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Windows 7: Windows 7 image restore

09 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7
Windows 7 image restore

hey guys

i have created an image of my PC and stored it on my external HDD a couple weeks ago and i want to restore using that image. The thing is when i get up to the restore stage after i click the "restore a different backup" on the wizard my HDD dosnt show up, and a window shows up saying somthing about installing drives when my external HD didnt come with one. Am i doing somthing wrong? is there a way to restore with an image on my external? thanks

My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Jan 2010   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

if you can see the image file, try and copy it to your c drive, restore it, then delete it....
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7

thanks for your reply tews. which file is this because i got a folder with all these different files and theres a VHD file but im not not sure if that would work byitself without the other files
My System SpecsSystem Spec

09 Jan 2010   #4

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

post a screenshot of the directory so we can see.... what did you use to make the image file with...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7

hi heres a screen shot i used Windows backup and restore to create the image and saved it on my external HD

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Jan 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP


Did you boot from the Windows 7 DVD, select Repair My Computer then Recover Using a System Image?

It should auto-detect the image in your external, since you have kept it named the same and in the root.

Try making a primary formatted partition on your HD to copy the image into. The imaging app may not be detecting your external but will detect a primary partition as a drive. I keep an image in both places for all my computers.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7

yea i used the windows 7 DVD, so when i get to the recover stage, which file do i select to start the restore?
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