How to restore system image backup

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  1. Posts : 59
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    How to restore system image backup


    Hi guys, i made a system image backup of the window 10 running on my toshiba laptop via control panel on a external harddrive. And i am trying to restore it by going to window recovery, then system image recovery in advanced options. But the problem i am facing it that when i get the restore option and i click next then i get ( To restore this computer, windows need to format the drive that the windows recovery environment is currently running on, bla bla bla) and it asks me to create a disk. So can someone please tell me how can i fix this issue. Thanks
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  2. Posts : 11,362
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1706
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    Ryan,

    Whilst I can find the tutorial for making a system image [Create a System Image], I cannot find one about restoring it at the moment so here are my own notes on the procedure - [I never see the message windows need to format the drive... so I am not sure where you are when you see that]

    [Added later - There is an illustrated guide to restoring a system image in Restore Image on Computer - EightForums. The procedure seems to be the same and the illustrations should be helpful.]

    1 Go to


    • Settings,
    • Update & security,
    • Recovery,
    • Under the Advanced startup heading, click on the button for Restart now.



    2 This will take you into the onboard Windows recovery environment [WRE], a menu-driven environment -

    • Troubleshoot,
    • Advanced options,
    • System image recover.


    3 You will be rebooted into the System image recovery procedure -


    • Log into an Admin account,
    • Connect the drive containing the image,
    • Accept the latest image identified by the system or Select a image,
    • The rest is entirely menu driven.
    • [Whilst there are some options that can be chosen, the defaults are normally off for all these and should be accepted.]



    There are variations of this procedure such as starting the restoration from an installation disk, system repair disk or System recovery drive [see page 2 of this thread].

    Denis
    Last edited by Try3; 30 Jan 2018 at 08:11.
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  3. Posts : 59
    Window 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thanks for the reply mate and i am doing exactly the same as you have mentioned. But in the 3rd stage when i accept the latest image( which shows there) and click next then i get that message on the next page about formatting the drive. Just a head up, the external harddrive i am using to restore system image also have another data like movies, softwares, music, etc in it, so do you think it only needs to contain system image for it to work?
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  4. Posts : 11,362
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1706
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    Ryan,

    I also keep other files on the drive containing my images so that does not cause the problem you describe.

    Does your system image contain all the partitions that were on the original system drive such as, if they existed, System reserved partition? In other words, was the image made in the normal manner [described in the tutorial I linked to before?]. I do not understand why you are getting that message.

    I think you'll have to wait for everybody else to wake up on Monday in the hope that one of the others understands your situation and posts advice.

    Best of luck,
    Denis
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  5. Posts : 59
    Window 10
    Thread Starter
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    Yes, the system image was created exactly same as the described in the link you shared. And you are right about others to see this thread and then maybe someone will be able to help me out. Cheers
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  6. Posts : 11,362
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1706
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    Ryan,

    Best of luck then.

    By the way, at some stage in the future you will need to start using a third-party facility for making system images but you would still be able to restore your current images using your current version of an installation disk, System repair disk or Recovery drive.

    Windows is going to drop its own facilities for making & restoring system images at some stage but there is no published schedule for this.

    Many people in this forum recommend the free version of Macrium Reflect for the job. See Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect - TenForums.

    I use free versions of Acronis True Image instead [they allow free versions for computers with Western Design, Samsung, Seagate hard drives - one of which must always be in or connected to the computer for the application to run]. Several Macrium Reflect users have said that it is better than Acronis but I have never got around to switching.

    You cannot mix n match - you must use
    • Windows' own system images & Windows' own image restoration procedure,
    • or Macrium's images & restoration, or
    • Acronis' images & restoration.

    You cannot restore a Macrium image using Acronis etc.

    Denis
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  7. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 Pro version 1709
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    Easeus TODO BACKUP HOME free version seems to do a good job of backing up System Partition. I haven't tried restoring yet so I don't know good of a job it will be doing that.

    Acronis, which I also have, is able to convert Windows System Image into a file that Acronis will be able to use to restore back. I need to check to see if Acronis still has that feature in the current version. I did try a System Image restore from Acronis, but the restore wasn't very accurate. But that was when I first installed Acronis about 5-6 years ago.

    Yes, the Windows 10 version 1709 has a bug that prevents you from restoring the System Image created by the same version. I needed to use a Windows 10 Installation disk copied on another internal Hard drive to get my System Image to restore successfully. Restoring using the Windows 10 on C: drive failed twice in a row. That has never happened to me before until now.
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  8. Posts : 11,362
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1706
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    Acronis can only work with its own format system images or with Windows 7 system images [which are based on vhd files]. It cannot work with Windows 10 system images [which are based on vhdx files].

    When I last spoke with Acronis [about three months ago], they said they had no plans to introduce vhdx file capabilities.

    Denis
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  9. Posts : 11,362
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1706
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    elstaci said:
    Yes, the Windows 10 version 1709 has a bug that prevents you from restoring the System Image created by the same version. I needed to use a Windows 10 Installation disk copied on another internal Hard drive to get my System Image to restore successfully. Restoring using the Windows 10 on C: drive failed twice in a row. That has never happened to me before until now.
    Are you saying that you experienced the same fault symptom as Ryan? If that was the case I would try to help him by writing up my scribbled notes about restoring images using installation disks, System repair disks & recovery drives.

    Denis
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  10. Posts : 11,362
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1706
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    Ryan,

    Have you tried restoring the system image using an installation disk, System repair disk or recovery drive?

    Do you have an installation disk, System repair disk or recovery drive?

    Denis
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