Entire Machine Restore - Instructions

Instructions for performing entire machine restore

Instructions for performing entire machine restore

Restore your computer and OS using the entire machine backup folder created via IDrive desktop application. Entire machine restore uses the backed-up boot files to seamlessly recover the OS to its earlier state, with the same partitions as the original computer. The data can be restored to a different computer, either with similar or dissimilar hardware.


Following are the prerequisites for restoring an entire machine backup to a different computer (with either similar or dissimilar 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 drive with sufficient storage space for performing the restore operation.

To recover your entire machine backup, including the OS, to similar or dissimilar hardware,

  1. Connect the WinRE boot disk ( USB bootable flash drive) to the computer.
  2. Launch the computer from the USB to boot to the Windows Recovery Environment. The 'Entire Machine Restore' wizard will be displayed.
  3. Click . Navigate and select the entire-machine-backup folder, pre-downloaded from your IDrive cloud backup account for restore.
  4. Select the hard drive to which you wish to restore the entire-machine-backup folder.
  5. Click 'Restore Now'.
  6. You will be prompted for confirmation as entire machine restore will overwrite all the existing contents of the target hard drive. Click 'Yes' to proceed.
  7. The progress of the restore will be displayed on the 'Entire Machine Restore' window.
  8. After the restore is completed, select your hard disk in BIOS and boot your computer to get the operating system.


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