Load metadata

Loads a metadata .cab file prior to importing a transportable shadow copy or loads the writer metadata in the case of a restore. If used without parameters, load metadata displays help at the command prompt.

For examples of how to use this command, see Examples.


load metadata [<Drive>:][<Path>]<MetaData.cab>


Parameter Description
[<Drive>:][] Specifies the location of the metadata file.
MetaData.cab Specifies the metadata .cab file to load.


  • You can use the import command to import a transportable shadow copy based on the metadata specified by load metadata.
  • This command is needed before the begin restore command to load the selected writers and components for the restore.


To load a metadata file called metafile.cab from the default location, type:

load metadata metafile.cab

Additional references

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