HOW TO: Create Backup Images of Whole Disk Encrypted Drives or files
|Article:HOWTO41997|||||Created: 2006-12-18|||||Updated: 2013-01-23|||||Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO41997|
This article covers tested techniques and suggestions for creating backup images of Whole Disk Encrypted Drives or Files.
HOW TO: Create backup images of Whole Disk Encrypted Drives or Files
When attempting to image your Whole Disk Encrypted hard drive or files. PGP corp has three suggested options.
- Option 1: Image the hard drive before running WDE.
- Option 2: Image the drive using software that runs through a Windows interface.
- Option 3: Image drive through boot disk.
|Backup Software Tested:
Option 1: Image the hard drive before running WDE.
Image the hard drive before running WDE, or (if the drive is already encrypted) Decrypt the drive, image the drive and re-encrypt the drive.
|Note: This will produce a bootable image that is not encrypted.|
- Acronis 9: Works Successfully
- Acronis 7: Works Successfully
- Ghost 2003, 10 - 15: Works Successfully
- Backup Exec System Recovery \ Symantec System Recovery
Option 2: Image the drive using software that runs through a Windows interface.
Image the drive using software that runs through a Windows interface. Eg. Symantec Ghost 10, Acronis True Image Workstation 9, etc.
- Acronis 9: The image creation process will fail when attempting to image the entire drive. Acronis is able to image and restore all of the files on a drive. The files will be imaged but not encrypted, if used on a boot disk, you will be able to restore the files, but unable to boot from the image.
- Acronis 7: Same results as Acronis 9 when run through the Windows interface.
- Ghost 2003 - current, Backup Exec System Recovery, Symantec System Recovery: While it is possible to create a backup of an encrypted drive, restoring that image file may not be supported at this time. For more information, please refer to: www.symantec.com/business/support/index
Option 3: Image drive through boot disk.
Image drive through boot disk. With this option, the system boots into the backup software running from a cd or floppy, rather than booting into Windows.
|Note: To enable this option, your bios settings must be set to boot from a floppy or cd drive before the hard drive.|
- Acronis 9: Works Successfully
- Acronis 7: Acronis is able to store a drive image on a separate hard drive or removable media (cd/dvd) and restore image successfully. Drive image is encrypted.
- Ghost 10: Doesn't work
- Ghost 12, 14, 15 Symantec System Recovery, Backup Exec System Recovery: Drive image operation appears to complete successfully, but after restoring image, gives error "Can't start operating system". For more information, please refer to: www.symantec.com/business/support/index
- If files on a Whole Disk Encrypted disk need to be backed up, Acronis True Image Workstation 9 or Symantec Ghost 10 can be run from within Windows to create a backup image that is not encrypted.
- To create a bootable disk image that is encrypted, run Acronis True Image 7 from a boot disk to image and restore the WDE drive
Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO41997