Windows 10: How do I open a VHDX file? Solved

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  1.    22 Sep 2015 #1

    How do I open a VHDX file?


    Using Windows 10-64 and Windows backup and restore. I want to view a file that must be contained in a recent backup. I see the apparent backup files as vhdx. I right click to mount the virtual HD and get an error message as shown in the screenshot.

    How do I extract a single file from a backup?

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  2. Posts : 2,033
    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       22 Sep 2015 #2

    Open Disk Management->Action-> Attach VHD and navigate to the .VHDX file. then assign a letter to it.
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  3.    22 Sep 2015 #3

    I try to mount the vhdx and get a message that it's already attached. How do I locate the individual file from the apparently attached vhdx virtual drive? Clicking on the vhdx file presents the error noted in my first post here.

    Thanks for your help.

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    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       22 Sep 2015 #4

    Right click the two Blue drives and assign drive letter

    those are the drive image partitions within the VHD
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  5.    22 Sep 2015 #5

    But it's a non-blue drive, drive G Seagate Backup, that contains the backed-up files. Right clicking on that does allow me to change the drive letter if I click through a couple of warnings. But what do I do with the same drive that will presumably still contain the VHDX files that I don't know how to open? Will they then open with with file explorer simply because the drive letter is changed?

    Also, if I change the drive letter I presume that I'll then need to go back and reconfigure BU/Restore to find the target for future backups.

    Thanks

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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       22 Sep 2015 #6

    You want to assign letters to disk 6 and 7 (cyan color) not disk 5
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  7.    22 Sep 2015 #7

    Okay. So I assume that the newly created drive letter contains the archived version of the disk with the backed up files?

    This is different from Windows 7, but I think I can work with it.
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       22 Sep 2015 #8

    Drive 6 is not your boot C: Drive but it is a virtual drive that you attach from the .vhdx file and currently hidden. You need to assign a letter so you can browse thru it. The same for Disk 7
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  9.    22 Sep 2015 #9

    First - sorry for the edit to the #7 post that you probably read before my edits.

    Thanks for hanging with me on this. It's a little different from what I'm used to. I'm marking this as solved and will repost if I get totally lost.
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       22 Sep 2015 #10

    lbeck said: View Post
    Okay. So I assume that the newly created drive letter contains the archived version of the disk with the backed up files?

    This is different from Windows 7, but I think I can work with it.
    It is always the same as Windows 7.
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