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Windows 7: System Image - Extract Files Using Disk Management

22 Apr 2010   #30

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Yep, it looks like you have a bad or corrupted system image backup. Unfortunately, the only way to test them is to actually do a system image recovery to see if they restore or not.

However, if you get a successfully completed message after you create a system image, then it should be good and ready to use. Now, if you move or rename the backup, then that is when things go wrong and the system image backup may not work anymore afterwards. It's best to leave the backup as is where you originally backed it up at to be safe.

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22 Apr 2010   #31

W7 and XP
Still does not explain same messages received on...

on disks 1 and 8

Sorry but I think it must be something else

Disk 1 and Disk 8 seem to be working OK because I usually make it to disk 2

It may be that disk 2 or 3 is corrupted or it may be that my dual boot computer (with XP Pro and Windows 7)is the culprit....I believe some people have mentioned some issues about attempting system image backups with Dual Boot systems -- that they don't seem to work.

I just found a few trojans on my system for good measure...
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22 Apr 2010   #32

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

I find that DVD's are not as reliable as a hard drive. I personally prefer saving the system image backup to another physical hard drive, or another available partition.
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22 Apr 2010   #33

W7 and XP
What is strange...

is that enough files were restored to allow/ enable windows 7 to reboot.
It seems the files for Windows 7 and its partition were restored on drive c.
Actually a lot of files are missing from Drive c. There seems to be enough to run w7 though.
Maybe that is why Disk management is not running properly.

but no files were restored on the other drive/partition which had XP

Because I had a second drive/partition .. I should not have checked

"only restore system drives"...

so I will give that a go as drive "a" was not a system drive

wacky-doo its actually starting to restore drive a without rebooting..

I think I might have solved this one.

Upto disk three
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22 Apr 2010   #34

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

On a system image recovery, it's a all or none deal. If any part of the restore fails, it usually cancels it and defaults back to the what you had before trying.
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07 May 2010   #35

Windows 10 Home 64b

This is really great, thumbs up for the tutorial.
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06 Jul 2010   #36

windows 7 ultimate x64
great tutorial and some questions

thanks Brink really great tutorial I've just tested and it works fine. I have some questions, maybe you could answer.
- I made a image of all my system, disk C: and D:, how can access to my D: files?
I tried using same method selecting other vhd file, it mounted but I could no see files?
- is there any tool for mounting vhd files for windows xp, my desktop pc use XP? just in case.
- I have windows 7 ultimate, this method works on all versions of windows 7?

thanks again
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06 Jul 2010   #37

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Gatotechero, and welcome to Seven Forums.

This will not work with XP, but you should be able to access everything through the VHD system image file Windows 7 though. If you do not have your D: drive included, then you might try attaching any other available VHD to see what is in it.

Hope this helps,
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09 Jul 2010   #38
blue skies

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Thanks so much for this tutorial! I am pretty new to backing up - I've always just made my OS recovery disc and manually copied my important data to an external hdd - so I've had a pretty steep learning curve trying to figure out Windows Backup system imaging.

I spent several hours reading threads here about Windows Backup and other third party software, and ended up using WB in large part because I read a post that said you could create an image, but still access individual files. Then when I tried to click on the folder, it wouldn't let me browse the folders and files. I read many posts saying that you can't use Windows Explorers to view your Windows Backup, and was very disappointed and frustrated. I like to be able to see everything and confirm that it's all there and accessible. I was actually thinking of just deleting it and going with another program because of it.

I was so happy to come across this tutorial and be able to explore everything in my backup!

Now to create my Windows repair disc. That is used to boot the computer in the case of a catastrophic computer crash, and then I'll be able to access the system image on my attached USB external hdd, right?
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09 Jul 2010   #39

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're most welcome Blue skies.

If you have a retail Windows 7 installation disc, then you can just use it to be able to boot to the System Recovery Options (WinRE) instead.

However, it wouldn't hurt to make a system repair disc to have as a backup, or to use instead of your Windows 7 installation disc. This way you can keep your Windows 7 installation disc somewhere safe and only use it when you want to reinstall Windows 7, and use the repair disc for everything else.

Hope this helps,
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