Bare Metal Restore (BMR) is the process of recovering an entire protected system image back onto a newly repaired or replaced device, either physical or virtual.
With bare metal restore, (as the name implies), there is no need to first load an operating system before beginning the recovery. Using the Recovery Wizard, you can simply write the protected system image directly back to the recovered system.
PREREQUISITE: We recommend that you remove existing partitions on the destination disk before performing BMR: [Click to learn more]
Before beginning a bare metal restore, we recommend that you first inspect the destination disk and remove any existing partitions. This will ensure that you have a successful recovery.
STEP 1. After booting the x360Recover BMR ISO, run GParted from the desktop.
STEP 2. Select each disk you intend to overwrite with the recovery from the top right dropdown menu.
NOTE: You must remove any locked partitions (such as LVM groups or swap partitions) because the system will block these locked partitions from being overwritten:
- To delete locked LVM partitions, first select the partition and click Partition -> Deactivate
- To delete locked swap partitions, first select the partition and click Partition -> SwapOff
STEP 3. To remove the chosen partitions, select each partition, one at a time, and click the red-circle-x icon on the toolbar.
Then, after all desired partitions are removed, click the green check icon to save these changes.
STEP 4. Once the selected destination disk(s) have been cleared, open the Recovery Wizard,and proceed with the bare metal restore operationDelete
Ways you can perform bare metal restore with x360Recover:
Our x360Recover Bare Metal Restore Wizard offers several options for performing different types of recovery, depending on where your data is located:
1. Tools for BMR
The Axcient x360Recover Bare Metal Restore utility is a Linux Live CD for performing system recovery, diagnostics, troubleshooting, and general digital forensics. The utility supports (a) legacy MBR (Master Boot Record) and (b) modern UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) system architecture and contains:
- A wizard helps you recover protected systems from an x360Recover appliance or vault, directly back onto your replacement hardware. Protected systems may be recovered onto either physical or virtual machine hardware.
- A d river Injector utility helps inject critical device drivers into an offline Windows operating system to allow it to boot properly after it has been recovered to dissimilar hardware.
Also included in the x360Recover Bare Metal Restore utility are tools for disk partition recovery and editing, file system repair, antivirus scanning, offline Windows registry editing, and disk cloning/imaging.Delete
2. Minimum requirements for BMR
When performing a bare metal restore using local cache, be aware that there are additional memory requirements. Local cache requires approximately1GB of RAM for every 4TB of local cache (total size). This is in addition to the core 2GB (approximate) required by the Live CD environment.Delete
3. Limitations of BMR
2. The x360Recover Bare Metal Restore wizard operates from a Linux Live CD environment. If your system hardware is not supported by Linux, your system may not be recoverable using our bare metal restore tools.Delete
Perform common/shared steps in BMR
Common steps in BMR
It’s now possible to perform a bare metal recovery to a target drive that is physically smaller than the original protected system drive. NOTE: There must be enough space on the target drive for the actual data IN-USE on the system to fit.
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Advanced BMR topics
You may have questions about how to work with boot error messages, how to best use our SmartRecovery features or the steps needed to recover Microsoft dynamic disks natively.
The following tabs will provide additional details on these issues. Please open a Support ticket if you need further help.
Resolve boot issues
For issues with ‘Missing Bootloader’ type error messages, see How to fix BOOTLDR is Missing Errors
For issues with ‘No operating system Found’ type messages see Recreate Windows Boot Manager RecordsDelete
When recovering from appliances: Smart Recovery is an option when recovering from an appliance. Leave the default (selected) value in place.
Virtual disks exported from the appliance currently do not support Smart Recovery. You cannot use virtual disks exported from the appliance to recover dynamic disks
Smart Recovery is automatically selected when recovering from D2C local cache.
|Virtual disks exported from Recovery Center automatically use Smart Recovery. If you wish to use virtual disk exports for bare metal recovery of dynamic disks, use Recovery Center to generate the disk image exports|
- RAID, striped, and spanned disks must be recovered as dynamic disks using Smart Recovery.
- Simple mirror disks can be recovered as standard disks (with Smart Recovery disabled) and then mirrored again within Windows. (This would let you recover only 1 of the 2 disks, in order to save time, for example.)
Windows will generally recognize your dynamic disks as ‘foreign’ disks belonging to another system. After booting into Windows:
1. Open Disk Manager
2. Locate the disk labeled as foreign
3. Right-click that disk
4. Reactivate each disk. Once they are re-activated, the volumes will resync.
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