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Windows 7: Windows doesn't seem to see my restore Image

23 May 2017   #1
skylos

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Windows doesn't seem to see my restore Image

Hi,
windows 7 and I have created some time ago an image, stored on Z:
(check attachment)

Now, when i go to restore the image Windows claims it cannot find any image

Can anyone help me out?

I used to be able to create and restore images with no problem. Why this, now?

Thanks




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23 May 2017   #2
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Did you put WindowsImageBackup on your SSD or your SATA drive? A screenshot of Disk Management may offer additional info.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image - Windows 7 Help Forums
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24 May 2017   #3
skylos

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It's a 200 GB sata drive split in two paritions Z and Y. There are other hard disks of course.

Do check the attachment for the two partitions of this disk.


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25 May 2017   #4
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Are you using the System Repair Disk to access "Windows Complete PC Restore"? Sometimes the Repair Disk has better luck finding system images.

If you still can't locate your system image, you could try searching for the backup.

Windows doesn't seem to see my restore Image-sysimg-1.jpg Windows doesn't seem to see my restore Image-sysimg-2.jpg

Your screenshot in Post # 1 shows "( Z: ) > WindowsImageBackup > deleted >". Without giving up any of your personal info, is the deleted info part of the file path to that system image?

One final thought. The native Windows 7 imaging tool is not the most reliable. Many people have reported problems creating and/or restoring. A free alternative is Macrium Reflect. It's highly recommended on this Forum. One of the members has an excellent tutorial.

Imaging with free Macrium - Windows 7 Help Forums


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26 May 2017   #5
skylos

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

First of all, thanks for trying to help.


I had already tried out your suggestions.

For some reason, it cannot see the image. :/ It used to work just fine (once upon a time...)

Even when I point to the location, it doesn't see it.

\\Ga\z\WindowsImageBackup\Ga\Backup 2017-04-17 160443\
\\Ga\z\WindowsImageBackup\Ga\
\\Ga\z\WindowsImageBackup\

whichever I pick of the three I get the same error message.

Can Macrium Reflect restore images made with W7 itself?

thanks


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Windows doesn't seem to see my restore Image-backup.jpg Windows doesn't seem to see my restore Image-backup2.jpg 
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26 May 2017   #6
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Assuming Ga is your computer name this looks ok except you should have a MediaID file under the Ga folder. Windows should ideally be able to locate the WindowsImageBackup folder in the root of Z.

Although I have used Windows inbuilt system imaging extensively in the past without problem, others have experienced problems with autolocation of the image folder. If you want to simply extract important files from your image vhd (under the Backup... folder) you can use this tutorial.
System Image - Extract Files Using Disk Management

In future you may want to try this much more flexible and reliable imaging program used by myself and many forum members.
https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree
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26 May 2017   #7
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You can restore it using wbadmin command in winpe/winre

Another way is to mount the vhd (e.g. in windows disk management). Assign a letter to the mounted vhd.

Then use the copy function of a partition manger to copy vhd to HD partition.
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26 May 2017   #8
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

If you must try to restore your image but jump through a few hoops then this approach should show the key steps. Note you would be using Macrium V6 (free) now.
recovery to smaller hard drive
From memory I believe Windows image restore uses wbadmin anyway.

It is recommended that you always have more than one image on more than one storage device.
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26 May 2017   #9
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

No need to jump through all those hoops. Mount the image and use copy function of a partition manager. Not difficult, and fairly quick.
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26 May 2017   #10
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

To use Disk management you need a running Windows OS. Then you would need to be able to copy the mounted partition onto the existing Windows OS partition while the system is running (using say Partition Wizard mini tool) - can you do this?
If you use a bootable partition manager like Partition Wizard again how do you attach/mount the vhd since you don't have access to the Disk management utility?

This is what pushed me down the Macrium system imaging path in the old link I posted above.
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