Q. How can I see details about the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) snapshots on my system?

A. You can get details about the VSS snapshots that exist on a system by using the vssadmin utility. Pass the "list shadows" command, as shown here, to get information about the device that was snapped, the time of the snapshot, and snapshot details.

C:\>vssadmin list shadows
vssadmin 1.1 - Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line
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Contents of shadow copy set ID: \{f285916b-6f7a-4c05-b06c-4d58021fddc5\}
Contained 1 shadow copies at creation time: 10/13/2009 6:54:47 PM
Shadow Copy ID: \{6dca0930-2f55-4afa-87ed-32a12e822382\}
Original Volume: (C:)\\?\Volume\{a488ed41-38e8-11de-abc2-806e6f6e6963\}
Shadow Copy Volume: \\?\GLOBALROOT\Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy1
Originating Machine: savdaldc10.savilltech.net
Service Machine: savdaldc10.savilltech.net
Provider: 'Microsoft Software Shadow Copy provider 1.0'
Type: ApplicationRollback
Attributes: Persistent, No auto release, Differential, Auto recovered
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