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Problem w extracting files from system image. format disk?

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June 16, 2012 10:20:30 PM

Hello,

After searching for a few hours, I decided to post a new thread.

I am trying to extract some specific files from a system image rather than doing a full restore. The WindowsImageBackup is on an external 500gb hard drive.

I have followed all directions on how to do this:

Computer management -> Disk management -> attach VHD

The VHD attaches fine, and it is the correct file. But when it attaches I get the message: "you need to format the disk in drive F: before you can use it. Do you want to format it?"

I clicked cancel, and then tried to right click -> explore. I then got the message: "F:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable."

Out of all the tutorials I have read, the file should open just fine and let me explore it. Why is it asking me to format the disk? And is it safe to do so?

The file system is listed as "RAW" and the status is "Healthy(primary partition)"

I don't want to lose everything on the system image! Can I/should I format the disk?

Thanks in advance for your help! Let me know if you need more information.

Ben
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June 16, 2012 11:32:22 PM

benh12 said:
Hello,

After searching for a few hours, I decided to post a new thread.

I am trying to extract some specific files from a system image rather than doing a full restore. The WindowsImageBackup is on an external 500gb hard drive.

I have followed all directions on how to do this:

Computer management -> Disk management -> attach VHD

The VHD attaches fine, and it is the correct file. But when it attaches I get the message: "you need to format the disk in drive F: before you can use it. Do you want to format it?"

I clicked cancel, and then tried to right click -> explore. I then got the message: "F:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable."

Out of all the tutorials I have read, the file should open just fine and let me explore it. Why is it asking me to format the disk? And is it safe to do so?

The file system is listed as "RAW" and the status is "Healthy(primary partition)"

I don't want to lose everything on the system image! Can I/should I format the disk?

Thanks in advance for your help! Let me know if you need more information.

Ben

No - If you format, you lose data/files.
You need to find some data recovery software. Here is some links on "RAW" file system. Good luck
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