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workaround for file level VCB on 2008 R2 and Win7

The following has worked for me to enable file level VCB backups of windows 2008 R2. (TRY AT YOUR OWN RISK - MAKE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE DOING HERE)

1. Open a command prompt

2. type "diskpart" and hit enter, then enter the commands below

select vol c

shrink desired=100

list vol (verify that volume C is still selected)

Create Part Primary

List vol (verify that the new 100mb volume is selected)

Format fs=ntfs quick

Assign letter r

Select vol 1 (1 is typically the existing boot partition – verify this first)


Select vol r


3. in a new command prompt, run the following:

bcdboot c:\Windows /s r:

4. Go back to the diskpart window, and run:

Remove letter=r

5. Exit all command prompts

6. Reboot and delete the old boot partition

7. Reboot to verify.

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