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System Image restore cannot detect image

  1. #1


    Posts : 2
    windows 8.1 pro

    System Image restore cannot detect image


    Hi everyone,

    I have been trying to restore to a system image located on my had drive, i boot up into the recovery tool and select system image recovery, Once the box opens up it begins searching for an image to restore to. But every time i get an error saying windows can not find a system image on your computer. It says attach the back up hard drive to the computer and try again. It will never detect my backup image, but it detects my hard-drive. I don't know what I'm doing wrong.

    The folder with the image is called Windowsimagebackup. there is nothing else on the hard drive but that.

    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks

    Windows 8.1 pro

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  2. #2


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Any help would be appreciated.
    Did you try to boot from the drive ?

    Have you tried Macrium Reflect ?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    windows 8.1 pro


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Did you try to boot from the drive ?

    Have you tried Macrium Reflect ?
    If you mean boot into windows yes i can, I had to reinstall windows and now I want to restore my system backup.

    I will give Macrium Reflect A try now, can i use my existing system image with it?

    Thanks
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  4. #4


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I don't know how that would be done.

    I suggested Macrium because you could make a new image.

    It won't detect your image.
    I meant trying to boot from the drive the image is on.
    I thought if so the image would install.

    Macrium is so much better than the Microsoft way.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Windowsimagebackup should contain a .vhd file. Mount it with disk management.

    Take an image of the mounted drive with another imaging program. Macrium will work, I use Aomei Backupper as it is simple and fast.

    Restore the new aomei or macrium image you just made.
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