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Physical Imaging Rapid Recovery Restoring to VHD/X Files

One restore method you may choose to use is to restore an Image backup as a (.vhd) or (.vhdx) file.  Restoring an Image backup as a virtual hard drive allows you to do anything you would want to with that virtual hard drive, be it import that file into Hyper-V to manually create a virtual machine or mount the virtual hard drive to an existing machine to put files off of it directly.  This article will show you how to restore an Image in that virtual hard drive form.

Whether or not the files are restored as (.vhd) or (.vhdx) is determined, by default, by the operating system of the source machine.  Images taken of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 machines will typically restore as (.vhd) files while images taken of Windows 8.1/10 and Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 will restore as (.vhdx) files.  The exception to this rule are cases in which the backup software detects the backup destination is incompatible with one of those formats (e.g. if the backup destination is formatted with 4KB sectors, the image will revert to the (.vhdx) format).



  1. Log into the management portal and navigate to the computer account you want to restore from.

  2. Go to the Restore tab and click on the  button next to Physical Imaging.

  3. Choose the option for VHD/X Files.  Then, pick the volume and revision date you want to restore from and hit Next.

  4. Specify the path to which the VHD/VHDX files will be restored.  This can be a local path or a network path.

    Click Next to see a summary of the restore or hit the Restore button to start the restore.

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