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Windows 7: Accessing a .PST from .VHD

09 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 7 Pro
Accessing a .PST from .VHD

I have what I believe is a unique situation. But first a few details:

-I use XP mode as my work PC on my personal Windows 7 Pro laptop
-I have a VPN, outlook, etc all on this VM
-Reason for this config is my corporate os is XP SP3, the corporate laptop is not great, and i like the idea of having a seperate instance on my machine for creating a line between work and personal use.
-I recently had an issue with my xpmode VM that rendered my VM to be non-functioning. I was however able to rebuild the VM based upon a copy and continue on with my day to day activities. That said the VM rebuild wasn't perfect and seemed a little flaky.
-More recently, I upgraded the hard-drive on machine to get more capacity (250-500). I cloned the drive using Acronis and was able to get my entire machine cutover to the new drive with the exception of Virtual PC XP Mode which seemed to be missing a file or two and couldn't boot clean (messages around .dlls, etc). It was basically in a boot loop that never entered into the actual PC.
-I took the following actions:
-I uninstalled XP Mode
-I reinstalled XP Mode
-I rebuilt my PC (installed office, vpn, etc)
-I was able to get my exchange content into outlook
-I went back to the old hard-drive and copied the VHD to an external drive
-I swapped back in my current hard-drive and created a drive (G) with my old VHD
-I can now find my old PST, but everytime I try to save it it claims I need an admin account to access it. Of course I am logged in as an Admin but I am guessing it is looking for an admin based upon how Windows Virtual PC creates admin profiles...
-If I try to access the PST on the external drive from my old HDD i hit the same issue.

So ideally, I'd love to be able to access this .VHD as a Windows Virtual Machine, but my key issue is trying to get to the PST to copy it and import it into my PC.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

09 Nov 2010   #2


If the VHD is still intact, you should be able to extract your .pst file(s) with this:
What is WinImage
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Nov 2010   #3

Windows 7 Pro

Will give that a try and let you know how it goes.

1000 thank yous!
My System SpecsSystem Spec

11 Nov 2010   #4

Windows 7 Pro

It worked. I had to go into individual files and enable myself as an admin for that file, but was able to copy it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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