Restoring Your Entire Computer

The Disaster Recovery restoration option was designed to restore ALL your files. We urge you to use this restoration option with caution. You should only use this restoration option when you have experienced equipment or system failure. For example, if you have just replaced or reformatted your hard drive, you will want to use the Disaster Recovery restoration option to retrieve all of your backup files from the Backup Server to bring your computer back to the state it was at before you needed to replace or reformat your hard drive.

WARNING:  When you invoke the Disaster Recovery restoration option, it will:

  1. Replace all files on your hard drive with the copies residing on the Backup Storage. You will not be prompted when these files are overwritten!

  2. Replace your Windows Registry files with those residing on the Backup Storage. You will not be prompted when any files are overwritten during the Disaster Recovery process.

When the Disaster Recovery process is complete, your computer will be restored to the state matching your last backup.  This is why it is so important to always have at least one backup set that is automatically executed periodically, that captures ALL files on all your local hard drives and includes your Windows Registry.  The All Local Files default backup set is designed to do just this and that is why we recommend that you do not change the contents of the All Local Drives backup set. 

To restore all of your local files:

  1. Run Backup for Workgroups.

  2. On the side bar, press the Restore button to display the Restore panel.

  3. Press the Disaster Recovery button.  A warning message appears, asking you if you really want all of your files replaced with a copy of those last sent to the Backup Server.

  4. If you want to proceed with the restoration process that will replace all the files on your local hard drives with the copies last sent to the Backup Server, press Yes to begin.  Your Backup Client logs into the Backup Server to retrieve a copy of all your files that were last sent to the Backup Storage.  Your files will be restored to the same location in which they resided before your disaster.

    When you select System Files (Registry Files) to restore, you will be presented with a dialog box asking if you are restoring your data to the same computer you used at the time of your last backup or a different computer. If you are restoring your data to the same computer, the device drivers and services from your last backup will be restored.  If you are restoring to a different computer, the device drivers and services currently residing on that new computer will remain unchanged; the device drivers and services from your backup data will not overwrite those residing on the new computer. 

  5. When the restoration process is complete and 100% appears in the progress screen title bar, press Close. 

  6. A new dialog will ask you to reboot your computer.  Rebooting your computer activates the restored copy of your Windows Registry and any files that were in use during the restoration process.  Reboot your computer now to complete the restoration process.