Using a VHD Drive Image without Restoring It

To use a VHD-type disk image created by System Recovery plug-in, you can just write it to some data storage to make a bootable media; therefore, these are the other methods of using these files for different purposes, i.e. browsing for specific information and starting as a virtual machine.

Note: Both these options are not parts of Handy Backup! Use these methods according to recommendations and detailed instructions of external software manufacturers; we are providing these extra possibilities, not an external software.

Attaching a VHD File to VirtualBox Machine

To use your VHD system image as a VirtualBox virtual machine, please follow the next instruction:

  1. Create a new VirtualBox machine, with an OS type and memory size matching your original system.
  2. Use your VHD file as a bootable virtual hard disk, instead of creating a new hard disk (the default option for making a new VirtualBox machine).
  3. Adjust some settings of a new virtual machine using the “Settings” section of main VirtualBox control panel. Enable I/O APIC, disable PAE/NX features and configure your VHD disk as a SATA device if you need it.

Well done; you can use your virtual machine with an original system image. Fine-tuning VirtualBox machines will open many possibilities for you!

Browsing a VHD File as a Virtual Drive

To attach your VHD file to your Windows file system, please use the next sequence of actions:

  1. Open “Start” menu, right-click on the “Computer” item and call to a “Management” in the context menu appearing.
  2. Select the “Disk Management” section.
  3. In the “Action” menu, click on the “Attach VHD” item.
  4. Select a VHD file in an opening dialog appearing. Mark the “Read-only” option to prevent changing your VDH file by accidental writing to it.
  5. Your virtual disk will appear in the list of system drives, marked by blue. You may use it as a common drive to browse the information stored on it.
  6. lWhen you finish, go to the disk management section again and use the “Detach VHD” option in the “Action” menu to unmount a VHD file.

Again, that is all you need to browse your system recovery image.

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