[Solved] “There Is Not Enough Disk Space To Create The Volume Shadow Copy On The Storage Location”

In most of the cases, the error “There is not enough disk space to create the volume shadow copy on the storage location” is caused by a lack of space. The best solution is to create a new system volume to serve as the reserved partition. Also, you could extend the system partition, make use of Disk Cleanup and so on. Take a look at this article to take care of the error and resume backing up partitions. 

Cause

Like everything else on Windows computers, the backing up of partitions may ground to a halt due to errors. In the case of “There is not enough disk space to create the volume shadow copy on the storage location”, it’s highly likely that the amount of space is inadequate. Unless you take action, you would have a hard time backing up partitions on your PC.

Solutions

Solution 1: Create A New System Volume

If space on the current system volume is unable to support the backup, all you have to do is to create a new one. To create a new system volume, go through the steps down below:

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type cmd and hit Run as administrator. 
  • Step 2: In Command Prompt (Admin), run the command bcdboot.exe /s C:\Windows /s F: (C: is the system drive and F: is the new partition. Feel free to change the letters if necessary).
  • Step 3: Proceed to run the commands down below in Command Prompt (Admin) and press enter. 
    • diskpart 
    • select volume F
    • active
  • Step 4: After you finish, restart your computer. 
  • Step 5: When the screen comes back on, create a shadow copy. 

Solution 3: Extend The System Partition

You don’t like creating a new system volume on your computer? In that case, you could extend the system partition. The process requires you to shrink the size of another partition to enlarge the system partition.

  • Step 1: Right-click Start menu then pick Disk Management.
  • Step 2: Locate a disk partition that you don’t use a lot, right-click it and pick Shrink Volume…
  • Step 3: Enter the amount of space to shrink then hit Shrink.
  • Step 4: Right-click the system partition, pick Extend Volume… and enter the amount of space to extend. Last but not least, hit Next. 

Solution 2: Use Disk Cleanup

For your information, Disk Cleanup is a utility designed to free up space on hard drives of computers. By taking advantage of Disk Cleanup, you should be able to secure enough space for the backup.

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type Disk Cleanup and press Enter. 
  • Step 2: Click the drop-down menu, pick (C:) drive and hit OK.
  • Step 3: Check all the checkboxes under Files to delete then hit OK.
  • Step 4: Allow the process to go all the way then restart your computer. 

Note: If you need more space, open Disk Cleanup, select Clean up system files option, choose the (C:) drive and hit OK.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What Is A Shadow Copy Of A Drive?

In a nutshell, a shadow copy is a snapshot of a volume that contains all the data on the disk.

How Much Space Do I Need For Shadow Copies?

The ideal space allocated to shadow copies is about 10% of the disk size. On average, the amount should be between 10 and 20GB. That being said, the space varies from case to case depending on the size, the change and so on. 

Is Shadow Copy The Same As Backup?

All in all, shadow copy of a hard disk drive backup is also the backup. As you copy data from the shadow copy to removable media, the content of the media constitutes the backup. Still, for most of the time, shadow copy only saves data on blocks that would be changed soon. That means there is no way shadow copy could record changes in data. 

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