Windows 10: System Image Recovery can only find one image. But there are others. Solved


  1. Posts : 16
    Windows 10 Professional 32-bit
       09 Apr 2018 #1

    System Image Recovery can only find one image. But there are others.


    Hi,

    On my Acer laptop there are two system images contained in D:\WindowsImageBackup\%ComputerName% (Win10 resides in C: ). Their folder names are:

    (A) Bachup 2018-02-18 034639

    (B) Backup 2018-03-28 105044

    I wanted to do a System Image Recovery, using the earlier image A. But the Recover Wizard can only found the later image B after I clicked on the "Select a system image" radio button.

    I tried renaming the folder B, but no luck.

    But I noticed something. I copied the whole WindowsImageBackup folder to the root directory of an external USB HDD and deleted the image B sub-folder under this newly copied WindowsImageBackup folder. Then I did System Image Recovery again. This time the Recovery Wizard still lists, under the "Most recent system image" column, image B on the external HDD, along with the image B on the local computer.

    That led me to think that maybe the Recovery Wizard determines the available system images by consulting some records in some files, i.e., not by enumerating the available image folders. But that's only a guess.

    Anyway, is it possible for the earlier system image A to be available?

    Thank you.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 2,429
    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       09 Apr 2018 #2

    The Windows Built in backup software is a bad choice to use and lots of people are having the same problem as yours. The possible problem might be:
    1. If you move the backup folder to another drive.
    2. The Windows backup created many files and if one of the files is corrupted/damage.


    Having said that, may I ask the reason why you want to restore from A backup, is there certain file(s) you want to restore or you want to restore a complete backup ? If the former then it is easy to selectively restore. If the latter then it is more complicated but it can be done.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    09 Apr 2018 #3

    "...I copied the whole WindowsImageBackup folder to the root directory of an external USB HDD and deleted the image B sub-folder under this newly copied WindowsImageBackup folder.I copied the whole WindowsImageBackup folder to the root directory of an external USB HDD and deleted the image B sub-folder under this newly copied WindowsImageBackup folder..." If I understand this correctly, I think the pointers that Windows Image Backup & Restore would be looking for -- are no longer in the original place, rather, those pointers are now in another place -- and Windows B&R does not know how to go to or how to use those newly-relocated pointers. If I misunderstand this situation, others will correct me :)
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  4. Posts : 16
    Windows 10 Professional 32-bit
    Thread Starter
       09 Apr 2018 #4

    Since I can't find an editing function for my post, here I would like to clarify on the following statement I made:

    "This time the Recovery Wizard still lists, under the 'Most recent system image' column, image B on the external HDD, along with the image B on the local computer."

    By "local computer" I mean the D: partition of the HDD of the local computer, where the original two system images are stored. The external HDD is connected to the same computer indeed. So, it's also a component of the local computer, not a remote device.

    @ topgundcp:

    When the later image B was created, Win10 was in a terrible mess at that time (as it still is now). So I would like to go back to the earlier image A.
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  5. Posts : 371
    trying to install win10
       09 Apr 2018 #5

    drkh said: View Post

    Anyway, is it possible for the earlier system image A to be available?

    Thank you.
    Not clear what you have done to it. Yes, if you can see the .vhd file for image A, you can restore it manually using any number of tools. That is one of the advantages of the .vhd format.

    You could borrow my boot media and use dism gui for example.

    You would then need to use NT6repair to create the boot files and menu. ( That takes a couple of seconds)

    Lastly, still using NT6Repair, Fix the drive letter of the restored image.

    All the above tools are in the boot media.

    Here:
    16299x64-v2.iso
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  6. Posts : 16
    Windows 10 Professional 32-bit
    Thread Starter
       09 Apr 2018 #6

    I found image A.

    From the "Select a system image backup" dialogue, I clicked on the "Select a system image" radio button, pressed the Next button. In the new dialogue only image B was listed. (That's the problem I had.) But here I selected image B anyway, clicked on the Next button. In the new "Select the date and time..." dialogue I saw image A in the list.

    Thank you, guys.
    @SIW2:

    It's really good to know that .vhd file is applicable to other restore utilities. Very useful information. I do appreciate it.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    10 Apr 2018 #7

    drkh said: View Post
    I found image A.

    From the "Select a system image backup" dialogue, I clicked on the "Select a system image" radio button, pressed the Next button. In the new dialogue only image B was listed. (That's the problem I had.) But here I selected image B anyway, clicked on the Next button. In the new "Select the date and time..." dialogue I saw image A in the list.

    Thank you, guys.
    @SIW2:

    It's really good to know that .vhd file is applicable to other restore utilities. Very useful information. I do appreciate it.
    You are aware system image backup is a deprecated feature ie MS intend to drop it and recommend using 3rd party tools.

    I strongly recommend you use the forum favourite - Macrium Reflect Free - see tutorials in tutorial section.

    The backups are about 30% smaller as well.
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  8. Posts : 16
    Windows 10 Professional 32-bit
    Thread Starter
       10 Apr 2018 #8

    cereberus said: View Post
    I strongly recommend you use the forum favourite - Macrium Reflect Free - see tutorials in tutorial section.

    The backups are about 30% smaller as well.
    Great to know that. Thanks.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  9. Posts : 7,643
    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       10 Apr 2018 #9

    drkh said: View Post
    I found image A.
    From the "Select a system image backup" dialogue, I clicked on the "Select a system image" radio button, pressed the Next button. In the new dialogue only image B was listed. (That's the problem I had.) But here I selected image B anyway, clicked on the Next button. In the new "Select the date and time..." dialogue I saw image A in the list.
    The documentation for the built-in system imaging is poor (if any). What you say makes sense, the 'WindowsImageBackup\%ComputerName%' folder is seen as a single 'backup' of 'ComputerName', within which may be stored one or more images of varying dates.

    I use the built-in System Imaging regularly myself - but I wouldn't recommend it. Its most common failing is that just when you need it the most it fails to recognise an image as being restorable. It is now officially a deprecated feature and even Microsoft recommend you use something else.
    Microsoft said:
    System Image Backup (SIB) Solution
    We recommend that users use full-disk backup solutions from other vendors.
    Features removed or Deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

    By all accounts it still exists in the Spring Creators Update (1803) that's about to be released, but it can only be a matter of time before it is removed. During its stay of execution you should look into using something more reliable, such as Macrium Reflect (free).
    Last edited by Bree; 10 Apr 2018 at 07:52.
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