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I have windows 2003 with three hard drives.  When I go to set up shadow copy only two of these drives are shown.

I go to properties in the other hard drive to the shadow copy tab it says it is "not eligible" for shadow copy.

I dont know why, it is NTFS, there are shares on it.  It is set up as a slave on the primary IDE where the OS is master
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by:Jared Luker
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Does shadow copy need to be done on a primary partition?

Just a thought...

Jared
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by:jimcrint
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I have no way of testing that easily as this system has 2 CDs, 2 Tape drives and 3 hard drives and i recently changed configurations as the tape did not work well on the same ide channel and i am restricted as to were i can place devices.
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by:jimcrint
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Another interesting point i just noticed

In computer management - disk management the drive in question does not show a file system and is shown as 100% free.

In my computer it shows as 67% full and the file system is NTFS

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by:Jared Luker
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Your right... that is interesting...
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by:Jared Luker
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Maybe you could try making the disk dynamic to see if that gets windows to realize what it has there.
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I agree this is possibly worth trying but i am not a fan of dynamic disks, bad experiences in the past, it cant be undone and it makes the disk access dependant on the OS rather than the BIOS.  Also we have 60GB data on that disk that we dont have room for any where else
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depending on how much data you have, you could get an external hard drive (or internal for that matter), and use robocopy to copy the data from the problem drive to the new one.  That way, you could do whatever you wanted with the problem drive and not worry about toasting your data.

If you do look into that, I would recommend that you pull the drive off/out of the system before you start monkeying around with the problem drive! : )

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by:etsolow
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I would think the "not eligible" message is related to the fact that Disk Management doesn't see a file system.  Could you backup the data and recreate the partition, verifying that Disk Management sees the file system before proceeding?
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by:jimcrint
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I am going to have a try of this this weekend when it is not in use.

My plan is

copy to another drive
delete and recreate partition
if this does not work try the making it dynamic
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by:jimcrint
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My epic weekend is over,  I connected a USB 2 external HD to the sytem but when I got home and started copying files I found it had only picked it up as USB 1.  Did you know it takes 23 hours to copy 40 GB on USB 1.

Any way I deleted the partiton then reformated.  I used Xcopy to move the files back but inlcuded hidden and system files and when I refreshed the disk manager the same thing had happened.  I deleted and reformatted this  time I copied one directory at a t ime withh 100% success.  The problem had migrated tot he USB drive as well so i assume there is a hidden system file somewhere that is corrupted.

Thanks for all your help
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