WindowsImageBackup created on win 7 computer

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    WindowsImageBackup created on win 7 computer


    Dear 10 Forums,
    Win10 Pro 64, 256GB SSD

    I have a WindowsImageBackup created on win7 computer from 2021. When I attach a file(I have several VHD? Files, 47GB, 100+gb, and 119GB)<--- they represent my old 7's HDD's C:\ , D and E. The WindowsImageBackup is on a 4TB external HDD.

    When attached in Disk management, (I Tried smallest 1st) assigned drive letter, went to 'Explorer' and it just shows an empty drive...

    In 2021 when I upgraded from 7/ 64 to 10 pro 64, I guess I used the network to pick and choose what files I wanted from 7 and moved them to 10...

    Now I don't have that option, and it may be a moot point, since I pretty much have all my stuff from win 7 on external HDD's and Win 10 is working fine.

    I'm just curious why, when mounted, the new drives in explorer are empty, I think I read somewhere a while back, you need to have that WindowsImageBackup image on your C:\ drive, if true my 256 SSD isn't nearly big enough...

    ^^^(Nope, I Just copied the smallest, 47GB to my desktop and mounted it, it still reads empty in diskmgmt, and explorer)^^^


    Any Ideas? I just hate not knowing stuff!

    TY all
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    sneauxwolf said:
    I'm just curious why, when mounted, the new drives in explorer are empty, I think I read somewhere a while back, you need to have that WindowsImageBackup image on your C:\ drive, if true my 256 SSD isn't nearly big enough...

    ^^^(Nope, I Just copied the smallest, 47GB to my desktop and mounted it, it still reads empty in diskmgmt, and explorer)^^^

    Any Ideas? I just hate not knowing stuff!

    TY all
    It's probably a permissions issue, you can only see the files/folders for which your account has permission. Only the account(s) on the original Win7 PC would have permission to see some folders, such as C:\Users - and those accounts don't exist on this PC. You'd need to mount the .VHD, take ownership of the drive, then grant yourself permission. This would almost certainly break the image for restore purposes, so should only be attempted on a copy of the .VHD.
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    Ty, but NO, Windows has all the tools you should need...I mean of course I use plenty of other paid programs but no...

    TS

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    Bree said:
    It's probably a permissions issue, you can only see the files/folders for which your account has permission. Only the account(s) on the original Win7 PC would have permission to see some folders, such as C:\Users - and those accounts don't exist on this PC. You'd need to mount the .VHD, take ownership of the drive, then grant yourself permission. This would almost certainly break the image for restore purposes, so should only be attempted on a copy of the .VHD.

    LOL, Tyvm,

    I laugh because that's a whole other ball of wax we probably spent a week on here, trying to figure that out, never did, I still can't network w a win11 comp, due to Probable Credential/ permissions issue .

    You may be right, I have no clue! I said it's probably a moot point, just a curiosity...


    TS

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    Bree said:
    It's probably a permissions issue, you can only see the files/folders for which your account has permission. Only the account(s) on the original Win7 PC would have permission to see some folders, such as C:\Users - and those accounts don't exist on this PC. You'd need to mount the .VHD, take ownership of the drive, then grant yourself permission. This would almost certainly break the image for restore purposes, so should only be attempted on a copy of the .VHD.
    WindowsImageBackup created on win 7 computer-untitled.jpg
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    load the .vhd (x) with diskgenius ( free version is fine )

    Free Download DiskGenius Online

    can then select the partition in the vhd and clone it or click the files tab and copy out individual files

    WindowsImageBackup created on win 7 computer-diskgenius-open.jpg
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    SIW2 said:
    load the .vhd (x) with diskgenius ( free version is fine )

    Free Download DiskGenius Online

    can then select the partition in the vhd and clone it or click the files tab and copy out individual files

    WindowsImageBackup created on win 7 computer-diskgenius-open.jpg
    Ty, no,

    I don't think 3rd party is the answer...I've used the tools in windows for 33 years, of course I use a couple of free 3rd party, I have Aiomei partition assistant for making large USB drives suitable for whatever, Switch sound converter, Sea tools, (I create a lot of videos on YouTube) Using Start+g Xbox recorder for PC, then MSFT ClipChamp in order to edit, add music and fly away...

    sneauxwolf - YouTube

    ty, but no, it's a moot point, I got all the files back when, and use Acronis 2020 perpetual license for backups(Paid once) and free Macrium just incase...

    Ty, no
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    Why are you wasting peoples time asking questions when you won't take advice.
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    SIW2 said:
    Why are you wasting peoples time asking questions when you won't take advice.
    Ty,
    I take advice, I don't have to use it., I may try it, I just think its a Windows/ DOS fix...

    Do you have a 3rd party fix for networking/ credentials/ possible router problem too? It's all related!!!
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    sneauxwolf said:
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    That show the ownership/permission for the .VHD file. You'd need to mount the .VHD file as a virtual drive, it's the permissions/ownership of the files and folder on that virtual drive that are the problem. As I said, changing ownership/permissions on the contents of the virtual drive will probably render the .VHD unrestorable as a working Windows 7 system, so work on a copy of the .VHD.

    Ty, but NO, Windows has all the tools you should need...I mean of course I use plenty of other paid programs but no...
    The tools provided in Windows are inadequate for this task, or at least, awkward to use. Microsoft specifically warn you that you're not supposed to be able to restore individual files from their system images, so they don't provide any tools to do so.

    WindowsImageBackup created on win 7 computer-image.png

    If you have 7-Zip then 7-Zip File Manager can open a .VHD as an archive and copy files from it without being restricted by permissions.
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    Bree said:
    That show the ownership/permission for the .VHD file. You'd need to mount the .VHD file as a virtual drive, it's the permissions/ownership of the files and folder on that virtual drive that are the problem. As I said, changing ownership/permissions on the contents of the virtual drive will probably render the .VHD unrestorable as a working Windows 7 system, so work on a copy of the .VHD.


    The tools provided in Windows are inadequate for this task, or at least, awkward to use. Microsoft specifically warn you that you cannot restore individual files from their system images, so they don't provide any tools to do so.

    WindowsImageBackup created on win 7 computer-image.png

    If you have 7-Zip then 7-Zip File Manager can open a .VHD as an archive and copy files from it without being restricted by permissions.
    No, I don't use windows image backup on 10, I did on 7, and Picked files/folders out from 7 image, to win10 n 2021.
    I use acronis for 10...

    Ty,
    Yes I have it, I opened the location of the 3 Large VHD? files, I selected the 3 and extracted them to a folder on my desktop(oops)
    Being my C:\ isn't that big I'll try extracting to 4TB drive after I eat. Correct me if I need to do it differently please.

    ty all again,
    TS
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