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Restore using Windows System Image backup


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#1 etchiwapido

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Posted 13 February 2016 - 05:32 PM

Hi there, so here is my problem,
 
I had to reformat a work laptop due to malware infection, and was able to conduct a full backup using Windows 7 Backup.
 
This left me with this folder structure saved onto an external hard drive:
 
WindowsImageBackup
-*PcName
--Backup 2016-02-01-112842
---(Several XML Files)
---(VHD Backup File)
--Catalog
---BackupGlobalCatalog
---GlobalCatalog
--SPPMetadataCache
---(Unknown File type) single file
--MediaId
 
I now need to access these files, but I can no longer use the image on my work laptop, due to the aforementioned viruses.
I do however have an old laptop with a copy of windows, ready to be formatted.
 
Now, my issue is, I cannot find anything anywhere defining how to use my WindowsImageBackup folder to restore Windows 7 onto a different laptop. Can anyone please help?
 
Thanking you in advance,
etch

Edited by hamluis, 13 February 2016 - 06:36 PM.
Moved from Win 7 to Backup/Imaging - Hamluis.


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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 13 February 2016 - 06:03 PM

You cannot restore the image to another laptop with different hardware and expect it to boot. You should be able to mount the VHD file as a virtual disk and copy any files you need to an external drive.

 

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/566-virtual-hard-disk-create-attach-vhd.html



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Posted 15 February 2016 - 03:58 AM

Thank you for the reply, do I need to mount the VHD as a virtual disk on the original PC? Or can I create it on a separate laptop?



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Posted 15 February 2016 - 10:34 AM

You can mount the VHD on any bootable computer.



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Posted 17 February 2016 - 08:36 AM

Thanks very much, my problem is resolved. The mounted VHD file allowed me to access the files I needed.



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Posted 17 February 2016 - 08:19 PM

You should always backup your files when reformatting. Or mount them in VHD.






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