Server 2012 and 2012 R2 Disable Or Remove Deduplication On A Volume

I just thought I’d post about this,as it’s something I’ve come up against recently, how to disable deduplication on a volume on Server 2012 or 2012 R2 and inflate the data back to it’s original form. In this example, the volume in question is E:

So let’s start with step one;
If you disable dedup on the volume first, you simply stop new data being processed, rather than rehydrating your already deduplicated data.

So with that in mind the, step two would be to run the following command in PowerShell;
Start-DedupJob -Type Unoptimization -Volume E: -Full

When that job has completed, which you can check with the Get-DedupJob
command step three is to run the following command to start your garbage collection on the volume;
Start-DedupJob -Type GarbageCollection -Volume E: -Full

Finally, after that, step four is to turn off dedup on the volume with the following command;
Disable-DedupVolume -Volume E:

And that should save you any unnecessary drama.

When all this is done, the volume will still show in some places like server manager sat at 0% deduplication rate, which is fine, as we’ve turned it off. I would guess this is just a bug, but it seems once a volume has been touched by the deduplication processes, it never goes back to a blank value for dedup rate.