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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

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Nothing solved the problem but that's not noxcho's fault. Apparently what I wanted can't be done.
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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.
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