I have recently moved my main machine from Windows 7 to Server 2008 R2. Just before I did the install, I used the Windows Backup facility to create a backup on a file share.

I am now using the Server Backup facility in 2008 R2 to restore this and it is not working. When I use another Win7 machine, I point the restore program at the folder containing the backup fileset and it lets me look through them. In R2, I point it at the same folder and it tells me that "The specified remote share does not contain any backup."

I naively assumed that the two systems would be compatible, is this not the case? Is there anyway to get that data back again?


When you make a backup I it creates a couple VHD files. You should be able to simply mound one of those VHD files directly and get access to what you want.

  • does win7 create a vhd file, I know that w2k8r2 does but I'm not sure about win7. – tony roth Jun 30 '10 at 18:57
  • @tony roth, It did when I ran a full backup of my workstation two weeks ago. – Zoredache Jun 30 '10 at 19:03
  • This was not a full backup, just a local user backup. It does not produce vhd's just lots and lots of what I presume are zip files. – Colin Desmond Jun 30 '10 at 19:34
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    If you can't come up with any other solution you could setup windows 7 in a VM temporarily to do your restore. – Zoredache Jun 30 '10 at 19:40
  • @Zoredache - That is the best I have come up with so far! – Colin Desmond Jun 30 '10 at 19:42

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