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Updated: April 17, 2012

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

Exposes a persistent shadow copy as a drive letter, share, or mount point.

For examples of how to use this command, see Examples.

expose <ShadowID> {<Drive:> | <Share> | <MountPoint>}


Parameter Description


Specifies the shadow ID of the shadow copy you want to expose.


Exposes the specified shadow copy as a drive letter (for example, P:).


Exposes the specified shadow copy at a share (for example, \\MachineName\).


Exposes the specified shadow copy to a mount point (for example, C:\shadowcopy\).

  • You can use an existing alias or an environment variable in place of ShadowID. Use add without parameters to see existing aliases.

To expose the persistent shadow copy associated with the VSS_SHADOW_1 environment variable as drive X, type:

expose %vss_shadow_1% x:

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