?
Solved

Image broken VHD to disk

Posted on 2011-03-03
5
Medium Priority
?
1,576 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Is there a way to image a broken XP Mode VDH onto a hard disk so I can get at it with an XP CD?

I have a Win7 XP Mode VHD with XP SP3 on it. It won't boot because it has a missing or corrupt HAL.DLL.

I've mounted a working VHD with the same level OS and copied its hal.dll and its dependent files to the broken VHD but the broken one still won't boot (same error hal.dll)

I think I can fix this if I could boot natively to the broken VHD but Win 7 doesn't support booting to an XP VHD.

Any ideas? If there isn't a way to image the broken VHD onto a disk, maybe I can somehow use  the working (but virgin) VHD? Xcopy the Windows folder from the working one to the broke one...?

The broken VHD has a specific development setup, which will take a few days to recreate and test. I'd like to avoid that!

Thanks

0
Comment
Question by:pancholefty
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 47

Accepted Solution

by:
noxcho earned 2000 total points
ID: 35035114
You can use Paragon Virtualization Manager 2010 to mount the VHD and copy it to physical drive or restore from this VHD to physical drive using V2P Copy.
0
 
LVL 2

Author Comment

by:pancholefty
ID: 35041198
I installed the Paragon demo. When I try to connect to the broken VHD, Paragon says "Virtual disk snapshot can't be mounted because parent virtual disk is unavailable."

This VHD doesn't have a parent. Paragon does mount other VHDs.

It looks like Paragon tech support is e-mail only and I can expect to wait 3-5 business days for a response. It's now Friday evening. I can't wait a week to get an answer from them.

Maybe I should bail on this rescue project and set about recreating the dev environment on a fresh VHD.
0
 
LVL 47

Expert Comment

by:noxcho
ID: 35041997
Interesting, how did it detect you have parent VHD if there is no such?
Run Restore Wizard and try to point VHD as backup source disk. This is possible in Drive Backup 10 Server trial as far as I know.
0
 
LVL 2

Author Closing Comment

by:pancholefty
ID: 35047189
Nothing solved the problem but that's not noxcho's fault. Apparently what I wanted can't be done.
0
 
LVL 2

Author Comment

by:pancholefty
ID: 35047208
Nothing worked so I'm in the process of rebuilding the environment on a hard disk instead of VHD for development. I'll use P2V to make a backup VHD that I can use on the fly for testing when I don't want to bother rebooting to XP on the separate physical disk.

BTW, Restore Wizard only reads backups not VHDs.
0

Featured Post

Prepare for your VMware VCP6-DCV exam.

Josh Coen and Jason Langer have prepared the latest edition of VCP study guide. Both authors have been working in the IT field for more than a decade, and both hold VMware certifications. This 163-page guide covers all 10 of the exam blueprint sections.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

If you get continual lockouts after changing your Active Directory password, there are several possible reasons.  Two of the most common are using other devices to access your email and stored passwords in the credential manager of windows.
The Windows functions GetTickCount and timeGetTime retrieve the number of milliseconds since the system was started. However, the value is stored in a DWORD, which means that it wraps around to zero every 49.7 days. This article shows how to solve t…
This Micro Tutorial will teach you the basics of configuring your computer to improve its speed. It will also teach you how to disable programs that are running in the background simultaneously. This will be demonstrated using Windows 7 operating…
This Micro Tutorial will teach you how to the overview of Microsoft Security Essentials. This is a free anti-virus software that guards your PC against viruses, spyware, worms, and other malicious software. This will be demonstrated using Windows…
Suggested Courses
Course of the Month14 days, 13 hours left to enroll

770 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question