How To Configure Shadow Copy in Windows

Shadow copy is a feature that allows you to recover the files (typically the shared files) which are accidently overwritten or deleted. First, you need to enable this feature (on the desired disk). After that, you can create multiple shadow copy versions for the selected disk. However, shadow copy cannot be considered as an alternate of the Window backup feature, because it only works until the system is working on which you have enabled it. If the system goes down or crashed accidently, shadow copy cannot be used to recover the system or system’s data. In this post, we will explain how to configure shadow copy in Windows. Further, we will also explain how to recover the accidently deleted files using Shadow Copy. In the latest version of Windows operating systems, (such as Window 10 and Windows Server 2016), the File History feature is more popular than shadow copy.

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Steps To Configure Shadow Copy

To configure shadow copy in Windows operating systems, (such as Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012), you need to perform the following steps:

  1. Sign in to your system and open the Windows Explorer window.
  2. Select and right-click Local Disk (C:), (or any other disk) and then click Configure Shadow Copies.
  3. On the Shadow Copies dialog box, select your desired drive for which you want to enable and configure shadow copy. For example, open the properties the C:\ volume and then select the Shadow Copies tab.
  4. Click Enable, on the Enable Shadow Copies message box, click Yes. Configure Shadow Copy Feature
  5. By default, shadow copies are created twice in a day from Monday to Friday. To change the default shadow copies setting, click Settings and then click Schedule.
  6. On the C:\ schedule dialog box, select the desired schedule options, and then click OK.Shadow copies schedule
  7. On the Settings dialog box, click OK and close the Settings dialog box.

Recovering a Deleted File Using Shadow Copy

To test and verify the shadow copies, we will delete a folder of the C drive. After that, we will recover that folder using the Shadow Copy feature. To do so, perform the following steps:

  1. On your system, navigate to Local Disk (C:), and then click Users. Delete the Public folder and also, delete it from Recycle Bin.
  2. On the Windows Explorer window, select and right-click the Users folder, and then click Properties.
  3. On the Users Properties dialog box, click the Previous Versions tab, as shown in the following figure.Configure Shadow Copies in Windows
  4. Select the folder version for the Users folder, and then click Open.
  5. Verify that the Public is listed in the folder, select and right-click Public, and then click Copy.
  6. On the other Windows Explorer window, navigate to the Local Disk (C:)\Users folder, and then click Paste.
  7. Finally, close the Windows Explorer window.

That’s all you need to enable and configure shadow copy in Windows. Do share the article if you think it may help to others too.

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