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Windows 7: System Image - Extract Files Using Disk Management


14 Sep 2009   #69
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
System Image - Extract Files Using Disk Management

How to Extract Windows 7 System Image Files Using Disk Management


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20 Jun 2012   #70
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bthrash18 View Post
I have mounted the VHD in Computer Management, and the J:/ drive mounts, but whenever I open the drive it doesn't appear to have any files in it. I do believe I chose the correct VHD (231 GB) and I'm not sure how else to do it. There are vital files on this image and I've done all the research I can, but they all seem to stop at the mounting of the new drive.

Any help would be greatly appreciated,


╚Brandon╝
Brandon,

Could you post a screenshot showing the contents of the location below to see if maybe what the issue may be or if there is another VHD that should have been used instead?

F:\WindowsImageBackup\Computer-Name\Backup Year-######


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08 Nov 2012   #71
boetiejon

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Hi Brink
Thanks great tut! Proplem is it does not work for me. I get the same message as Richard earlier: "The requested operation could not be completed due to a file system limitation". I've got enough disk space. The image is spanned over 4 disks. I've also opened all folders to see that all are allowed. Any other suggestion?

Isn't there a way to merge the four disks to one vhd file?
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08 Nov 2012   #72
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello boetiejon, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Ah, yep that would be the issue. It needs to be a single VHD file. I'm afraid that I don't know if they can be merged or not as a VHD.
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17 Apr 2013   #73
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Nice tutorial and very handy.
7. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: Be sure to leave the Read only box unchecked.

Why not readonly? you only want to mount it and READ files from it.
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17 Apr 2013   #74
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hey Ron,

Only in case one may want more than read-only access.
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21 Jun 2013   #75
frsgalaxy

Windows 7 Professional Service Pack 1 (build 7601)
 
 

Hey there Brink,
Was just posting to see if you can help? I had a few problems with my laptop for the past few days, I don't have an installation disc (was not supplied, Win 7 was already installed).

Today I found a .vhd file (20.5GB in size) in a folder called WindowsImageBackup (I did not create this this, It was already on the computer on a partitioned drive called "LENOVO" (I am assuming the manufacturer placed this partition with the image file on it).

Anyway I followed this tutorial on how to extract the files from the .vhd file and replace any of the files you need to replace on your main drive, Anyway I managed to attach the .vhd file and it appears as attached in the Disc Management menu, but when I try to locate that drive afterwards I can't find it anywhere. Can you provideme with any help as I really need to fix this issue, Everything is extremely unresponsive and internet pages are taking roughly 30 - 40 minutes to load (even though I have 100mb fibre optic connection, It runs at 13mb though ).
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21 Jun 2013   #76
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello frsgalaxy, and welcome to Seven Forums.

When Disk Management attached the VHD, did it assign it a drive letter to show up in the "Computer" window?

You might also consider doing a system restore at boot using a restore point (if available) dated before this happened to see if it may be able to undo and fix this for you.

Hope this helps for now,
Shawn
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21 Jun 2013   #77
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by frsgalaxy View Post
Hey there Brink,
Was just posting to see if you can help? I had a few problems with my laptop for the past few days, I don't have an installation disc (was not supplied, Win 7 was already installed).

Today I found a .vhd file (20.5GB in size) in a folder called WindowsImageBackup (I did not create this this, It was already on the computer on a partitioned drive called "LENOVO" (I am assuming the manufacturer placed this partition with the image file on it).

Anyway I followed this tutorial on how to extract the files from the .vhd file and replace any of the files you need to replace on your main drive, Anyway I managed to attach the .vhd file and it appears as attached in the Disc Management menu, but when I try to locate that drive afterwards I can't find it anywhere. Can you provideme with any help as I really need to fix this issue, Everything is extremely unresponsive and internet pages are taking roughly 30 - 40 minutes to load (even though I have 100mb fibre optic connection, It runs at 13mb though ).
What do you want to do with that vhd file? You want to do a factory install... so replace your current Windows 7 install with that one?
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21 Jun 2013   #78
frsgalaxy

Windows 7 Professional Service Pack 1 (build 7601)
 
 

Shawn

No drive letter was assigned to the .vhd after attaching it (at least not in Start --> Computer) in fact no drive even showed up in that section, It was "only" displayed in disc management.

As for a system restore from boot that is not an option as there is no restore point available according to my laptop at least (even though a restore point is created every week, I'm an Indie Game Dev so I need everything to be safe and secure ).

Kaktussoft

There is no option for a factory reset on my laptop (apparently laptop's don't have them according to my local microsoft engineer or at least my brand of laptop doesn't) but yeah I guess so or just replace all the file's and regi's that are created during setup if at all possible (Don't really fancy paying 199.99 for a copy of windows 7 seem's the laptop only cost me 200, Additionally I can't afford to pay out for one, Damn I need a new computer :-s)
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21 Jun 2013   #79
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by frsgalaxy View Post
Shawn

No drive letter was assigned to the .vhd after attaching it (at least not in Start --> Computer) in fact no drive even showed up in that section, It was "only" displayed in disc management.

As for a system restore from boot that is not an option as there is no restore point available according to my laptop at least (even though a restore point is created every week, I'm an Indie Game Dev so I need everything to be safe and secure ).

Kaktussoft

There is no option for a factory reset on my laptop (apparently laptop's don't have them according to my local microsoft engineer or at least my brand of laptop doesn't) but yeah I guess so or just replace all the file's and regi's that are created during setup if at all possible (Don't really fancy paying 199.99 for a copy of windows 7 seem's the laptop only cost me 200, Additionally I can't afford to pay out for one, Damn I need a new computer :-s)
If you attach the vhd in disk management:
  • Is only 1 partition in vhd?
  • Look in windows explorer. When was vhd file created? Prior to buying laptop... so vhd is made by shop?
  • Assign a drive letter. Just right click in disk management on partition in vhd and assign drive letter P for example
  • In windows explorer: P has folders like windows, users etcetera. So looks like a Windows 7 disk?
Make a new thread for this problem and post url here
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