NTbackup wont run. Not enough disk space for shadow copy. Is there a workaround?

Posted on 2009-12-30
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
Im trying to backup my sbs2003 server before it gets migrated to 2008 server. I cant run ntbackup properly due to lack of disk space. About 100mb.

Is there a work around that can get this final backup done? I cant free up any further disk space.

Specific error message below

Backup Status

Operation: Backup

Active backup destination: File

Media name: "system state 31.12.09 MH.bkf created 31/12/2009 at 1:11 PM"

Volume shadow copy creation: Attempt 1.

Error returned while creating the volume shadow copy:0x8004231f.

Error returned while creating the volume shadow copy:8004231f

Aborting Backup.


The operation did not successfully complete.


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Question by:SM17CH
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    try to delete local unnecessary profiles
    delete %temp% folder
    delete temporary files from administrator
    delete content of "c:\windows\software distribution\download" windows update downloaded files
    delete in "c:\windows" the uninstallers for service packs and pathes (normally are blue folders - compressed)

    I think that you gain the necessary 100MB
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    Assisted Solution

    Here's a great article for gaining more space
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    Question, how are you going to migrate with only 100 mb left?
    I have moved the exchange store to get around this in past but sounds like you have not got spaire partition.
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    Expert Comment

    Clone the hard disk and restore on a new hard disk.
    Is a very fast resolution.
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    Lol yep marco has the best solution I can thunk of, quickest. And answers the whole lot in a oner!
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    by:Rob Williams
    Cloning is not an easy option if you do not own the $600+ versions of the software required. Standard Partition Magic and such will not work and you may be dealing with RAID arrays as well.

    Is it possible to add a single drive temporarily, or do you have another partition available. If so it is possible to move many of the SBS folders and databases such as ClientApps, User Folders, Exchange, WSUS, Sharepoint.
    See; "Moving Data Folders for Windows Small Business Server 2003"

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