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Hello,

I'm running Vista Ultimate 32 bit.

Recently I started having a strange problem with the backup. If I run a
backup (either native Vista backup or the third party, like Acronis), the PC
freezes almost immediately, and stays this way, so I have to manually
restart it. The Vista native backup gives me this message:

The creation of a shadow copy has timed out.

The strange things about this are:

1. Everything worked fine for over a year, I don't know what triggered this
change;

2. This happens only if the backup runs on schedule, I still can backup
manually without any problems;

3. There are absolutely no records about this in the Event Viewer, like
backup had never run.

I would appreciate any help on this.

Thank you.
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1) Do you have any restore points available before this started happening ?

2) Have you run hijackthis ver 2.x to check for malware and stuff runing in the back ground.

3)  What has changed ?

I hope this helps !
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Thank you.

This is what I've got - seems to be there are no errors:

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6001]
Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.

C:\Users\Peter Afonin>vssadmin list writers
vssadmin 1.1 - Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2001-2005 Microsoft Corp.

Writer name: 'System Writer'
   Writer Id: {e8132975-6f93-4464-a53e-1050253ae220}
   Writer Instance Id: {c898b698-5266-4e62-aafa-849bf801f7be}
   State: [5] Waiting for completion
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'SqlServerWriter'
   Writer Id: {a65faa63-5ea8-4ebc-9dbd-a0c4db26912a}
   Writer Instance Id: {cc98cb1b-db4f-4885-a46c-00c8f4a06b84}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'ASR Writer'
   Writer Id: {be000cbe-11fe-4426-9c58-531aa6355fc4}
   Writer Instance Id: {69d4fdc1-37a9-4e28-ba0d-7bdc5720a1e1}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'Shadow Copy Optimization Writer'
   Writer Id: {4dc3bdd4-ab48-4d07-adb0-3bee2926fd7f}
   Writer Instance Id: {df0a0781-f5e5-40dc-9e32-e62589cf0d33}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'IIS Config Writer'
   Writer Id: {2a40fd15-dfca-4aa8-a654-1f8c654603f6}
   Writer Instance Id: {8f771ae9-1d10-434f-a671-8fd99e2d987c}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'Registry Writer'
   Writer Id: {afbab4a2-367d-4d15-a586-71dbb18f8485}
   Writer Instance Id: {dbc9f903-f4d3-41bd-882a-453f16571585}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'COM+ REGDB Writer'
   Writer Id: {542da469-d3e1-473c-9f4f-7847f01fc64f}
   Writer Instance Id: {3653f2c5-686f-4cc4-9aef-6d863457f391}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'WMI Writer'
   Writer Id: {a6ad56c2-b509-4e6c-bb19-49d8f43532f0}
   Writer Instance Id: {28205cfa-44f1-46ab-b7a9-8cec67f1d54e}
   State: [5] Waiting for completion
   Last error: No error


C:\Users\Peter Afonin>vssadmin list provider
vssadmin 1.1 - Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2001-2005 Microsoft Corp.

Error: Invalid command.

---- Commands Supported ----

List Providers        - List registered volume shadow copy providers
List Shadows          - List existing volume shadow copies
List ShadowStorage    - List volume shadow copy storage associations
List Volumes          - List volumes eligible for shadow copies
List Writers          - List subscribed volume shadow copy writers
Resize ShadowStorage  - Resize a volume shadow copy storage association

C:\Users\Peter Afonin>vssadmin list providers
vssadmin 1.1 - Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2001-2005 Microsoft Corp.

Provider name: 'Microsoft Software Shadow Copy provider 1.0'
   Provider type: System
   Provider Id: {b5946137-7b9f-4925-af80-51abd60b20d5}
   Version: 1.0.0.7


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I've done all this, had no problem with any service. We'll see if this worked.

Thanks.

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This didn't work.

I'm starting to think that maybe the Shadow copy is not a real problem? Maybe something else is going on with my hard drive?

For instance, often (although not always) my computer freezes when I try to schedule chkdsk to run after reboot. As soon as I type chkdsk c: /r /f in the command prompt, my PC freezes, and I have to manually restart it.

Thanks.

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Sounds like you are headed for a disk failure.

put the disk in another PC disabled the check, copy the data you want off and then format the drive.

This is how to disable the check:
start > run and type regedit
Edit: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet \Control\Session Manager
Change the BootExecute entry from:
autocheck autochk * /.........
To:
autocheck autochk *

Author

Commented:
Thank you.

Sorry for the delay, my account had been locked.

I'm not quite clear what you are suggesting. Should I replace the hard drive? I've never used Autochk - when should I disable it and why?

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