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Windows 7: System Image Not Found on External USB HDD with Image as Root Folder

28 Jul 2012   #11
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Your WindowsImageBackup folder needs to have this structure.
System Image Not Found on External USB HDD with Image as Root Folder-windowsimagebackup.jpg
The MediaId file is expected in the location shown.

I have mounted the OS vhd, imaged it with Macrium then successfully restored as described here
Trying to Re Image my computer with problems
Correction:
The Macrium Reflect V5 appears to have no problem imaging System Reserved partition (System active). So there should be no problems.




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29 Jul 2012   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
I've never attempted to mount an image. Is this done and then recovered from there, or does the mounted image become your C drive?
Mounting a VHD is dead simple. It becomes a temporary volume in Computer and you can deal with it like any other volume you see in Computer. But it does NOT become your C partition. For that to happen you have to image and restore it.
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29 Jul 2012   #13
GAR

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Well, I guess moving it isn't a problem. Does it matter if there is another folder unrelated to restore in the root?

Okay, simple things first. I did go ahead with a clean install. Had a bit of problems getting all the updates to take, but somehow got it all done. (made another image after all the basics were installed to protect myself, LOL!)

Anyway I had previously tried restore through the windows installation AND off a boot disk.

So, now I have tried to get at the image again and its still not recognized. Taking some of your tips, I have moved the files back into the root of the drive and also moved the Mediaid.bin file to the root as well...but alas...nothing!

I can get into the folder through windows and see all the files and the structure seems to match the new image I made.

I have used this drive before to recover a year ago or more.
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29 Jul 2012   #14
GAR

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I am going to see about mounting it now. If I can see it and navigate it (assuming I mount correctly) then the image is solid and there is a different issue. First I'm going to relocate the MediaID.bin file to the location in the jpeg.
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29 Jul 2012   #15
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Just in case, here is a graphic of my Backups. The only one useable is because it has to have that annotation for Windows to find it.


Attached Images
System Image Not Found on External USB HDD with Image as Root Folder-backups.png 
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29 Jul 2012   #16
Heist

Windows 7 x32
 
 

I am greatly interested in an answer to this as well. I've scoured the internet and various forums for the better part of 2 days trying to get a clear and concise answer to no avail. The one thing I have been able to reach concesus on is that Window's Imaging Back-up is a poorly coded, unreliable hunk of steaming poo and Windows should have never integrated and touted such a program if it had this degree of questionable integrity, especially considering the vital lifeline roll they knew it would play for users in the event of a system failure.

Now that my vent is over, I'll quickly layout the specs of my system:
- Win 7 Ultimate
- Seagate GoFlex running on USB 3.0 base.
- Dell D830 Laptop
- 3 month old harddrive
- Back-up Image is in the Root folder (F: )


My particular issue:
Late Friday afternoon my system would not boot into Windows. It would not even let me go into Safe Mode. After the BIOS screen, the screen would go black with a flashing cursor in the upper left.

Steps taken:
- I used my recovery disk to soft boot into the system and scanned everything which returned no errors.

- Next I ran a system rollback. No change.

- Subsequently, I decided to run a system restore from an image I backed up on my Seagate GoFlex External 3 months ago when I bought a new hardrive for this machine. Let's call this Back-up (Old)


NOTE: When I ran the image restore 3 months ago there was no problem. The system recognized the image and transferred everything with perfect calibration afterward.

- This time I was met with a roadblock; although I have used this very same image just 3 months prior on this machine, it refused to recognize the image instead asking me to install a driver, which is thoroughly confusing because if the drivers were not installed it ought not be able to recognize the external HDD.


- I suspected whatever had caused the original boot error might be the culprit, so I did a 'clean-all' wipe of the drive (All 0's) and reinstalled Windows 7.


- I re-ran the image restore. Again, no luck. It refused to recognize the image although I could see it in the file manager view.

- To test the restore function itself, I created a new back-up image of my new installed bare bones Win 7 (Let's call this Back-Up (New)) and mapped the destination to the external (F. When it was completed, I re-ran the image restore function and my machine immediately recognized Back-Up (New).

- I next attempted to trick the machine by moving all the files from Back-Up (Old) into Back-Up (New)'s directory. I restarted the restore function and it recognized the Back-Up (New) directory. I ran image restore but I could tell by how fast it completed the task, which barely lasted 2 minutes, it didn't take.

- Machine restarted and nothing changed. It's still a bare bones Windows 7 system.

I am utterly at a loss. Windows is asking me for a 'driver' in order to see the old/use the old image and I cannot think of any other way to force Windows to see the image.

Any help would be appreciated.


Please note: I am not super technical. With clear, layman terms instructions, and detailed steps I have no problem hacking my way around in DOS or the Windows environment itself.

Thx.
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30 Jul 2012   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If the F disk on which your image resides is an external disk, you can attach it to another system and salvage it with the procedure I outline here: System Image - Recover a Broken Windows 7 System Image
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30 Jul 2012   #18
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

There have been quite a few incidents like that with win sys img.

I can't answer why it happens.

If you really need it - best thing is to mount the .vhd and image the mounted .vhd with something else.

Then use that newly created macrium\paragon\whatever image to restore.

I did exactly that a few years back as a test. It worked fine, so I have been suggesting it as a workaround ever since.
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30 Jul 2012   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
There have been quite a few incidents like that with win sys img.

I can't answer why it happens.

If you really need it - best thing is to mount the .vhd and image the mounted .vhd with something else.

Then use that newly created macrium\paragon\whatever image to restore.

I did exactly that a few years back as a test. It worked fine, so I have been suggesting it as a workaround ever since.
That's the approach described in the tutorial I linked.
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30 Jul 2012   #20
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

The tut is useful is useful for beginners who want step by step stuff.

Heist doesn't need that - he can understand what is meant just from my few words.
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