Can I restore files from server backups if my WHS machine is unavailable (e.g. in Windows 7) RRS feed

  • Question

  • Question's in the title really:

    Can I restore files from server backups if my WHS machine is unavailable?

    So can I take an external hard which my WHS 2011 machine has backed up to, and access those files from, say, a Windows 7 client machine?

    At the moment, if I attach such a USB hard drive, I'm just told the partition can't be accessed.



    Sunday, March 4, 2012 11:55 AM

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  • Yes, you can. Windows Home Server's backup engine is the same as the engine in Windows Server 2008 R2, so it uses a .vhd (virtual hard drive) file to store the server backup(s). You can use the tools built into Windows 7 (some versions) to mount that vhd file as a local disk.

    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)

    Sunday, March 4, 2012 12:56 PM
  • Many thanks for that, Ken - very encouraging.

    But when I plug the USB external drive into my Windows 7 client, I get:

    Drive is not accessible. Access is denied

    I can see the drive and NTFS partition correctly in the Windows 7 Disk Manager.

    What steps should I follow to get the right NTFS access privileges so I can access my backups?

    Many thanks.

    Sunday, March 4, 2012 2:34 PM
  • Hi,

    Please use the "Backup and Restore" under "System and Security" from Control Panel to do the restore.

    Best Regards,


    Monday, March 5, 2012 5:19 AM