Bare metal recovery guide
The Bare Metal Recovery is a specialized tool for restoring the whole operating system with its configuration and software to new hardware. No prior OS installation is necessary.
The technology relies on a custom recovery distribution running from a bootable media. Bare metal recovery is similar to virtual disaster recovery in that they both use Windows File System and System State backups to rebuild a failed Windows system.
The bare metal recovery is a Windows technology. It involves several different computers:
- The source computer – the hardware that has failed or requires replacement for some other reason.
- The host computer – the hardware on which a bootable media is created for bare metal recovery purposes. The host computer can coincide with the source computer.
- The target computer – the hardware that you want to recover the source system to.
If the target computer does not meet the requirements or if you cannot allocate a separate computer for the recovery, please consider the following alternatives:
- Performing virtual disaster recovery. This feature is based on virtual disk creation and does not have any particular hardware requirements.
- Installing the operating system on the target computer manually and then performing standard data recovery (any data sources except for the System State).