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Updated: April 17, 2012

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8

Disassociates a shadow copy volume from VSS and makes it accessible as a regular volume. The volume can then be accessed using a drive letter (if assigned) or volume name. If used without parameters, break displays help at the command prompt.

System_CAPS_noteNote

This command is relevant only for hardware shadow copies after import.

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

break [writable] <SetID>

Parameter

Description

[writable]

Enables read/write access on the volume.

<SetID>

Specifies the ID of the shadow copy set.

  • Exposed volumes, like the shadow copies they originate from, are read-only by default.

  • The alias of the shadow copy ID, which is stored as an environment variable by the load metadata command, can be used in the SetID parameter.

To make a shadow copy with the alias name Alias1 accessible as a writable volume in the operating system, type:

break writable %Alias1%
System_CAPS_noteNote

Access to the volume is made directly to the hardware provider without record of the volume having been a shadow copy.

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