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Windows 7: Opening a WindowsImageBackup VHD file


18 May 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 
Opening a WindowsImageBackup VHD file

I am trying to open a large ( 345GB ) WindowsImageBackup VHD file using Windows Explorer and have had a blinking hourglass icon on my screen for about 12 hours. I wanted to know if this is normal and if I should continue to wait or take other action. I am running Windows 7 pro 64bit and used the procedure from a previous Windows 7 Forum to access Disk Management and attach the VHD file and get to the screen where I could select and open the file. I am trying to restore a file I deleted by mistake using the image backup. Is the blinking hourglass normal? Is there anything I need to do at this point or just continue to wait? Any advice would be appreciated.


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18 May 2011   #2

Windows 7 Profesional 64 Bit
 
 

If you can't get to it in a reasonable amount of time and you just want some files from it you could add the vhd as a second hard drive to xp mode and get to the files that way. No I don't think that's normal it should just bling bling right away like any other device.
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18 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Thanks Jeremy,
I would like to try your suggestion to add the vhd as a second hard drive to xp mode. Any resource available giving the steps necessay to do this ? I am just learning my way around 7 and need some direction otherwise it takes me a long time to figure things out. Thanks again, Steve Walker( reklawas )
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18 May 2011   #4
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

You can also open windows .vhd files as an archive with 7-Zip. Look, extract etc.
It works fine on my images of ~60GB but your 345GB image is on the large side.
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18 May 2011   #5
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Are you following these steps to mount in Disk Management:

Virtual Hard Disk - Create and Attach VHD

It may take awhile to mount or edit an image of that size.
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18 May 2011   #6
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I believe the OP has tried attaching the VHD using Disk Management.
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18 May 2011   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Thanks for the input,
I decided to stop trying to open the VHD file and clicked end task in the task manager which removed it from the task manager application screen but still left the blinking hourglass icon next to the mouse pointer. I went to the VHD file in explorer to investigate the status and when I right clicked the file I got a blue screen doing a data dump and then restarting my computer in normal mode. I then went back to disk management to detach the file and the detach option was not available. This leads me to believe the file was never attached. I would welcome a description of how to add this VHD backup file as a second hard drive in xp mode as previously suggested by Jeremy.
Thanks to All , Steven Walker ( reklawas )
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18 May 2011   #8

Windows 7 Profesional 64 Bit
 
 

I see you have windows 7 Pro if you don't have xp mode you can get it here Download Windows XP Mode
Once you have xp mode and it is installed and probably started once and shut it down (not hibernate.)
Then type: virtual machines in start menu and open it. Right click on xp mode and go to settings select Hard Disk 2 then just browse for the vhd. That's it you can start xp mode. You need to enable intergration to make it easier to get your files back into windows 7.
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18 May 2011   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

It is pretty big - you might have an issue with it being corrupt.

If you just want a file back - try previous versions , or ( better ) ShadowExplorer.com - Manual
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26 Mar 2013   #10

7 Pro 64
 
 

I just attached a 247GB vhd using Disk management and it opened within a couple of seconds, then was fast to browse and extract stuff from - Magic! Couldn't have been easier

Right click on Disk Management and attach VHD
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