One of the ways in which you can use InstantData is to do a Bare Metal Recovery (BMR) directly to new physical hardware.
Note: InstantData BMR is best suited to restoring to a physical machine that is similar to that on which the backup was run. If, as a fallback, you are restoring to different physical hardware, we recommend building a fresh machine and restoring the system state instead.
For an InstantData BMR, you will need:
- A target machine that is physically connected to the internet
- The InstantData BMR application
- An external storage device
- A Windows boot device (e.g. CD or USB drive)
1. In the Storage Platform Console, right-click the relevant account name and go to InstantData > Share.
2. Click on Bare Metal Recovery.
3. Download and run the BMR application file (IDBMR.exe).
4. Go to C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Redstor Backup Pro, locate the InstantDataBMR application folder and copy it to the external device.
5. Connect this device to the target machine and run the InstantDataBMR.exe application.
6. Use the Windows boot device to boot into the new machine.
7. Open the Windows command prompt.
wpeinit to initialise networking.
9. Execute the BMR application from the external device using command-line arguments (run BMR with
-help for help).
Under certain conditions (e.g. in VMware), the disk presented to a machine may not be seen as empty of data when attempting an InstantData BMR. The error "Specified physical disk is not empty!" will be presented.
To resolve this, use DiskPart to zero the disk, as follows:
1. From the command line, run
2. At the
diskpart prompt, use
list disk to list the attached disks.
3. Note which disk(s) are your restore targets. Here, Disk 1 is the USB key from which the restore is being run and so should not be modified.
4. Select the disk to be cleaned using
select disk and the number, e.g.
6. Once this has completed, do the same for any other disks required for the restore.
exit to quit DiskPart.
restore command can then be run as normal.
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