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Windows 7: Restoring VHD following HDD Crash

31 May 2011   #1

Win7 Pro x64
 
 
Restoring VHD following HDD Crash

I'd backed up my HD with a VHD file in Windows 7 pro, HD crashed, I had to go on vacation that same weekend so I dropped it off with a guy I actually trust to fix rigs. I had him reinstall my XP Package since my Windows 7 was an upgrade version and doesn't quite ever install correctly prompting phone calls to Microsoft.

Long and short, when the new HD was installed, I discovered my VHD files were intact, along with at least a dozen other back ups. Now, I asked on the official MS forums, and they kept giving me solutions for restoring Windows 7 from Windows 7; I need to be able to reimage a drive, while running XP, with a VHD file however.

I spoke with Acronis, they said it would work with True Image, but he as well kept saying Windows 7, and I'm a little skeptical at the answer of yes. Thoughts of cheaper alternative?

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31 May 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Aeolwind, welcome to Seven Forums!



Have you seen the methods outlined in this tutorial at the link below?


Do a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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02 Jun 2011   #3

Win7 Pro x64
 
 

I'm not seeing a section that refers to reimaging a drive with a VHD file... Am I missing it?
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02 Jun 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Aeolwind View Post
I'm not seeing a section that refers to reimaging a drive with a VHD file... Am I missing it?


I guess I wasn't clear, I didn't mean there was a 'how to' for the VHD restore, I was showing that a clean install can be done with an Upgrade version without installing the older version first.
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02 Jun 2011   #5
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

The ease of restoring images from your "vhd" files depends if they exist within a valid WindowsImageBackup folder structure.
I believe Acronis can pickup Windows imaged vhd files directly but haven't tried it. It could be risky.

Once you have a Windows 7 installed, attaching the vhds and extracting data should be straightforward.
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