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Windows 7: System Image - Extract Files Using Disk Management

15 Apr 2010   #20
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome Taiyoyuden.


Wolfgang,

It's all because they save the backup in a VHD file to make it accessible through a virtual machine or to attach it like in the tutorial. Now what would be great is if they could have us be able to view VHD files in Windows Explorer just as easily as ZIP files without having to attach the VHD first.


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21 Apr 2010   #21
nostradamus

W7 and XP
 
 
Does this tute work for Windows Home Premium ?

I tried going into
'Computer Management'

then when I tried to attach a vhd file I get the following error message.

'Virtaul Disk Manager'

'The requested operation could not be completed due to a file system limitation'


Any help would be greatly appreciated
Richard

rca08207 at bigpond.net.au
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21 Apr 2010   #22
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Richard,

If it's the VHD from the system image backup, be sure that you have already opened all of the folders in the WindowsImageBackup and allowed access while doing so first. Afterwards try attaching the VHD again.

Do you have enough free space on the hard drive?
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21 Apr 2010   #23
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
You're most welcome Taiyoyuden.


Wolfgang,

It's all because they save the backup in a VHD file to make it accessible through a virtual machine or to attach it like in the tutorial. Now what would be great is if they could have us be able to view VHD files in Windows Explorer just as easily as ZIP files without having to attach the VHD first.
Hi Shawn,

Just saw your answer. Must have been asleep at the wheel for the last 6 days - LOL.
What you say may make sense in the MS logic. But imagine the average Joe who wants to just recover one folder from an image. They should at least have provided a little tool similar to Shadow Explorer which took a young Swiss guy to write. But maybe there is another Swiss who will help with MS images.
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21 Apr 2010   #24
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I can't argue with that. It would be nice to have that by default.
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22 Apr 2010   #25
nostradamus

W7 and XP
 
 
Brink said to Nostradamus

Quote:
"be sure that you have already opened all of the folders in the WindowsImageBackup and allowed access while doing so first."
.....

What is this and how do you do it ?

I have about 8 system image DVD disks making the system backup image.

Attach VHD in W7 does not work for me.


HDD Size is not an issue
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22 Apr 2010   #26
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Richard,

After you have created a system image backup to have the WindowsImageBackup folder with the backup VHD in it, you will see the path for the WindowsImageBackup folder in the NOTE box at the top of the tutorial on the first page. Once you are there, you would just simply open that folder and all subfolders in it like any other folder. If you get any prompts asking you to "Allow" permission first before opening it, then approve it.

When finished, try extracting the backup VHD again from within the WindowsImageBackup folder.
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22 Apr 2010   #27
nostradamus

W7 and XP
 
 
WindowsImageBackup folder on the same page now

Hello Brink

Sorry if I seem a bit thick (headed).

OK I can see the 4.5 Gb VHD file now what do I do ?

Not sure what you mean by

Quote:
try extracting the backup VHD again from within the WindowsImageBackup folder
this seems to be a vicious circle
If I double click the vhd file on the windowsimagebackup DVD, using windows 7 (Home Premium) prompts me what program would I like to use to open it ? So I give up there and just close it.
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22 Apr 2010   #28
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You would try OPTION ONE in the tutorial again making sure that you select that VHD file when you get to step 6. Hopefully it will work for you this time.
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22 Apr 2010   #29
nostradamus

W7 and XP
 
 
I don't know what I did different.... but

Now when I open "Computer Management" >>> "Disk Management" >>> "Attach VHD"

it says in "Virtual Disk Manager" window

"The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable"

correction the file on the HDD which I copied from the DVD is corrupted.
I accidently opened the wrong copy of the VHD file.

When I try doing the same operation to attach to the VHD file on the DVD I get the original error

"The requested operation could not be completed due to a file system limitation" (for the first backup disk / DVD)

Quote:
This is strange too because the first disk in the backup would usually work
I found that the computer would reboot windows only after completing the second dvd backup of an 8-disk-backup-set.
It reads from the last disk / DVD OK as it does allow me to start the System Restore.

Is there a way to test these backup disks after they a burnt so you know if you have a good working set rather than just blindly believing that the BACKUP is OK and ready to be used ?

Would my PANDA antivirus program have anything to do with this ?

I did the same operation for disk 2 of 8

same message for both vhd files on disk 2 of 8

Quote:
"The requested operation could not be completed due to a file system limitation" (for the first backup disk / DVD)
kind regards

same message for vhd file on disk 8 of 8

Quote:
"The requested operation could not be completed due to a file system limitation" (for the first backup disk / DVD)
Richard
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