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

30 Jul 2012   #41
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You don't need to create one.
You want to open an existing one

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A borwse window will open -

browse to your vhd and it should mount


You can then rt click it and copy anything out - just like any other partition.

You could also make an image of it , like this:


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Call it any name you like , but you must use the .pmf extension.

I don't know if there is a size limit on the free version - there might be.

Try it and see - you have nothing to lose.




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30 Jul 2012   #42
GAR

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Sorry, yes..create. And it did, with the same results as windows now. It mounts, but shows it as ~500GB of free space. No files show up. Bummer. Guess Windows managed to erase something important. Stupid, I should've known better than that, but I just figured since it was virtual it was safe!

This is on a 2TB Western Digital drive in a Sabrent powered enclosure, FYI.
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30 Jul 2012   #43
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

See if it can recover the partition - never tried it mounted vhd - but it might

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30 Jul 2012   #44
GAR

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Won't do it with this version. They want money $$$ How selfish they are!
Trial only lets you have 64KB recovery.
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30 Jul 2012   #45
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Ther is one more thing you can try.

It depends if your installed windows has picked up the shadow volumes from your external.

Give shadowexplorer a whirl - you never know ShadowExplorer.com - Downloads

If that doesn't find them - I have written a little program that should hopefully pisk them up - you can copy stuff out if it finds and mounts them.

I made it for PE - but the shadow copy function works fine in Windows as well.

NT6Repairx86.zip

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Dunno why I am bothering - he seems to have gone.


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30 Jul 2012   #46
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GAR View Post
Won't do it with this version. They want money $$$ How selfish they are!
Trial only lets you have 64KB recovery.
You might be able to recover it using the partition recovery features in Partition Wizard. Free Partition Magic alternative, partition manager freeware, partition magic server, partition magic Windows 7 and free Partition Manager software for Windows 7/8/VISTA/XP/2000 and Windows Server 2003/2008/2000.

You would need the Windows version not the bootable disk.
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30 Jul 2012   #47
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

That is also worth a go.
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30 Jul 2012   #48
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Heist View Post
Slightly off topic, but while some knowledgeable people are here, this episode made me realize that someone could clone my entire machine should they have access to to my external drive and were able to access the VHS file.

What encryption software, if any, are any of you using for your secure folders.
I equipped my external disk to which I image with a $10 remotely controlled electrical switch from Home Depot. With that I switch the disk(s) off when not in use for imaging or recovery.
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30 Jul 2012   #49
GAR

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I'd sure like to know what windows did to that .vhd file when I selected delet partition rather than detach.
The shadow explorer didn't see anything. the drive letter came up but no information would load from it.did the custom program. NT6 repair didn't see any shadow files either, but thanks for that effort.

Trying the partion wizard Kado recommended. Not sure how it works yet so trying to move through that now. Looking like maybe you have to download recovery plug ins in addition to the main program?
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30 Jul 2012   #50
GAR

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Progress I guess. I had to mount the .vhd through windows again and Partition Wizard saw it but showed it as empty logical drive. Ran through partion recovery and it saw it and I guess it restored it. Drive changed from logical to primary and used space was as it should be. Within the program I can explore the root folders that were in the .vhd file, but I don't know what to do from here. Windows Disk Management still shows it as Unallocated. Also, when I try to explore through Partition Wizard into those root folders, it opens them and says loading, but it doesn't seem to load.

Looking forward to further input. Thanks
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