2-Step Entire Machine Restore Instructions

Instructions for performing 2-step entire machine restore

Instructions for performing 2-step entire machine restore

Restore your computer and OS using the entire machine backup folder created via IDrive desktop application. 2-Step Entire machine restore recovers your complete machine to a local computer or an external device. This process helps to recover the OS to its earlier state, with the same partitions as the original computer in two steps. The data can be restored to a different computer, either with similar or dissimilar hardware.


Follow the two-step process for entire machine restore:

  • Download the IDMachineBackup folder from the cloud to an external disk. In case you have performed local backup, where the entire machine backup on the local device is encrypted, you need to restore the encrypted IDMachineBackup folder to an external device to decrypt.
  • Use WinRE bootable disk to restore to similar / dissimilar (different computer) 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. Download and double-click the WinRE ISO file to mount it. Copy the entire content to a USB bootable flash drive.
  • The entire-machine-backup folder (IDMachineBackup), downloaded from your IDrive Cloud/Local, Wi-Fi or Express Device to an external drive using the IDrive application.
  • In case you have performed local backup, restore the IDMachineBackup folder to an external drive.
  • A target hard drive with sufficient storage space for performing the restore operation.

Steps 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 '2-step restore.'
  4. Click . Navigate and select the entire machine backup folder (IDMachineBackup), pre-downloaded from your IDrive cloud backup account or local backup for restore.
  5. Select the hard disk to which you wish to restore the entire machine-backup folder.
  6. Click 'Restore Now.'
  7. A popup message will request confirmation as restoring a machine backup will overwrite all existing content of the drive. Click 'Yes' to proceed.

    You can view the progress of the restore on the Entire Machine Restore window. Once the restoration is completed, select your hard disk in BIOS and boot your computer to get the operating system.

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