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I would like to create a Virtual image/drive/disk of my current operating Windows computer, so that if there is an emergency and I can't access it,
I can run the Virtual disk on another Windows 10 computer and retrieve any files that were on the desktop etc.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Use Veeam Free Agent....

see my EE Article for download links and software...

HOW TO: Perform a Physical to Virtual (P2V) Conversion the easy way from a computer backup (image).

1. This software is FREE.
2. Can schedule a regular image to another driver, external USB disk, network location.
3. You can browse the image for file restore.
4. Mount the image.
5. Restore the image to another PC, which can be different hardware.

ALL FOR FREE!
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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Disk2VHD - free from Microsoft.  Can mount in disk manager.  Can attach to a VM in Hyper-V.  Fast.

When discarding old hard drives, I always make a copy with Disk2VHD.
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Windows' built-in image backup does it. Add the vhdx file to your hyper-v VM and that's it.
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Thanks you Andrew.
I am willing to try the Veeam solution.
I have installed the Veeam Agent and I am running a Backup onto a NAS drive.
Would I use that back up to restore onto a Virtual machine or browse?
Sorry I am confused.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Expert of the Year 2017

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Use Veeam Agent, Restore and browse to the Backup to open it.

if you want to restore to bare metal, build the Recovery Media, boot the computer (physical or virtual) and again browse to the locaton of your backup.

step by step instructions here

HOW TO: Perform a Physical to Virtual (P2V) Conversion the easy way from a computer backup (image).
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I wonder why people tend to use tools for things that windows backup allows.

You can convert a physical machine to a VM with windows image backup's restore.
You may access single files from the saved image.

It's even easy. Why would you prefer external tools?

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Thanks McKnife, so how would I try this Windows built in image backup?
Where do I start.
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For example use the start menu, type backup, click on backup settings, then on "go to backup and restore"., then "create a system image".
The restore process can be done to a VHD as well as to a normal hard drive. it's bootable right away.

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Thanks McKnife. Under Backup Settings, there is not Backup and Restore on my Windows 10 PC.

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Thanks Andrew.
I am trying a restore however it is not clear where I should restore it to, I don't want to restore it to my current PC since this is only a test to see how this works.
Any advice?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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You need to restore to a computer, another computer, or a virtual computer.

or just open the backup, to explore the files, which is select File Level Restore, and follow the wizard. This function mounts the backup, for you to explore, and copy files out of the backup, it does not actually restore files to your PC (e.g. does not overwrite them on the PC)
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"Under Backup Settings, there is not Backup and Restore on my Windows 10 PC. "
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@ McKnife, I cannot seem to attach the vhdx file to my Hyper V, it cannot even see the files.
Once I try to import the file it says the username and password is not correct?  It's not even asking me for one..
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Create a new vhdx, restore the image to it, that's the process.

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