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How DO I delete a shadow copy that is disabled? I am down to 1 gig of space on my Exchange2k3 server!!

It is disabled and can't be deleted and is taking 29g of drive space.  Thanks.
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bhnmiCommented:
When you try to delete it what happens?
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bhnmiCommented:
Are you doing this?

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Open Computer Management.

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In the console tree, right-click Shared Folders, select All Tasks, and then click Configure Shadow Copies.

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Computer Management/System Tools/Shared Folders

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In the Shadow Copies dialog box, click the shadow copy that you want to delete and click Delete Now.

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To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure.
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To open Computer Management, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management.
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Shadow copies are not included in backups; once they are deleted, they cannot be restored.
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Sp0ckyAuthor Commented:
Thanks.  It is "disabled" so it is not showing up in the box to delete.  I am wondering if I enable it, it might kill the server b/c I do not know enough about volume shadow copy.
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bhnmiCommented:
Why would it kill the server?
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Sp0ckyAuthor Commented:
because I am down to 1 gig drive space for some reason and can't find any other files that are taking up the space.  Nothing is that big accept the store / database which is only 15 gigs.
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Sp0ckyAuthor Commented:
out of 72 total.
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bhnmiCommented:
The Volume shadow copy is taking up the space. It is located in System Volume information folder which is hidden in the drive root level.
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Sp0ckyAuthor Commented:
hmm.. I found a command prompt syntax that will allow me to do it but I am afraid to hit the button.  Not sure what it will do...
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bhnmiCommented:
Huh?
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Sp0ckyAuthor Commented:
I found a command prompt syntax that will allow me to delete shadow copies but not sure if it will have any bad effects on the server.
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bhnmiCommented:
Are you using VSS for backups?
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bhnmiCommented:
I mean volume shadow copy ;P
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Sp0ckyAuthor Commented:
No, I am not using it for backups. :)
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bhnmiCommented:
DO you use it to restore to previous file versions ever?
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Sp0ckyAuthor Commented:
no.
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bhnmiCommented:
Then you are not using it. So you can delete it. I am pretty sure that youwill be okay :]
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Sp0ckyAuthor Commented:
Thanks.
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