Restore files after a disaster
These instructions will help you to recover your system after a disaster. Some steps should be taken only in the event of serious trouble like a disastrous data loss due a physical hardware failure. To restore your system to working order, you should:
Make sure the following items are available when needed for disaster recovery.
- All CD/DVD/tapes with backup archives.
- A CD-R disc and a printout of instructions created from the Disaster Recovery CD image you prepared (optional, but recommended).
- Files with repair information.
Find the CD-ROM included with your computer or the emergency recovery disk. Restart the computer and start it from recovery disk or CD. When your system has started from this disk or CD, run CheckDisk or other disk repair utility to examine your hard disk for problems.
If you were able to repair all problems on the hard disk and no low-level problems were found, skip the next step.
If your hard disk still has problems but some files were repaired and you can access them, now is the best time to make a complete (full) backup of these repaired files. Do not encrypt backup archives. Make 2 separate full backups of all repaired files to be sure you have a redundant backup of your repaired files. Use "Repair Wizard" to save files with repair information on a removable disk.
If you could not completely repair the existing system with disk utilities or the hard disk still isn't accessible, you probably need to repartition and reformat it to prepare for restoration.
If you have a Disaster Recovery CD, you can restore your hard disk fast and easy. Insert your Disaster Recovery CD and reboot. If your computer will not start from the CD, you may need to change the boot order settings of your computer's BIOS. (Refer to the computer's documentation to change its BIOS settings to allow it to boot from the CD drive.)
The CD automatically starts the EaseBackup Recovery Console. The console guides you through all steps to restore your system. Use the instructions to restore your hard disk (see the printout). If you were able to restore your hard disk with the Disaster Recovery CD, go to step 5 below.
If you do not have a Disaster Recovery CD, you have to install Windows on a new hard drive. You should re-create all disk volumes as they were before. These operations will destroy all data on the disk! Be absolutely certain that this is what you want to do! When Windows is installed, restart the computer and install EaseBackup. Use your registration key to register EaseBackup.
WARNING: Formatting a hard disk destroys all data stored on the disk. If you are not sure, do not format the disk.
To restore your files you need to repair your Backup Sets and encryption keys. Repair files contain this information. Open the Disaster Recovery Wizard (File menu) and select "I want to restore my configuration and encryption key" option and press the Next button.
Select the storage with repair files. It can be any disk or FTP Server. Press the Next button to proceed. If you restore your repair files from a disk, EaseBackup will ask you to choose drives with repair files. You must select one of the .rep files to restore.
You will see the following dialog. Make sure all items are checked.
Press the Finish button to restore the selected items. When the restore is finished, the Repair Wizard will close and you should see:
Item name How to check What to do if you can't find the item 1. Backup Sets The tree of Backup Sets should show all of your Backup Sets. If you don't see all or any of your Backup Sets, you should re-create them manually. It is important to specify the same Backup Set description and destination. 2. Encryption keys Open the Settings dialog and select the Encryption keys page. You should see all of the necessary encryption keys. If you don't see all or any of your encryption keys, try to restore another file wih repair information. If you still cannot get your encryption keys back, contact support. You will not be able to restore encrypted backup archives without encryption keys!
To restore your files, you must have a tree of all backed up files. To do that, select a Backup Set and activate its Restore panel. Press Rebuild the tree button and follow the instructions.
You are now ready to start the restore of your files:
- Your hard disk and Windows operating system are working again.
- EaseBackup is working.
- You see all your Backup Sets and backed up files at the "Restore" panel.
- You see all your encryption keys in the "Settings" dialog.
Select a Backup Set with files you want to restore. To restore your files, click the Restore tab. The Restore panel contains a tree of all backed up files for the selected Backup Set (see image below).
Select the files you want to restore (click on a checkmark next to a file or a folder).
If you want to restore specific files, and you can't find them, click the Find... command at the top of the panel.
When all necessary files are selected, press the Restore button to start the restore process. A Restore Wizard will display. Walk through it without changing anything to restore the selected files to their original location.
After EaseBackup has finished the restore process, exit EaseBackup and restart the computer.
Your system is now ready to use.