Support queries shared: The pitfalls of bare metal backups that include multiple disks

I came across an issue on a support call the other day I thought worth sharing as it’s bound to be something a few of you will see too.

The customer I was talking to was using the Windows imaging engine in BackupAssist to back up both their system drive ‘C:’ and a large data drive ‘D:’ (used for every day document storage etc.).

This was working just as expected and backups were updating quickly to a local USB hard drive when the inevitable happened – they had a local hard drive failure and of course wanted to perform a bare metal recovery from the last good image backup.

Did you know BackupAssist image backups can be recovered direct to a virtual machine?

We were recently asked if you could recover a Windows Image Backup of a 2008 R2 server taken with BackupAssist directly to a newly created Hyper-V Virtual Machine.  This was something that should work in theory as part of the ‘recover to dissimilar hardware’ function of Windows image backups, but there are a few considerations that have to be met for a clean restore process.

So here is the best way we have found to achieve this.

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