Restore a file on SBS 2008 backup when server died

My server died and I have decided to not replace it as using cloud services.

I have backed up data with Windows server backup to an external drive - I also backed up most of my data in the cloud as well and have restored this and operating fine. However Murphy's law there is one file that I would like from the server backup that I have not backed up on the cloud.

Is there an easy way to retrieve this file. Appears the backup if only designed to be restored to the server being backed up or an identical spec

I have looked at bare metal restore and thought initially I could restore this to a spare PC but believe the specs on machines need to be the same and even then could be issues.

I was also looking at installing windows server 2008 on PC but its 32 bit and R2 only works on 64bit and again not even sure this will work.

Appreciate any suggestions.
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Windows 2008 backup backs up to VHD files, and those you should be able to mount on Windows PC's (7 or server OS's) within Diskmanagement, then you can copy the files from the drive letter that it got to some other location.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Agreed with rindi. Either mount it via Windows Disk Management or connect the vhd as second virtual drive to any hyper v machine.
donhannamAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the help.

I have set up the usb drive on the windows 7 PC and have used Disk management to view files and am presently copying one of the 3 vhd files to a folder on the windows PC. Looks like this may take a day or 2?.

I am not sure what to do once this copies to the PC?.

Do I use windows 7 backup and restore to read it or perhaps I can install Windows server 2008 backup / restore onto PC?.

If this is the case perhaps I can restore directly from usb drive without having to copy the full image backups?.
You don't need to copy the VHD files to the PC. Rather in Diskmanagement select "Action", then "Attach VHD". Now you select the VHD file on your USB drive which you want to open. This VHD file will then show up as an additional disk in diskmanagent. If it doesn't get assigned a drive letter, you can assign one yourself. You can then browse that virtual disk and copy whatever you want from it.

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donhannamAuthor Commented:
Rindi - Thanks for this - worked great.
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