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

31 Jul 2012   #61
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

If I remember correctly, the user with a red mark is some type of special user necessary for certain types of operations by some software...but not sure. You can probably find that on the net. This thread seems to have some good info.

Two unknown user accounts showing in the security tab

You are saying when you attach the .vhd file, your cannot right click and select explore? When you attach the file, you do not get an autorun window that opens to offer viewing the files?

I have attached my security settings for the overall drive, or H: in my case, not the individual files. If you only show one user, you may have to alter your security setting to add additional ones. I would think the System and Admins are necessary, and perhaps yourself. You can probably find a tutorial about how to do this, but if not, let us know.

Anyway look at my settings, which are the same for both my external drive and my NAS.




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01 Aug 2012   #62
Heist

Windows 7 x32
 
 

Anyone able to help GAR?
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01 Aug 2012   #63
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Is he still around?

He hasn't responded to Salty - perhaps he has lost interest.
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01 Aug 2012   #64
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

The last thing I could even suggest, assuming the NAS has some type of security that kept the image from being available, is to reattach the external drive to the NAS, load the Network Adapter drivers (if needed) using the Advanced button and try to restore the image from that location.

I was trying to think about what else might cause file access to be denied, and was wondering if a corrupted backup might also generate such a message.
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14 Aug 2012   #65
mmmelaney

Windows 7/ Ubuntu
 
 

I know this is a little old but I have a theory.

I am going to try reformatting the first (bootable) partition as fat32 before placing my boot loader and files on it again. Right now it is a large, bootable, NTFS partition, no separate boot partition. Bootmgr chainloads to Grub4dos. The same files work fine for all computers on an 8Gb fat32 USB flash drive. I also might try going with a small boot partition to mimic the flash drive. (I use RMPrepUSB for boot formatting.)

Background:
I have an external USB 3.0/2.0/eSata enclosure with a 250GB 3.5" HDD in it. I am connecting 3 PC's through their native 2.0 ports directly. It has 5 partitions, the first is 15GB booting Grub4dos rescue tools. This is normally successful!

Computers:
Desktop -- Asus P8Z68-V, USB 3.0/2.0/eSata, Intel cpu, Win7x64 custom install
Netbook -- Acer AO722, USB 2.0, AMD cpu,Win7x64 OEM
Netbook -- Acer AOD260, USB 2.0, Intel cpu,Win7x86 custom install

The desktop loves the external enclosure no matter the connection, no matter the Bios settings. Boots right up. Both of the Acer Netbooks hate it, while reacting to the flash drive just fine in either IDE or AHCI mode. Rarely, they both will detect the external HDD and boot to it, but most of the time they simply hang at post while the Bio (yes, Bios plural ) examine them and fail to detect anything. Leaving the other drive connected at the same time has no effect. Neither do Bio resets/cold-boots. (Originally, they both hung at post with the flash drive alone, until I let them boot a few times. Then the Bio made friends with it some how??? Not so much with the HDD.)

Oh, but they both detect the 3.0 flawlessly if I connect it while running Win7.

A second theory, the Acer's were not programmed to wait for drive spin-up on USB connections. On the rare occasions they detected the HDD the reboot was so fast that it had not had time to spin down (I can hear the noisy thing!) I might be SOL until Acer feels like fixing it.

Fortunately that was 2 of 2 theories, so I will be trying the fat32 reformatted boot partition tomorrow and report back. Hope all of this "intellectualizing" and "theorizing" ends up being useful to someone.
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19 Aug 2012   #66
mmmelaney

Windows 7/ Ubuntu
 
 

Update: No success with the fat32 boot partition. Acer simply screwed me on this one I think. I could probably boot from the external enclosure on these Netbooks if I put an SSD in there but that is not the point of my post. I am recycling my HDD's as Backup/Boot drives. It is especially handy when I don't have to keep writing new boot disks to a usb stick for lack of space. I have over 20 .iso files on the HDD boot partition that contain various install or rescue cd's. It's very handy (when the stupid netbook will wait for the HDD to spin up!)

Definitely going to report this to Acer and make sure they know that people want this corrected.
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