If you do a google search for 80042316, you will find a load of forums and support sites with lengthy discussions on fixing the Volume Shadow Copy Service, which was introduced in Windows 2003.

Now, I know this is an old issue, but it still seems to be causing problems for people. There are loads of Windows 2003 Servers out there still. I know I have had my share of trouble with this so-called service since Windows 2003 was born. My intent here is to provide a simple, clean-cut answer that will work for most of us.

Background: most people running into this error are having trouble getting their backups to complete successfully. The Volume Shadow Copy Service is enabled on the drives they are trying to back up. For one reason or another, the Shadow Copies on the drives are interfering with the shadow copies for the backup.

And now, I’m going to tell you what to do about it…

Disable Volume Shadow Copies On Your Drives!

Seriously, though. Volume Shadow Copies on your drives aren’t really worth a damn, especially compared to actual backups, so turn them off. Let me put it this way, do any of the following apply to you?

  • I don’t really know what the Shadow Copy Service is or does.
  • I have not configured all of my client machines to access the Previous Versions tab of the file properties dialog box.
  • I don’t want to disable the Volume Shadow Copy Service on my drives because I’m not sure what might happen.

Then follow these steps:
For each of the drives you are trying to back up,

  • Right-click the drive.
  • Select the Shadow Copy tab.
  • Click disable.

If you care about making the Volume Shadow Copy Service work for anything other than backups, you will have to look elsewhere. Thankyou.

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