Disaster recovery restore with Archive IQ

Of course you have all of your valuable data safely backed up just in case the inevitable happens, that’s just good practice. When disaster does indeed strike you are faced with having to restore this vital data and get things back up and running asap. You can try booting your dead-in-the-water system with a handy BartPE CD and then run the (Archive IQ) \\\AIQRemote$\aiqRemote.exe utility.

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In my experience my system was back up and running in about 30 minutes. Restore times obviously depend on how much data is being restored. Here is the syntax I used to do a bare-metal restore:

\\\AIQRemote$\aiqRemote.exe restore volume -store -device \\\ -archive -path

Since my system drive was wiped I did not need to issue the -replace parameter, which gives you more options such as overwriting missing, charged, older or issue a force replace upon restore. There is also a type parameter for full, standard or quick restore types.

Hopefully it is as simple as that! If not you are faced with reinstalling the OS, NIC drivers and then utilize the Archive IQ utility to fully restore your data. (Whichever route you take be absolutely certain you are restoring this data to the exact piece of hardware that you backed it up from. Failure to do so will provide you with that lovely blue screen we refer to as the BSOD.)

Sometimes this process just wants to be difficult so If you have any boot errors on the machine you are restoring data on it’s possible you may have a different number of partitions on the disk so try editing the boot.ini file and simply change it to match the partitions number you restored to. If this does not alleviate the issue with booting into the OS insert your Windows installation disk and click your way through to the option to select ‘R’ for the recovery console. Once in the console and logged into a Windows installation, type in fixboot. This procedure will write a new boot sector on the system partition. Still not working properly? Well if everything to this point has failed you it is time to return to the console and attempt the ’fixmbr’ command. The fixmbr command is a recovery console command that writes a new master boot record to the hard disk drive that you specify.

Fixmbr Command Syntax: fixmbr (device_name)

Device name = This is where you designate the exact drive location that a master boot record will be written to. If no device is specified, the master boot record will be written to the primary boot drive.
A fixmbr command example would be: fixmbr \Device\HardDisk0

In the above example, the master boot record is written to the drive located at \Device\HardDisk0.

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