Unable to restore system image - image not found in recovery

Attempting a full system image recovery after hard disk failure. System image (complete directory \windowsimagebackup) copied from network to local external hard disk so that it will be accessible to recovery.
Image can be seen from explorer. During recovery, image not recognized/found, but if I choose "load a driver" the disk and image is visible even from within recovery mode.

Attached are directory listings of the \WindowsImageBackup directory
 Windows Image - see 2 backups present The relevant backup directory VHD files
Catalot filesSPP MetadataCache
Root folder has a .cedata file and nothing else of interest

There is no mediaid.bin file in the root.
I successfully backed up a "new" system image to the disk, that isn't being seen either.  

I have tried playing with sdutil to create a mediaid.bin without success.

How can I restore this system image?  (I am remote from the network so the original is not accessible). It had to be copied, since the original was a 3TB disk that Windows doesn't see for backups.
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eslonimAsked:
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
I've created a work around for this. It requires some tools from the Windows Automated Installation Kit, and Gimagex.
What I basically do is make a .wim out of the System Image recovery .vhd's and then apply these wim's to the drive in question, This way you can use backups from removable media that is not recognized by the Backup Recovery software.  This is all explained in a video here

It is a bit time consuming but it will work.. I've added a few links to recovery software
Windows 7 X64 recovery Disk with imagex and gimagex integrated
Windows 7 PE disk customized
These links are valid for 7 days

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eslonimAuthor Commented:
Ded9,

I am trying to do a bare metal restore, not extract files. I could mount the VHD and restore individual files - that is not the problem.
I am hesitant to actually do it because I don't want to modify the backup VHD - the only other copy I have is many miles away and inaccessible


Edwin
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ded9Commented:
Not sure whether this might be the problem.

If raid was disabled in the bios during the backup ...then disable it and restore the data.

Workaround
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-system/back-up-image-not-recognized-can-i-re-install-from/686ba469-18aa-4749-bb9e-b6e38a547923




Ded9
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Updated links
http://chilp.it/826072 Windows 7 PE
http://chilp.it/006194 Windows 7 Recovery Disk
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eslonimAuthor Commented:
Ve3ofa,

Thanks, looks like it will help.


1) What is the risk if I don't copy the VHD files before I convert to WIM?  I see you need to mount them read/write.  (I am short on disk space - although I have another copy back home).  For a 300G VHD file, how much working space do I need?  I suppose I can use the target disk for creating the WIM files, then copy them back overwriting the VHD in a crunch.



I can't do it right now due to other commitments (even though this is urgent for me), but will try tomorrow.
Edwin
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
You don't have to copy them I just did it to make it easier for mounting as the guid filenames are kind of hard to type. and yes you can use the target disk for creating the wim files, in fact, the wim files can exist on the target drive after they are formatted. the apply basically just unpacks the wim into the target volume (like unzipping a file)
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eslonimAuthor Commented:
I get this message whilst building the WIM of the OS disk, during the scan:

ERROR: Error capturing WIM.
ERROR: The specified path is invalid.

Would chkdsk work on the mounted VHD?  Does that make sense?  Any other suggestions please?
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eslonimAuthor Commented:
GIMAGEX
And here is my config file
[ExclusionList]
\$ntfs.log
\hiberfil.sys
\pagefile.sys
"\System Volume Information"
\RECYCLER
\Windows\CSC
"\X-Plane 9"
"\hp_lj1020_Full_Solution"
\Users\Public\Videos
\Users\Public\Downloads\Denx.tc
\Users\Public\Documents\PP14PRO.iso


[CompressionExclusionList]
*.mp3
*.zip
*.cab
\WINDOWS\inf\*.pnf
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
chkdsk will run on the mounted vhd
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eslonimAuthor Commented:
Now get past scan stage, starts to build, and then:

ERROR: H:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\System\msadc\he-IL\msdaremr.dll.mui [err = 5]
ERROR: Error capturing WIM.
ERROR: Access is denied.

Greatly appreciate your help
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eslonimAuthor Commented:
Great support, still a complex solution for technical people
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