Shadow defender

Discussion in 'sandboxing & virtualization' started by waters, Feb 17, 2009.

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  1. waters

    waters Registered Member

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    When i start it it says used space by shadow defender 0
    If i then enter shadow mode it goes to about 301mb used.
    Without doing anything this starts increasing.After 5 minuites its 360mb and counting.Why the increase
     
  2. Long View

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    Just guessing but you say "without doing anything". You may not have done anything but has your computer done anything ? like a defrag ? do you have any running services ?
     
  3. Peter2150

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    I think this is one of the neat things about Shadow Defender. It starts off small, but increases to handle what you are doing, rather than run out of space. I have been able to shadow a hugh virtual machine because of this feature.

    Pete
     
  4. waters

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    No defrag nothing.I soon as i go into shadow mode it starts counting as i look at it
     
  5. Osaban

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    It is absolutely normal behaviour. Virtualizers create a volume separated from the normal "write Disk area". Any activity of the computer is redirected to that volume, so even doing apparently nothing it will add up to the volume.

    What I've noticed when I first installed SD, is that if your harddisk is defragged by Windows own defrag, the volume is likely to start with a huge 1.3 GB and adding from that number (checked and confirmed by other members at the time). After defragging with Ultimate Defrag, and placing all the files on the outer area of the disk (with UD I use "Consolidate/Very fast placement") ShadowDefender often starts with 0 MB or at the most 30-70 MB.

    I think one should be concerned if the increase of the virtual volume is in the range of 1 GB without doing anything for a couple of hours. With ShadowUser Pro (a similar application) this meant a conflict with some other application.
     
  6. bman412

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    Shadow Defender also virtualizes writes to the pagefile so that may account for the increase in cache size while apparently not doing anything.
     
  7. waters

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    Glad is is normal because i want to keep this.It was Shadow defender or Sandboxie or both but Sandboxie slows me down now too much since installing Vista.
     
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