Exploring Volume Shadow Copies Manually
How to explore volume shadow copies manually with opensource tools
Download and install Arsenal Image Mounter
Run Arsenal Image MountTool. This installs a virtual SCSI controller driver and allows you to interact with your image.
Mount your image with Arsenal Image Mounter
Select ‘mount through libewf’ which is what we require (we’re mounting a split E01 image series which is in the EWF format).
Mount options. We require ‘Read only’ to preserve the integrity of our image.
Select necessary options
Disk is now mounted
Our primary/operating system partition is now mounted as K:
Open an elevated command prompt
C:> vssadmin list shadows /for=K:
Enter working directory
C:> cd C:\users\user\Desktop\Temp
Create symbolic link to required volume shadow copy
$ mklink /D vss4 \\?\GLOBALROOT\Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy4\
(make sure you include trailing slash after HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy4)
C:> cd vss4
Obviously this will become rather tedious if you're searching multiple shadow copies across multiple disks, however if you're only looking to see whether a particular file exists in a known location, this can be a quick and easy method.