Recovering a drive

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Recovering a drive

To remotely recover a data drive, a current recovery point that includes the drive to be recovered, must already exist.

Before proceeding, you may want to inform the user of the client computer to close any applications and files that may be running or open on the drive that you are recovering.

When you recover a remote drive, all of the current data on that drive is replaced by the data that is contained in the recovery point you use for the recovery. This means that if a user makes changes to data on the drive after the date of the recovery point you use for the recovery, such as the creation of a new file, those changes are lost.

To recover a drive

  1. On the Manage page, in the right pane, click the Computers tab, and then select a computer name whose drive you want to recover.

  2. On the Tasks menu, click Recover Drive.

  3. Select a recovery point, and then click Next.

    Use the Date, Recovery Point, and Size columns in the table to refine your choice.

  4. Select the target drive (the drive to recover), and then click Next.

    If there is not enough free space to restore the recovery point, you can press the Shift key, and then select multiple, contiguous destinations that exist on the same hard disk.

  5. If the recovery point is password protected, type the password in the Password text box, and then click OK.

  6. Specify the options that you want the recovery to perform.

    Verify recovery point before restore

    Determines whether a recovery point is valid or corrupt before restoring it. If the recovery point is corrupt, the recovery process is discontinued.

    This option is set by default and significantly increases the time that is required for the recovery to complete. However, it ensures that the recovery point being restored is valid.

    Check for file system errors

    Checks the recovered drive for errors after restoring the recovery point.

    Resize restored drive

    Automatically expands the drive to occupy the destination drive's remaining unallocated space.

    Set drive active (for booting OS)

    Makes the recovered drive the active partition (the drive the client computer boots from). Only one drive can be active at a time. If you recover a secondary drive–a drive other than the one where the Windows operating system is installed–do not check this option.

    Restore original disk signature

    Restores the original disk signature of the hard drive.

    This option is recommended for advanced users.

    Partition type

    Click one of the following options:

    • Primary partition: Restore the recovery point as a primary partition.

    • Logical partition: Restore the recovery point as a logical partition within an extended partition.

    This option is unavailable when you recover a non-system drive.

    Drive letter

    Select a drive letter that you want assigned to the partition.

    This option is unavailable when you recover a non-system drive.

    The actual options that are available are dependent on the target drive you selected earlier.

  7. Click Next to review the recovery options you have selected.

  8. Click Finish > Yes to restore the remote drive.

    If the Wizard cannot lock the remote data drive to perform the recovery under Windows (typically, because the drive is in use by a program), it starts the recovery environment to complete the recovery.

    LightsOut Restore must already be installed on the client computer if you intend to recover a system drive. If LightsOut Restore is not installed on the client computer at the time you restore the system drive, the recovery fails and reports the error back to the Backup Exec System Recovery Manager console.

    When the recovery is finished, the computer is restarted automatically.

    About installing LightsOut Restore on client computers

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