You’re going along happily until one day your machine dies. It turns out to be the hard drive, and everything
on it has been lost. Not to worry – you’ve been backing up regularly!
In this video, part of our backing up series, we’ll walk through restoring your entire machine from one of your backups.
Hello everyone. This is Leo Notenboom for askleo.net.
So you’re going along and you wake up one morning, you reboot your machine and…nothing.
Turns out your hard disc has died. Either you replace your machine or you replace your hard disc. But now the question is, how do your restore what you’ve been backing up?
Remember that so far in our backup series…
Now comes the ultimate test.
We’re going to use that bootable rescue media we created in step two to restore our entire machine.
When you boot from that media, you actually are given the choice to try and boot from whatever’s on your hard drive right now which, in this case, of course, would be nothing, or to fire up Acronis TrueImage.
Acronis may take a couple of minutes to load but, once you do, you should find a very familiar interface because, in fact, the stand alone version of Acronis is Acronis.
So, in order to restore, we’ll go over to backup and restore, manage and restore.
In this case now, we need to browse for backups.
Here’s our external drive that contains our backups.
We will pick one of the backup files. Typically you’ll pick the most recent file to restore from.
And, once again, pick that same file in Acronis’s list. And, right clicking, we’ll restore.
We’re going to restore the whole disc and partitions.
We need to choose a location on our empty hard drive on where this data should be placed.
Now in this particular case, since I actually have only one location it could potentially go to, the choice is actually very simple.
After a few seconds of identifying what the possible locations on your machine are, you’ll now get to choose, in this case, the unallocated space on the 32 gigabyte drive I’ve been using in my example.
We’ll accept that as the location, the partition type is the primary. Partition size, hit next.
The master boot record needs to also go on that same 32 gigabyte hard drive.
There are no options that I’m going to choose here.
The summary screen and we proceed.
And off we go.
As you might imagine the restoration process can take some time depending on the size of the image that you are trying to restore.
I’m going to, through the magic of some video editing, make that time disappear.
And that’s it.
Now, in about 90 percent of the cases, you’re done.
You can remove your boot media, your restoration media, and reboot your machine and you will actually reboot into an image of, or into the operating system you had it as of the day that you took that backup.
You’ve simply copied everything back from your backup image.
Now, those other 10 percent, occasionally there are a couple of issues and we’ll look at that in another video.