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Windows 7: Wbadmin from cmd of a recovery disk

16 Feb 2012   #1
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 
Wbadmin from cmd of a recovery disk

I was playing around with Wbadmin from the cmd of my recovery disc. Whilst it works perfectly from the cmd in the running system, I could not get it to work from the cmd of a recovery or an installation DVD.

I thought that would be neat to image a defunct system so that the guys could save their data from the imaged VHD.

The command I used is:

WBADMIN START BACKUP -backupTarget:f: -include:c:

Where 'f' is the disk to where you image.

If you have a boring moment and want to try it on your box, I would be interested if anybody could make it to work. But it must be when booting with the recovery/installation DVD


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16 Feb 2012   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Wolfgang,

I haven't played with this command much, so I'm not sure. Hopefully the links below may be able to help some with this for you.

Wbadmin

Backup and recovery strategies for IT pros
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16 Feb 2012   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Thanks Shawn. As I said, there is absolutely no problem if you run it from cmd in a running system. But if I use it from cmd of a recovery/restore disc, it says that 'Start Backup' is an unknown command. On the other hand, you get the details if you run 'Wbadmin start backup /?'.

I suspect that the cmd of a recovey DVD cannot id the path to the volumes. But that is just a suspicion.

Would be neat though if it worked. Would be an easy way to recover user data from defunct systems - much easier than the old live Linux CD (at least for most people).
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16 Feb 2012   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Have you already used the Diskpart and list volume commands in the command prompt at boot to verify that the drive letters are the same at boot as in Windows?
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16 Feb 2012   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

No, that I did not try. But that is a good idea.
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16 Feb 2012   #6
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Wolfgang this has worked for me in the past I just add -quiet but that shouldn't be an issue.
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16 Feb 2012   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Thanks Michael. I wonder what my problem was. I'll try again. Have to burn another installation disc. Did you use the drive letters as they show in e.g. Computer.
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16 Feb 2012   #8
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Yes it works fine in the OS command line as you say. I just include -quiet.
I'll give it a go from the system repair CD.
Now here's the irony I'd use Macrium and Hirens boot CD for this type of thing.
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16 Feb 2012   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Michael, The idea was to make this known to the general public as a neat means to rescue their data from a defunct system. And the average Joe does not have all those tools in their arsenal that we use. But with luck, they may at least have an installation or recovery disc from where they can run Command Prompt.

I ran it with the Winows7 installation disc and that did not work on two of my systems. Tomorrow I will download one of those generic rescue discs and see whether that will give me a better result. I am not giving up yet because I do not yet understand why the cmd of a CD works differently than the cmd in the system.
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16 Feb 2012   #10
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I have posted before how to restore a windows image from the command line in winre.

It is too complicated for the average user.

That is why MS created the GUI.

You can't create an image from standard winre.

Much better to use Macrium or Paragon.

Sadly, I have stopped using Macrium for the moment.

It doesn't work on my system.
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