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Windows 7: Restore fails to find backup images

02 Jul 2012   #11
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I feel we must be having some basic misunderstanding of the process. Could we go through and see if we agree on what has to be done?

First, you have made a backup image using Windows Backup and Restore, and put it on a local drive that is not the one to be re-imaged. You would never put an image on the drive to be restored.

Next you boot into the Install DVD and select "Repair Your Computer". You could also use a CD made with the Backup and Restore utility, or the F8 key during boot. But you end up in the restore options which allow for a system image recovery.

Your local drives will be scanned to find a system image. If it does not find one, it will give you the ability to look for one at another location. This is where, of course, you would look for a network location, or turn on an external drive if you forgot earlier.

For me, the system is very reliable. I used it several times just yesterday during testing and it never failed to find the image in the WindowsImageBackup folder.

You might try, as Brink suggests, looking at the image to see if it is intact. You can do that by using Disk Management. Open it and select the partition which contains the image. Use the Action menu and Attach Virtual Hard Disk. If the option is greyed out, you need to select a partition first.

From there you should be able to locate the .vhd file in the Backup folder and mount it. If you cannot, perhaps the image is corrupted.

Something else to consider is your system, and does it have special procedures to restore it. I have not used an OEM system, but I think I have seen situations where the built in recovery procedures would conflict with the Windows Backup and Restore procedures. There may be something on the Manufacture's site about how to accomplish a Windows image restore as opposed to a system image recovery.


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02 Jul 2012   #12
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Saltgrass,

I also find that Windows Image backup/recovery has always been very reliable for me as well. It's just that usually when the "WindowsImageBackup" folder is moved to another location, that is when the reliability drops. This is mostly due to it not being in the root directory, user error, or corruption. I find that it's always best to leave the image where it was originally created/saved at to help prevent introducing such possible issues.
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02 Jul 2012   #13
Victor S

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Saltgrass,

I also find that Windows Image backup/recovery has always been very reliable for me as well. It's just that usually when the "WindowsImageBackup" folder is moved to another location, that is when the reliability drops. This is mostly due to it not being in the root directory, user error, or corruption. I find that it's always best to leave the image where it was originally created/saved at to help prevent introducing such possible issues.
This is really the gist of the problem with the Win 7 imager. "Gotchas." When I tested it I didn't document what I did, so I can't claim any reproducabilty of my results. But I did spend some hours with it, because I wanted to use it.
I normally make a separate image to 2 internal HD's, and less frequently a 3rd image to an external HD. But sometime I copy images to another HD, and that's a common practice for everybody. I made all images from within Win 7, but restored using the recovery disk only, as that ability is a primary concern.
This is what I recall of what ended my testing: I copied my E:\WindowsImageBackup to my F: drive - different HD. I don't remember about directory structure, but checked directory size, and have no doubt the copy was good. In any case, the recovery disk easily found the WindowsImageBackup directory on both hard drives. Problem was, the E: directory showed all differential images I had made - 5-6 - but for the F: directory only showed the last image. All my recollection, and undocumented. Maybe I screwed up.
That's when I decided to stay with Ghost 15. I recall a bit of fruitless investigation of the media.bin file out of curiousity, but the bottom line was I didn't care about differentials, and didn't want any "gotchas." Simple KISS rules with me.
I've since learned on this forum some "useful" info about how important the directory name is with the Win 7 imager, keeping it in the root, how to rename to do full backups, etc.
But it doesn't matter to me. I don't like "gotchas.'
With a number of imaging tools out there - some free - that will make a fully transportable, single user-named file, of a full image that the user can always point to, it's not worth it to me to use the Win 7 imager.
I don't want to be hard on the Win 7 tool, and some may find it very useful.
But it is what it is. I'm a "space" freak too, and wish I could remove it to reduce footprint. That's what I did with Ghost 15, which takes up about 250mb installed. I just use the recovery disk.
I made 4 of them.
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