Catalog folder missing in Microsoft System Image Backup

I'm needing to perform a bare metal restore of my Windows 7 32bit laptop. I have a system image backup on an external HD with all VHD files, but the catalog folder is missing. When I run the system restore it cannot find the restore files due to the missing catalog folder.

Is there a way to rebuild or locate or restore the catalog folder?
Is there a way to perform a bare metal restore using the existing image files without a catalog folder?
ei00004Network AdministratorAsked:
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Windows 7 and same 8 8.1 and 10 system image tool is just a joke over the user. Very hard to deal with. Is the Backup Catalog lost or does the recovery process tell you, that it is not available?
There are some commandline recovery steps designed for Server OS but they should work for Windows 7 as well.
See if they help: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/previous-versions/windows/it-pro/windows-server-2012-R2-and-2012/cc742142(v=ws.11)
And next time use some third party backup tool to take image of your system.
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ei00004Network AdministratorAuthor Commented:
The Backup Catalog folder is actually missing. The restore says something like it cannot fine the backup files. The article you sent talks about wbadmin, however wbadmin has limited functionality on Windows 7, I don't think Windows 7 recognizes the wbadmin restore function. Below is the Error I get with running the restore command.

Windows image location = F:\WindowsImageBackup

C:\Windows\system32>wbadmin restore catalog -backupTarget:F
wbadmin 1.0 - Backup command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2004 Microsoft Corp.

ERROR - The specified backup location could not be found or is not a
supported backup storage location.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
What if you try to mount the VHD file from backup on any working system and then backup the content of mounted virtual drive with third party backup tool for further restore?
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ei00004Network AdministratorAuthor Commented:
I thought about that and checked Acronis True Image Backup, but they can't read the Microsoft VHD files. I can't find a 3rd party utility that will read Microsoft's vhd files and create a CD or ISO image to allow me to perform a bare metal restore. Do you think it would be possible to boot the laptop using the Windows repair CD, open the CMD prompt, then some kind of way copy the files using the "copy" command from the mounted VHD image to the laptop's C drive?
This way the O.S. is not running and I may be able overwrite the system files. Just a thought.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
If you mount the VHD via Windows Disk Management on a running Windows 7+ Pro machine then you can use Paragon Backup & Recovery (free) to take backup of the mounted drive. You do not need to read the vhd directly. Just mount it as internal drive. There is such option in Windows.
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ei00004Network AdministratorAuthor Commented:
Will the free version of Paragon allow me to create a bootable CD or ISO image file from the mount drive that will allow me to perform a bare metal restore?
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
It will let you create backup to a backup file. Then you can boot your system from a Recovery CD created with Backup & Recovery Free and restore from that backup image.
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ei00004Network AdministratorAuthor Commented:
Since I already had Amoei Backupper already installed on my laptop, I tried it. Amoei only allows me to create a system image from the C drive and system reserve partitions, it does allow me to create an image backup from the mounted VHD files, but it will not allow me to create a system image backup. I will now try Paragon to see if it will allow me to create a system image backup from the mounted VHD files.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Don't concentrate on the wording of SYSTEM. You need to take full backup of mounted VHD drive (its file system). And then restore this over a real HDD.
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ei00004Network AdministratorAuthor Commented:
Tried Paragon backup and it worked! I was able to restore the mounted VHD files to the C drive partition. I didn't have to restore the entire disk (C partition + System Reserve), just restored the C partition. Had to create a boot USB drive using their WinPE recovery media that allowed me to write files over the existing C drive files. Thanks for all your help.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Glad to hear it worked. Make sure you use non-Microsoft backup tool in future :)
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