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13 Aug 2010   #21

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Please check out the folder and file replacement capabilities of Backup & Restore. Play around with backing up the system image AND data. You will find that you can restore files & folders with the built-in capabilities of Win 7 Backup & Restore. Win 7 stores the folder and file backups in .ZIP files.

But I prefer to extract from the mounted VHD (the image file).

Remember you can perform all Windows Explorer operations on a mounted VHD file.

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13 Aug 2010   #22
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Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

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Unfortunate though, that Win-7's backup doesn't let you choose the folder and filename for your backup.
As promised, here's a snapshot of renaming After the Fact.

Attachment 91026

You will notice that the older (by about 1 day) of the two system images has been renamed. Thus, I have my original system image backup and the current backup on the same drive.

Inside the WindowImageBackup, be it old or new, is the system image made at that time. The system image file is a VHD file.

Here's a snapshot showing location of latest VHD.

Attachment 91027

If you would like to examine the VHD, then you can use Disk Management.

In Disk Management you "ATTACH" the VHD and the Virtual Hard Disk will be "attached" (also called "mounted") on a drive which you can open/explore/etc.
Not sure I'm following all of that, but it might explain where the provenance of a ghost drive G: which appeared on the system yesterday, but is gone today.

I don't know how it got there, but I didn't mount it deliberately.

Useful if you can explore the backup and select individual files to replace. The Macrium backup allows this. In fact it seems the ghost drive is created when you explore the Macrium backup file.
Have you seen this tutorial by Brink? System Image - Extract Files Using Disk Management

I found it extremely helpful.
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