Backup fails with Error E4F3000E: Snapshot failure while using Volume Shadow Copy Service.


Backup jobs that include the system reserved partition using SSR 2013 fail with the error message below

Error Message

Error E4F3000E: Snapshot failure while using Volume Shadow Copy Service. Please check application event log for VSS errors. Error code: EndCreateSnapshotSet (-2147212529). 


This error can occur if the hidden System Reserved partition (or other partition) created by Windows does not have enough space to store a shadow copy. To determine which volume is causing the error, remove volume(s) from the backup job, 1 by 1, and run the backup until you determine which volume is throwing the error. (Source: Then, check the freespace on the volume: 
  • Click Start > Computer.
  • Right-click on COMPUTER, select Manage.
  • Select Storage -> Disk management.
  • Locate the volume in question, right-mouse click on this volume, and select Properties.
  • VSS requires around 40 MB of free space on a 100Mb partition for a snapshot to occur and backup successfully. If the free space is less than 40 MB, VSS does not have enough space to create a snapshot and the snapshot needs to be redirected to a different volume. 


If running Windows 2008 or earlier, follow these steps from Microsoft:


1. Open Disk Management (Type "compmgmt.msc" in run or open computer management)
2. Go to storage -> disk management 
3. Right click on system reserved partition and click properties
4. Go to shadow copies tab and then click settings
5. Change "located on this volume" to the C:\ partition or another partition. 
6. Try backing up the partition again.



Terms of use for this information are found in Legal Notices.



Did this article answer your question or resolve your issue?


Did this article save you the trouble of contacting technical support?


How can we make this article more helpful?

Email Address (Optional)