Trying to create ISO image using powerISO of a partition containing WIN XP, Access denied on several files

spellbinder2050

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I'm on Windows 7 trying to create an ISO image of a 10GB partition containing a running version of Windows XP. I'm using PowerISO

When I right click the partition and go to > PowerISO > Add to image file I get this error:

"E:\\WINDOWS\repair\ntuser.dat

Access is denied"

I tried to open the partition in explorer and simply dragging all of the files into PowerISO, but when I try to create the ISO file I get the same error.

I've tried properties > security tab and set permissions for all users, but it doesn't seem to have any effect.

Any ideas would be appreciated.
 

Tanyac

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Is there a reason the output has to be an ISO file?

The problem is not the security on the file, it's that it's a locked system file. Whatever permissions you changed I'd revert.

Personally, I'd use something like Macrium Reflect Free to create the image. It will handle all these issues.

http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx

You can either install the free version and leave it on your PC, or create a rescue media which you can boot from to create images of PCs.
 

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What I'm trying to do is make an ISO image, then use a little program called Rufus to create a bootable image (which would also serve as a back up), of a small 10GB partition on my HDD containing WinXP. If what you're saying will do the job I'll just use that, but could you elaborate further on what it actually does and if it would be appropriate for this?

Thank you for the response! :bounce:
 

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I understand what you are trying to do.

What I do is use Rufus to make a bootable image of an existing Windows 7 ISO. (I slipstream NVMe drivers and other extras). This gives a fresh starting point should my wWindows install get so messed up I need to start from scratch.


Then I use Macrium Reflect to backup the system "as is" to am image (".mrimg"), which can later be restored using a USB boot drive (called a "rescue disc". It's quite fast actually. to restore my 33gb Windows image takes 9 minutes to my Samsung 960 SSD drive.

Worth having a go I think.

Good luck.

 

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Exactly my point.
 
OP, I have a feeling you misunderstand what an ISO is for..... ISO=an optical disc image often consist of installation files.

Once the OS is INSTALLED on the HD, u can't make an install disc of it it any more.

Also, you can't transfer a Windows HD Boot image and expect it to boot from an optical.

You can, however, make an OS Image backup of it, and restore this backup if OS partition ever get damaged. Macrium and CloneZilla are oftenly mentioned to achieve this.
 

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