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Entire Machine Backup

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What is entire machine backup?
How do I perform entire machine backup?
How do I perform entire machine backup to an Express device?
What is the minimum space required for creating a shadow copy of a volume?
How do I restore entire machine backup on a different computer (dissimilar or similar hardware)?
How do I create a bootable USB flash drive to restore entire machine backup?
Is BitLocker drive and EFS backed up during entire machine backup?
What files are excluded from machine backup?
Does entire machine backup support dynamic disk?

What is entire machine backup?

Entire machine backup is the complete backup of a computer — including the operating system, system files, programs, and boot files — enabling entire machine restore during disasters. In case of an operating system crash, you simply need to run the bootable recovery and select the target hard disk for restore. This will create a partition similar to the partitions of the original computer and restore the OS to its earlier state.

Entire machine backup enables seamless OS restore by backing up both the system and the boot file. Backup to the cloud is direct and does not require any additional storage for a local copy.


 

How do I perform entire machine backup?

To perform entire machine backup,

  1. Launch the IDrive desktop application.
  2. Sign in with your IDrive username and password. If your account is configured with private encryption, provide the private key.
  3. Click 'Entire Machine Backup'. The 'Entire Machine Backup' screen appears.
  4. Based on the desired target location, select 'Cloud Backup' or 'Local Backup'. In the case of local backup, choose a target drive for backup.
    Note: Cloud backup is direct and does not create a local backup copy.
  5. Click 'Schedule Now'. The Scheduler screen appears.
  6. Create a schedule for performing regular entire machine backup and click 'Save Changes'.
 

How do I perform entire machine backup to an Express device?

To perform entire machine backup to an Express device,

  1. Go to the 'Backup' tab and select 'Backup files to Local, Wi-Fi or Express device'.
  2. Click and select the Express device.
  3. Click 'Entire Machine Backup'. The 'Entire Machine Backup' screen appears.
  4. Select 'Local Backup'.
  5. Click 'Schedule Now'.
  6. Create a schedule for performing regular entire machine backup and click 'Save Changes'.

Note: Network map drives are not supported for entire machine backup.

 

What is the minimum space required for creating a shadow copy of a volume?

IDrive uses the VSS service to capture point-in-time data of the system. It requires a minimum space of 1 GB per volume for shadow copy creation.

 

How do I restore entire machine backup on a different computer (dissimilar or similar hardware)?

You can download the entire machine backup folder of the computer from the cloud and restore it to a similar/dissimilar hardware using WinRE bootable disk.

Following are the prerequisites for restoring entire machine backup on a different computer (dissimilar or similar hardware):


  • A USB bootable flash drive to boot your computer. You can download and double-click the WinRE ISO file to mount it. Copy the entire contents on to a USB bootable flash drive.
  • The entire-machine-backup folder (IDMachineBackup), downloaded from your IDrive cloud account to an external drive using the IDrive Desktop application.
  • A target hard disk with sufficient space for performing the restore operation.

To recover your operating system drive to a similar or dissimilar hardware,

  1. Connect your USB drive (WinRE boot disk) and start the computer from USB to boot to Windows Recovery Environment. The 'Entire machine Restore' wizard opens.
  2. Click and select the machine backup folder downloaded from your online account for restore.
  3. Select the target hard disk for restoring the machine backup.
  4. Click 'Restore Now'.
  5. A pop-up message will request confirmation as restoring a machine backup will overwrite all existing content of the drive. Click 'Yes' to proceed.
  6. You can view the progress of the restore on the 'Entire machine Restore' window.
  7. After the restore, select your hard disk in BIOS and boot your computer to get the operating system.
 

How do I create a bootable USB flash drive to restore entire machine backup?

To create a bootable USB flash drive,

  1. Plug a USB flash drive into a running computer.
  2. Run the 'Command Prompt' window as an administrator.
  3. Use the following command to view the list of disks :
    DISKPART > list disk
  4. Use the command given below to select a drive:
    DISKPART > select disk X
    Here 'X' is the drive number or drive letter of the USB flash drive.
  5. Use the command given below to delete all the data from the USB flash drive:
    DISKPART > clean
  6. Enter the command given below to create the required partition.
    DISKPART > create partition primary
  7. Use the command given below to select the required partition:
    DISKPART > select partition 1
  8. Use the commands given below to restore MBR machine backup partition (legacy):
    DISKPART > format fs=ntfs quick
    DISKPART > active
  9. Use the commands given below to restore GPT machine backup partition (UEFI):
    DISKPART > format fs=fat32 quick
    DISKPART > active
 

Is BitLocker drive and EFS backed up during entire machine backup?

No, entire machine backup does not backup BitLocker drive and EFS (Encrypted file system).

 

What files are excluded from entire machine backup?

Pagefile.sys, hiberfil.sys, and symbolic link files to different volumes are not considered for entire machine backup.

 

Does entire machine backup support dynamic disk?

Yes, entire machine backup supports dynamic disks with simple volumes.

 

* Entire Machine Backup is available only for IDrive Windows application version 6.7.3.16 or below.

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