Windows 7 image recovery from Network or USB flash drive

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I have replaced a hard disk in my media center and now I need to restore the system from a previously saved system image. It was saved on a network drive but the recovery program (on the repair disk) is unable to find the image. Using the command line IPCONFIG it does not appear the computer has an IP address although a DHCP server is available and working.

I copied the image to a USB flash drive but once again the recovery utility does not see the image.

I would appreciate any help with either method to restore the hard disk image.

Thanks,
Sid.
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What is the ext of the image file.

Ded9

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Is it .vhd..you can boot from windows 7 disc select complete pc restore .



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Sid PriceSoftware Systems Architect/Designer

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It is not a single file it is a folder of data generated by Windows System Image utility.
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Sounds like the recovery software isn't getting an IP address because it doesn't have the drivers for the NIC. Do you have another PC to hook up the HDD to?
Sid PriceSoftware Systems Architect/Designer

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Yes I can hook the new HDD to another computer, can I restore the image to that drive on another computer?

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Oh I meant using the other system to replace the primary drive. I'm not sure if Windows SIM has that capability. But yet it and see of it will allow it at all. If not, then try replacing the primary drive.
Sid PriceSoftware Systems Architect/Designer

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I don't want to just install Windows on the new drive, that is the point of using the System Image.

If one is allowed to make a network backup how on earth is one supposed to recover that network backup when it appears that the system repair disk does not install network drivers?

Sid.

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Right. I believe they only have generic NIC drivers. I know that I had to specially install my drivers. Once you restore Windows and your data, the drivers should also be restored.
Sid PriceSoftware Systems Architect/Designer

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And I install the drivers how how so that I can then restore the image?
Sid.

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If you have a system that the restore can use its generic NIC drivers for.
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what is the recovery utility you use? Windows backup and restore?
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I used the Windows System Image Backup/recovery, part of Windows 7.

I have now abandoned trying to recover the image from USB or the network. I was able to make a new backup of the hard drive to DVDs and restore to the new hard drive from that.

It is a great pity that once again a really useful utility from MS lacks the documentation necessary to make it work. I was fortunate this time,in that I could make a new backup. I feel for anyone who has a network system image backup and has only network recovery as an option.

Sid.
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Disappointed not to get the answer I wanted from the exchange.

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