selected and can feel a little more secure when your file and data safety comes to mind.

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Keywords

Shadow Copy, Shadow Copies, Backup, File, Recovery, Windows, Accidental Delete, Microsoft