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Windows 7: recover from vhd

23 May 2011   #1

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recover from vhd

hello, i have two questions

(1)
i'd like to:
recover a file from a particular day -- 5/8/2011 from a .VHD created by Windows Backup on my ex-hdd.

problems and attempts:
- i cannot do this from the "recovery" option on Windows Backup anymore as the drive itself is not recognize by WB. (power outage killed the ex-hdd, fixed now with chkdsk.)
- i attached the vhd created by windows backup as a separate drive, inside it i see the last backup created on 5/13/2011, but i dont know how to recover earlier versions (i checked with other backup done the same way, this is what's suppose to happen).

(2)
if you understand what i'm trying to say can you help me write a better way to ask it on forums? my english is poor and i dont have the technical background to write something understandable to other people. or how to go about researching a solution. i'm having a hard time getting results on google from searching stuff like "recover from vhd on certain date", "how to open vhd" etc.



thanks!

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23 May 2011   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I assume you used Windows Imaging. In that case your 5/8 image may have been overwritten by the 5/13 image (unless you saved it).

There is one other chance you have. If you have a restore point from 5/8, you can recover the file from there. Here is how: ShadowExplorer - Recover Lost Files and Folders

In the future I recommend to use another imaging program if you want to keep older images. Free Macrium otr free Paragon are good candidates. Imaging with free Macrium
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23 May 2011   #3

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picture

thanks for the reply!

here's a picture, usually i can choose which day to recover from:
Image - TinyPic - Free Image Hosting, Photo Sharing & Video Hosting

the person who was a tech guy passed away near christmas, i only know it's called "windows server backup" on the window that shows up.


thanks
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23 May 2011   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Hmm, but your picture does not show a 5/8 image. If there is a 5/8 VHD, you should be able to attach it.
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23 May 2011   #5

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Looks like you are running server 2008?

It can't find the shadow copy in that pic.

You might be able to find it with Shadow explorer - if you are lucky.
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23 May 2011   #6

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If you use this cmd does it list the shadow copy date you are looking for?

vssadmin list shadows |more
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25 May 2011   #7

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whs: there's only one vhd in the backup folder, the 5/13 vhd. the other working backup drive from 5/14-5/25 only has one vhd 5/25, but i can retreive stuff from days prior if i chose.


SIW2: by vssadmin list more i only see 5/14 onwards
i downloaded shadow explorer ShadowExplorer.com - Downloads
it listed 5/14 onward shadows for my working drive. but nothing for the drive the died.


thanks!
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25 May 2011   #8

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i think i'm having a related problem as this
Win32 Kernel How to display my snapshot history in System Restore Wizard? VHD, Vista, and VSS.

there are some XML files along with the VHD, could the older informations be stored on those? they have names like "(bunch of numbers)AdditionalFilesc(bunch of numbers)", "(alphanumerics and dashes)Components(same here)", RegistryExcludes, and BackupSpecs. and another folder "Catalog" with "BackupGlobalCatalog" and "GlobalCatalog" inside.

thankies
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25 May 2011   #9

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run the ClikMe.cmd in this zip and then post the shadowlist.txt back
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25 May 2011   #10

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