How To Attach VHD Virtual Disk And Extract Files From The System Image

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It is always better to create a system backup to restore important files and settings later in an event of system malfunction due to a virus attack, or entire breakdown. Though the procedure of backing up data is quite easy, restoring specific files from the system image might seem a bit tricky to users. Here are the steps offered by Windows support center that would guide you to attach a virtual VHD system image on your Windows 7 computer and restore important data from it.

Steps to follow

  • Launch the Control Panel window on your computer and go to the Administrative Tools link. Select Computer Management from the resulting window.
  • You can also launch the same dialogue box by entering compmgmt.msc in the Start Search box and tapping the Enter key.
  • Click Yes, if your computer prompts for UAC.
  • Right click over the Disk Management link present at the left pane, and move on by clicking Attach VHD. This can also be done by clicking on Disk Management, and selecting Attach VHD option from the Action link on the menu bar.
  • Select Browse to locate the file, and go to the drive or partition that contains the system image. Click on the VHD file for the drive from which you wish to extract files. Usually, there are separate VHD files for each hard disk for which the system image backup is created. Contact the Windows support center to learn more about your system VHD files. However, you will be restricted to open the VHD file for the 100 MB System Reserved partition, if you have created one earlier along with the installation of Windows 7.
  • Click OK to continue.

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  • Make sure that the box against Read Only entry is unchecked. The selected VHD file will appear as a separate virtual disk in the Disk Management window with its own drive specified.
  • Close the Disk Management window.
  • If an AutoPlay pop-up box appears on your computer screen, double click on the Open Folder link to view the files in it. If you do not see an AutoPlay pop-up box, then launch Windows Explorer in your computer, and open the newly attached VHD virtual drive, just like any other installed hard drive or partition.

After finishing all the above procedures, you can simply restore any file or copy data to your Windows 7 system drive, which is backed up in the attached system image VHD disk. If you face any troubles while performing the above-mentioned steps, contact Windows support center and get proper assistance.