I have a USB drive that contains a WindowsToGo flat-file installation on a 16GB NTFS single partition.
So it has a normal Windows folder structure \Users, \Program Files, \Windows, etc.
I want to make a fixed VHD of 16GB containing all those files.
I don't want to use any VHD tools because the USB drive is a 500GB drive containing a 16GB NTFS partition. I need to make a fixed VHD from it of approx. 16GB (not a 500gb VHD!). i.e. I don't want a fixed VHD of the whole USB drive.
I created a new empty 16GB fixed .VHD file, attached it and formatted it as NTFS.
I am running on a normal MBR-booting Win10 x64 SSD system (it was Home but I have now upgraded it to Pro).
Now I want to copy all the files from the WinToGo USB drive to the VHD.
The problem is when the copy process hits certain files (mostly in the \Windows folder), it fails to copy them.
I have tried xcopy, robocopy, Hobocopy, Shadospawn, spyhunter, OSForensic, VSSCopy and many other tools - all without success. They all report copy errors. I suspect because Win10 may be getting confused and thinks that some of these files are actually it's own system OS files (i.e. it thinks it is running WinToGo) and so not allowing access to them?
I have not tried WinPE (or forensic PE), I suspect that these may work, but that is not the point. I want to copy the files from a normal Windows 10 system.
Does anyone have any ideas?
P.S. I am trying robocopy /B /MIR again and it seems to be working so far... I did try this before when I had Win 10 Home and I don't think it worked (if I remember correctly). So maybe /B requires Pro or higher for VSS???
Scratch that! - it is following the symbolic links- e.g. it hits the My Documents symbolic link and then tries to copy all my Windows OS's Documents folder! If I use the /sl switch, then I get 'program cannot access the file') when trying to access my Documents and Settings\Steve\ntuser.dat file, etc....
Edited by steve6375, 3 weeks ago.