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Restoring Images as VHD/VHDX 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 for Start a Restore.

  3. When the Restore wizard opens, select Images as the backup set type and select Restore VHD/X files from the right-hand side.  Hit Next to continue.

  4. On the next page, select which volumes you want to restore (boot volumes will restore has one file) and which date you want to restore to.  Click Next when you are done.

  5. After choosing which volumes to restore, you will then pick where you want to put the restored (.vhd) or (.vhdx) files.  Enter a path manually or use the Browse... button to specify the path.  Click Next to continue.

  6. The last page will give you a summary of the restore job configured.  If everything looks alright, click on Restore to begin the restore.

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