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Windows 2012 VSS Error 12289 on 63TB+ volume

Last Updated: 2/24/16

IF you are getting volume shadow copy service (VSS) error 12289 and the volume is over 63TB, then you have hit the limit of supported volume size for use with VSS.

according to microsoft: the VSS volume size limit is 64 TB minus 8 GB (70,360,154,226,688 bytes).

This means the following functions will not work on your volume:


- Data deduplication (dedup)

- chkdsk

-NT backup or other backup solutions that use the Windows VSS writer


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Error message detail:

Volume Shadow Copy Service error: Unexpected error DeviceIoControl(\\?\Volume{d20ef4c5-042b-481f-9890-500d68bxxyy} - 0000000000000148,0x0053c008,00000084323E1090,0,00000084323E20A0,4096,[0]). hr = 0x80070057, The parameter is incorrect.
Processing EndPrepareSnapshots
Execution Context: System Provider

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