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Is there a way to delete and disable shadow copies?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by John Aldred, Mar 13, 2010.

  1. John Aldred

    John Aldred Flightless Bird

    I am aware that shadow copies are invaluable to those of us that want to
    restore a document to a previous version, or even recover one that has been
    deleted from the recycle bin.

    However there are certain sensitive personal documents that I would like to
    completely remove from the computer once I have made a hard copy.

    Does anyone know of a way to selectively turn off shadow copy for My
    Documents folder, and to delete the various snapshots taken of that folder?

    --
    John Aldred
     
  2. Slap

    Slap Flightless Bird

    "John Aldred" <aldred@newvillage.demon.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:dwNmn.200978$Lu5.116315@newsfe02.ams2...
    > I am aware that shadow copies are invaluable to those of us that want to
    > restore a document to a previous version, or even recover one that has
    > been
    > deleted from the recycle bin.
    >
    > However there are certain sensitive personal documents that I would like
    > to
    > completely remove from the computer once I have made a hard copy.
    >
    > Does anyone know of a way to selectively turn off shadow copy for My
    > Documents folder, and to delete the various snapshots taken of that
    > folder?
    >


    Doesn't look like it, not easy anyway. Have a read...
    http://blog.szynalski.com/2009/11/23/volume-shadow-copy-system-restore/
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  3. Slap

    Slap Flightless Bird

    "Slap" <slap@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:ScOmn.44415$Dv7.5549@newsfe17.iad...
    >
    > "John Aldred" <aldred@newvillage.demon.co.uk> wrote in message
    > news:dwNmn.200978$Lu5.116315@newsfe02.ams2...
    >> I am aware that shadow copies are invaluable to those of us that want to
    >> restore a document to a previous version, or even recover one that has
    >> been
    >> deleted from the recycle bin.
    >>
    >> However there are certain sensitive personal documents that I would like
    >> to
    >> completely remove from the computer once I have made a hard copy.
    >>
    >> Does anyone know of a way to selectively turn off shadow copy for My
    >> Documents folder, and to delete the various snapshots taken of that
    >> folder?
    >>

    >
    > Doesn't look like it, not easy anyway. Have a read...
    > http://blog.szynalski.com/2009/11/23/volume-shadow-copy-system-restore/
    >


    In case you miss the link in the above have a look here...
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa819132(VS.85).aspx
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  4. John Aldred

    John Aldred Flightless Bird

    Slap wrote:

    >
    > "Slap" <slap@gmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:ScOmn.44415$Dv7.5549@newsfe17.iad...
    >>
    >> "John Aldred" <aldred@newvillage.demon.co.uk> wrote in message
    >> news:dwNmn.200978$Lu5.116315@newsfe02.ams2...
    >>> I am aware that shadow copies are invaluable to those of us that want to
    >>> restore a document to a previous version, or even recover one that has
    >>> been
    >>> deleted from the recycle bin.
    >>>
    >>> However there are certain sensitive personal documents that I would like
    >>> to
    >>> completely remove from the computer once I have made a hard copy.
    >>>
    >>> Does anyone know of a way to selectively turn off shadow copy for My
    >>> Documents folder, and to delete the various snapshots taken of that
    >>> folder?
    >>>

    >>
    >> Doesn't look like it, not easy anyway. Have a read...
    >> http://blog.szynalski.com/2009/11/23/volume-shadow-copy-system-restore/
    >>

    >
    > In case you miss the link in the above have a look here...
    > http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa819132(VS.85).aspx
    > --



    Thanks very much for the information.

    I have two thick manuals published by Microsoft Press but neither of them
    mention shadow copies.

    I did find some information on-line which enabled me to list the shadow
    volumes and to view the contents of the files - but nothing about excluding
    certain folders of deleting existing content.

    However I have just found what looks to be a useful utility. This is
    East-Tec Eraser 2010.Available from here:-
    www.east-tec.com/consumer/eraser

    Primarily it is one of those privacy tools that cleans up personal data and
    securely deletes files.

    In addition it has a Volume Shadow Copy Manager tool which can be set to
    exclude personal files. It can also securely delete existing volumes.

    I shall give it a try, and hope that it doesn't wreck my Win7 installation.

    --
    John Aldred
     

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