Windows 7 backup image in Virtual Box

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Windows 7 backup image in Virtual Box

Postby grod777 » 2. Jul 2011, 19:04

I apologize in advance if this has been discussed already but I searched the forum and could not find a discussion on it.

I have a backup image of my W7 machine and wanted to test it in VBox. I have tried selecting the .VHD file from my backup but was unsuccessful.
Is this possible? If so How?
Thanks.
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Re: Windows 7 backup image in Virtual Box

Postby BillG » 3. Jul 2011, 01:23

No, it is not possible. Microsoft uses the .vhd file type for backup but the image can only be used by the backup software. It is not a bootable image of the installed OS.
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Re: Windows 7 backup image in Virtual Box

Postby grod777 » 16. Jul 2011, 17:18

Is there any way of testing my Windows backup on a VM?
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Re: Windows 7 backup image in Virtual Box

Postby Sasquatch » 16. Jul 2011, 17:52

Install Windows and restore the backup through the use of the image?
Read the Forum Posting Guide before opening a topic.
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Howto: Install Linux Guest Additions
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Re: Windows 7 backup image in Virtual Box

Postby grod777 » 16. Jul 2011, 17:58

I tried that but it asks where to restore it from. The file size is 96gb so I can't put it on a flash drive. I tried pulling from a network drive but can't get it to work.
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