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Windows 7: System Image - Extract Files Using Disk Management

25 Sep 2014   #100
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Peter,

It would only change the read-only attribute of the file.


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25 Sep 2014   #101
Peter Pan

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

Hello Brink,

thanks for your input but your suggestion is not what I can see on my system. It does not explain why the first time the image would be mounted as a not initialized drive if the R/O attribute has been set. Furthermore I checked that the R/O attribute is not set by default for these files after creation. So it has not to be cleared before the first mounting.

Anytime I mount an VHD image this way, its file date stamp is updated if the R/O attribute is not set. And after a first mounting with writing capability then the image can be mounted in a R/O mode.

Maybe something is actually changed in the VHD file but I too lazy to compare an image that has just been mounted then unmounted with its original copy.

Other suggestions ?
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25 Sep 2014   #102
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

The time stamp has been updated since it has been accessed by mounting it.

I'm not sure why it's not initialized with a drive letter when you mount the VHD. Are you mounting the largest VHD for the system image?
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25 Sep 2014   #103
Peter Pan

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

AFAIK, the "modified" time stamp should not be updated any time a image is mounted. I do not know anything about the mounting process but it would sound weird to me in case such a process would change anything in the mounted image. As far as the image is just read for some navigation or file copy through Explorer.

Several people reported here the same behavior for a not initialized drive when read-only mode is checked.

Brink, I am not sure to understand your question: I have only one VHD file in any Backup* folder under WindowsImageBackup. Size is always around 25 GB.
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25 Sep 2014   #104
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

There will be a VHD file for each hard disk that was included in the system image backup when it was created. If you only have the Windows C: drive, then that would be why you only have the one VHD file.

If changes are made with the files from the mounted VHD, then that would change the time stamp.
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17 Aug 2015   #105
ToniCipriani

7 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
There will be a VHD file for each hard disk that was included in the system image backup when it was created. If you only have the Windows C: drive, then that would be why you only have the one VHD file.

If changes are made with the files from the mounted VHD, then that would change the time stamp.
Bumping an old Tutorial here... so if we are to mount a drive to extract files, but the best practice is to not touch the ownership and permissions on the image, how can we access the files, in particular the Users folders where everything is situated?

Right now the only workaround I see is run Notepad as admin, then use the Open File dialog like Explorer. Is there a better way? Running Windows Explorer as admin doesn't work. Also for Windows 10, the "Exit Explorer" then relaunch as admin doesn't work either.
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17 Aug 2015   #106
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Toni,

It's not going to hurt the image if you are only using one of the options in the tutorial to extract files from it.
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29 Aug 2015   #107
betaupsilon

Windows 7 Home Prem 32 bit
 
 
Inserting files into a VHD?

This tutorial is quite informative in obtaining information from previous images. Contemplate the REVERSE? It is possible to insert files into a VHD after the VHD has been mounted. If the VHD is from a previous system image will the inserted file become part of that older image even though the GlobalCatalog may not even have the info on the new file?

I ask this as a hypothetical because I can imagine that some system or program file has become corrupt, but you do not know when. So the possibility that previous images have the same corrupt file exists. Can I avoid restoring the old image, correcting the file (saving it as filename2), and then remaking the image? If I can simply insert the correct file to the VHD, I have circumvented some time loss in restoring & remaking the old image.

My guess as being an engineer/physicist the above would violate some conservation law & that it cannot be done. But I thought I would ask since there resides some experience & knowledge that supersedes mine on these topics at this site.
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29 Aug 2015   #108
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello betaupsilon,

What you propose is interesting. If you try it, be sure to have another full system image to restore back to in case it causes issues.
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