Solved why win7 recovery can't see some images on usb hdd

Hewlett-packard / Pavilion p7-1240
April 22, 2014 at 07:31:17
Specs: Windows 7 Home, amd a10 5700 with 10 gb ram
I was fine with five recovery images on usb hdd until I tried to store some on another drive for safety by copying the image files. Now when I run Win7 recovery, it only sees the 2 latest images on the usb hdd. The files can still be seen with windows explorer, but are invisible to recovery.

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April 24, 2014 at 02:10:00
Are the 'properties' of the files that show as available for recovery any different than those of the ones that don't show?

Could their file name or extension have been changed?

I assume it's not an emergency and you don't need those restore dates right now. It might just end up being an unsolved mystery.



#1
April 22, 2014 at 08:25:23
The system images must be in the root of the hard drive they're stored on, not in a folder.
Recovery can't see any which you've copied to a folder.

That's the only reason I can come up with.

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#2
April 22, 2014 at 13:06:34
The recovery files are still on their original usb hdd root directory but winre only sees the latest two.

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#3
April 22, 2014 at 13:11:31
Do you mean you cannot now do recovery on the original drive or on the other drive?

If it was the latter, did you ensure you were set to show all files (including hidden system) before you did the copying?

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#4
April 22, 2014 at 15:19:50
So you copied some of them to another drive but the originals are still where they're supposed to be?

Doesn't seem like this would matter but maybe when you copied them windows marked them as 'modified' and that is having an affect.


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#5
April 22, 2014 at 21:08:03
As I said only two of the five images are seen by winre and I cannot see a difference using the ol' "stare and compare" which has always served me well.

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#6
April 22, 2014 at 21:10:41
I always run with all files visible

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#7
April 22, 2014 at 21:14:12
Where would I look for a "modified" status indicator for the files in question?

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#8
April 22, 2014 at 22:02:08
On my XP (it's probably the same with 7) you right click on a file and choose 'properties' and the page that opens will have dates for 'created', 'modified' and 'accessed'.

That's just a wild guess and as I mentioned above, it doesn't seem like that would matter.


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#9
April 23, 2014 at 06:45:03
No modifications show on individual images, part of "stare & compare". I agree though, the system acts as if 3 of the 5 images have had activity and somehow disallows winRE from using them but I am not even close to being good enough to know where to go to find a flag or data entry which indicates this.

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#10
April 24, 2014 at 02:10:00
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Are the 'properties' of the files that show as available for recovery any different than those of the ones that don't show?

Could their file name or extension have been changed?

I assume it's not an emergency and you don't need those restore dates right now. It might just end up being an unsolved mystery.


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#11
April 25, 2014 at 08:39:02
All properties and Permissions are the same on the Image which can't be seen and the ones that can. Thanks for the hints but sadly to no avail.

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#12
April 25, 2014 at 19:45:32
Dang, I hate unsolved mysteries.

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