How do I read a VHD file

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by qldtraveller, Aug 7, 2007.

  1. qldtraveller

    qldtraveller Guest

    I upgraded from XP to Vista Ultimate. Backed up data using image backup from
    Vista Ultimate. Gave me 5 discs in VHD format. Subsequently did a clean
    install using Home premium. It will not open the backup VHD images. I just
    need a few documents from the backup set. Any suggestions please.
    qldtraveller, Aug 7, 2007
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  2. VirtualPC virtual machine files are .vhd files. I don't see the connection
    with Vista Backup. I do not use that myself, as I use TrueImage instead.
    Can somebody explain?

    Synapse Syndrome, Aug 7, 2007
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  3. I meant virtual hard drive files, not virtual machine files.

    Synapse Syndrome, Aug 7, 2007
  4. I upgraded from XP to Vista Ultimate. Backed up data using image backup
    The Complete PC Backup facility in Vista uses *.vhd format as its backup
    format. The Complete PC backup makes a block-level copy of the disk; so, a
    disk-oriented format such as vhd was felt to make more sense than a
    file-oriented format like ZIP or BKF.

    It's the same vhd format in both Virtual PC and Compleete PC Backup. In
    fact, you can mount a backup vhd inside Virtual PC, as a hard disk.

    The *downside* to this choice of vhd format is that there is no easy way to
    isolate and restore a single file - it's "all or nothing". If you want to do
    a complete system restore from the Vista repair console, it's great. If you
    want to recover single file, it sucks.

    As best I can work out, the solution is to use the VHDMount tool from
    Virtual Server 2005. This allows you to mount the VHD file as a drive. You
    can then copy individual files from the mounted vhd to your "real" hard disk
    in teh usual manner. Then unmount the vhd.

    Instructions on how to mount the vhd file are here: Server is a free download from it is not very large (~41MB). After you have installed andretrieved to VHDMount.exe file, you could uninstall Virtual Server again, ifyou don't plan on running virtual machines.If you are already using Virtual PC, you could also mount the VHD inside aVM, and then copy the files across the virtual network to your local(physical) PC.Hope it helps,--Andrew McLarenamclar (at) optusnet dot com dot au
    Andrew McLaren, Aug 7, 2007
  5. qldtraveller

    VistaCrux Guest

    Had the same problem: MS Windows Vista 32 bit would not read it's ow
    VHD backup file
    Got it to work the following way
    VHD-file backup was made on several DVDs, volumes 1 through 4
    First offer the LAST Disk. Even without hitting OK, Recovery Consol
    will attempt to read or read and eventually complain that it is th
    wrong file
    Then offer Disk 1 through 4 in this sequence after it complaine
    Apparently, it offers poor user interface.
    Note, the last digit in its error message is the disk number it i
    looking for. In my case 1, 2, 3, and 4
    Hope it works for you, too

    VistaCrux, May 4, 2008

  6. You can also mount .vhd files as disk drives in VirtualPC.

    Synapse Syndrome, May 6, 2008
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