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Backups of system reserved partition fail with 'VSS_E_INSUFFICIENT_STORAGE'.

Created: 15 Apr 2013 | 2 comments
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Product(s): System Recovery
Severity: Non-data threatening / major functionality
Status: Investigating/gathering information
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Backups of the system reserved partition on Windows 7 client machines are failing with 'VSS_E_INSUFFICIENT_STORAGE'.

All other volumes are backing up successfully.


E4F3000E error: Snapshot failure while using Volume Shadow Copy Service. Please check application event log for VSS errors. Error code: VSS_E_INSUFFICIENT_STORAGE (-2147212513). 0xE4F3000E (Symantec System Recovery)
(UMI: V-281-3215-6071)


Windows 7 Professional x86


Currently, there is no workaround available.

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This issue is currently under investigation by Symantec Corporation. Pending the outcome of the investigation, this issue may be resolved by way of a patch or hotfix in current or future revisions of the software. However, this particular issue is not currently scheduled for any release.  If you feel this issue has a direct business impact for you and your continued use of the product, please contact your Symantec Sales representative or the Symantec Sales group to discuss these concerns.  For information on how to contact Symantec Sales, please see

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jcrasco's picture

I am attempting the initial install of Symantec System Restore and got the same error...I am on a Windows NT Pro desktop. Afterward, I saw that .NET 4.0 or later needs to be installed for backup and restore, and the install on that treated it as a repair. Have uninstalled SSR and will try again later...defragging.

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