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Physical Imaging Rapid Restoring via Bare Metal Recovery

In the event you want to restore a machine backed up with an Image backup set, you can use the Bare Metal Recovery (BMR) method to restore that Image backup to a physical machine.  This method can be used to image machines whose operating systems have become corrupted or to restore a machine to a completely different computer.  This article will outline the process for performing a BMR.



Before you attempt a BMR, make sure you have:

  1. The BMR Recovery Media (instructions for creating that are here)

  2. A computer which has hard drive space equal to or greater than the original machine and an internet connection.  For example if the original machine had 100GB of space with 57GB used, the machine you BMR must have at least 100GB of hard drive space.

Once you meet these requirements, you can proceed with performing a BMR.



  1. Insert the CD or attach the USB drive containing the BMR Recovery Media.

  2. Reboot the machine to boot from the BMR Recovery Media.  You should see the following window when you have booted from the Recovery Media.  Click on Start Recovery Wizard to proceed with the BMR.


  3. At this point, enter a username and password for the computer account you want to restore from.

    The username you need is the client account username and the password is the password for the computer account you want to restore (usually it is the same as the client account password).  When you have entered an acceptable username and password combination, select the computer account you want to restore.

    After that, click Login to continue.

  4. Before the next page loads, the recovery wizard will download the catalog belonging to the computer account you specified and load it.  When that is done, select the volumes you want to restore as well as the date from which you want to restore.  Click Next to continue. 


  5. Most likely, you will be prompted to fix the storage location of the Image backups. 

    Click on Browse to open up a window which will allow you to specify the correct path to the Local Storage folder.  In the example below, the Local Storage folder was on a network share which was added by using the Path: field at the bottom.

    After you have guided the recovery wizard to the right path, hit OK and then Next.

  6. At this step, choosebmr6.png either to have the Recovery Wizard automatically provision the restored volumes or manually create partitions to restore to.  Then, click on Start Recovery to begin the BMR.  The recovery wizard will begin copying data from the Image backup to the target machine.


  7. After the BMR process is complete, the recovery wizard will let you know the drives have finished copying over.  At that time, it is safe to reboot normally to see if the operating system will boot.  If not, you may need to run the BMR Recovery Media again and use the Add Drivers to Recovered Machine option to add any missing drivers.

    Note:  After the restored machine is rebooted, you will need to reinstall the Backup Agent.

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