Sunday, June 13, 2010

Change the amount of space reserved for System Restore in Windows Vista

Windows XP had an option to manually choose the amount of space System Restore uses. This thing can use upto 10% of your hard drive space. It turns out to be a great amount. In Windows Vista, you can use the command line, with a very simple command to limit the space used.

First, type 'cmd' in the Start Menu search box. Right-click CMD and choose 'Run as administrator'. Click continue in the prompt that comes up. Then, type in the command:

vssadmin list shadowstorage
You will now see the amount of space it already uses. Now type in:

vssadmin Resize ShadowStorage /For=x: /On=x: /Maxsize=yGB
Here, 'x' stands for the drive Windows is installed on.  And 'y' stands for the amount of space (maximum) in GB. 3GB is a pretty good amount. The minumum is 500 MB. But I strongly recommend 3-4 gigs.

Good luck. Enjoy the extra space that you suddenly got. The first time I did it, I got an extra 10GB.