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#1 Forns

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 02:23 AM

Hi all,

So, I just had my hard drive replaced on an HP Pavilion desktop, and am now trying to restore an image that I created (using BoT) prior to its repair. The only problem is that Windows restore has been unable to detect said image, despite my troubleshooting.

I feel like I'm missing something simple here; when I attempted to simply use BoT's Disaster Recovery > Restore Drive option, selected the backup image, then the destination, all I got was a lousy pop up saying: "To perform a Disaster Recovery or restore a drive partition containing your Windows operating system, you must insert a recovery boot disc and restart your computer. Would you like to review an online Help topic on this subject?" As such, and as per the given instructions, here's what I tried:

1. Began by inserting recovery disc, which allowed me to select the restore using image option.
2. When I attempted to choose the image (on an external hard drive that was appearing amongst the detected drives), I received the error that windows could not find any image files.
3. Next, I tried plugging the external into different USB ports, adding its drivers (again, as it had been detected the first time), copying the image onto the C drive, and copying the image onto another external HD--none of which resulted in the image's detection. I'll note, the file is a .SIB

Any advice apropos of the image's restoration would be most appreciated; I apologize if this is a common issue that I simply haven't noticed on the forums, but my position seemed to be unique.

Thanks in advance!

#2 Brendon

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 05:41 AM

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Forns,

To restore, you must start your machine on a BackOnTrack recovery disc. BackOnTrack [BoT] won't let you do a partition restore under your usual Windows. Booting on the Recovery Disc, a partition on your hard drive can be overwritten by the restore without problems.

Using BoT in Creator 2011, I backed up my system partition to an image. BoT wrote a set of folders on the destination drive which looked like this:

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The "Backup Set" folder has a time/date stamp in its name, and the SIB file lives in there along with a Duplicate.proj file.


Now, when I went to restore the backup, I found that BoT would not locate it unless that folder set was present and intact. It wouldn't find a .SIB file in differently named folders. It appears to look for \RBackupsets and then looks under there for the .SIB file, and I haven't found a way to point it at a .SIB file outside that structure.

You can safely move/copy the whole folder set to another drive, but I don't know how you can recover if you don't have the files inside the folder set where they are expected to be - e.g. if you've deleted everything except the .SIB file.

If  I selected "Let me choose" for the backup image source, BoT saw my USB pendrive as a "Removable", but would only look at my USB hard drive if I selected "Hard Drive" - I would have thought the USB hard drive was "removeable".

BoT also seemed to have trouble detecting my USB hard drive if it was not pluged in and powered up when I booted the recovery disc.

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Brendon
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#3 Forns

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 02:54 PM

Hi Brendon,

You are too right--I had erroneously labeled my Windows recovery disc as my Roxio BoT one and was able to quickly find the image I needed... that being said, it gave me a strange error that the image was too large for the volume (the exact one that I had backed up, and only 83 / 919GB) and so I had to trash the HP recovery partition in order to make ends meet. After that, I had to repair the start up, but then everything else seemed to be working.

In any event, the restoration is complete and successful, and I'm grateful for your speedy reply. Thanks!

#4 Brendon

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 06:03 PM

Thanks, I'm glad you're 'Back on Track' now [cheesy pun intended] :)

I would have been even quicker, but there was much "backup > restore > change something a little > start again" involved and it was the early hours of the morning before I finished.

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