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Windows 7: System Image - Extract Files Using Disk Management

31 Oct 2009   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Very cool Brink!

I soon will try it ;-)



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29 Nov 2009   #11

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Jdop, and welcome to Seven Forums.

What do you mean and are referring to?
What he meant was what I just tried :)
When I attached the VHD, (see attachment), there is a Read Only option (I circled it in red). I wanted to be sure that I could still use the system image as a system image if I ever had to restore my system. But when I do, it mounts as an unformatted drive. I had to unmount it, make sure Read Only was not checked, then it simply worked.

Do you (or anyone) know/tested that a system image does infact work after mounting it as a VHD? (Not making any changes to it, of course.) Because I think I remember, while doing some research on Win 7 before I got it, that if you messed with the windows system restore image file, it could never again be used as a system restore...

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29 Nov 2009   #12

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Sabre,

I have not tested it, but as long as changes were not made to the VHD, it should still be able to be used to restore the image with.
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24 Jan 2010   #13


even though the fix described above didn't work for me, it pointed me in the right direction until I found a solution for why my Win7 repair function couldn't find any image files. Here's what didn't work after my SSD boot disk failed and I re-installed Win7-64 bits, giving it the same computer name that I had originally chosen (win7-64):

* Opening the image files and copying them to C:\ - many open files prevented copying, as noted by someone in the thread

* booting up to WinXP and copying the files; some still wouldn't copy - with error message of "access not permitted" or some such.

* booting up in Linux (Ubuntu 9.04) and copying the files. All files copied to my Win7 boot partition, but still, after booting, my Win7-64 wouldn't open any of the dozens of programs that I had installed during the 4 months since I started using it. Hundreds of hours of my time down the drain? No . . .

After copying the files to C:\, I found that the repair function of the Win7 installation disk suddenly was able to see my images. I chose the latest and, after waiting for it to copy 91,000+ files, I'm now using that OS to write this. Joy!

I still have no idea why it couldn't see those image files previously. No matter - now I'm going to test the free BartPE image creation/recovery program that I've used with such success for several years with WinXP; I presume it will be more reliable than this questionable M$ backup system.
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23 Feb 2010   #14

Window 7 x64
Thanks for these instructions

This is great. Exactly the information I needed in clear and very understandable steps. Thank you. This saved my evening.
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23 Feb 2010   #15

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're most welcome Vavrajj, and welcome to Seven Forums. :)
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07 Apr 2010   #16

Windows 7 64

Thanks Brink. A wonderful tut that worked great and made the family happy with a lot of recovered music and photos. Thanks again.
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07 Apr 2010   #17

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're most welcome Flysjet. I'm happy to hear that you were able to recover your music and photos. :)
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07 Apr 2010   #18
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

This is a very good tutorial. I just saw it for the first time. Thanks Brink. But it is really unfortunate that MS makes us jump thru all those hoops to look at our data. I now know why I will stick with Macrium.
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14 Apr 2010   #19


Saved, thank you!
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