Image for Linux – Restoring a Full Backup

This tutorial walks you through restoring a backup when the backup file resides on an external hard drive connected to your computer through a USB port. The tutorial uses the options most people select when restoring a backup. You can restore from other types of devices and use other options; please see the Image for Linux manual for complete details.

You can restore a backup to the same drive you used when you made the backup or to a different drive altogether. When you restore a backup, Image for Linux completely overwrites the target drive—the one receiving the backup—and replaces its contents with the information stored in the backup image. The image you use when restoring cannot reside on the target drive. In addition, the target drive must be large enough to accommodate the data from the backup image you are restoring.

To select menu items in Image for Linux, use the arrow keys to select the desired option and then press Enter to display the next screen. You can press the Esc key to undo menu selections and move back to the previous menu. Even if you press the Esc key, Image for Linux remembers the selections you have already made throughout the Image for Linux session.

  1.  Attach the external hard drive containing the backup image you intend to restore to a USB port on your computer.

  2.  Insert your Image for Linux boot disk into the appropriate drive and boot your computer. If your computer contains more than one CD/DVD drive, please make sure that you insert your Image for Linux bootable disc in one drive and no other CD/DVD drive contains a bootable disc. After a series of on-screen lines of code, the Welcome to Image for Linux screen appears. Press Enter.

    To boot your computer using this boot disk, you might need to edit your computer’s BIOS settings to reorder your drives and permit your CD/DVD drive to boot your computer before your C: drive boots your computer. As your computer begins to boot, you should see a message—before you ever get to Windows or your operating system—that tells you what key to press to enter Setup—typically the Delete key, F2, or F12. Once in the BIOS, follow the instructions provided in your BIOS to reorder the boot sequence and permit your CD/DVD drive to be examined for boot information before your hard drive. If your system starts by offering you the option to select a boot menu, you can use the boot menu to identify the drive you want to use to boot.

    Note: If your computer tries to boot from the external hard drive, remove the drive, reboot your computer.

  3.  On the Image for Linux Main Menu/Select Operation screen shown below, Select Restore and press Enter.

    Note: If your external hard drive isn’t attached, attach it, wait about 10 seconds, and then select Detect Device Changes. Then, select Restore and press Enter.

  4. On the Restore/Select screen that appears, select Restore (Normal) and press Enter. If you made the backup you intend to restore using Image for Linux, you can select Restore (Automatic), and you won't need to perform Steps 11, 12 or 14.

  5.  On the Restore From/Select File Access Method screen shown below, select File (Direct) and press Enter.

  6.  On the Restore From/Select Drive Interface screen shown below, select Linux Drive and press Enter.

  7.  On the Restore From/Select File Drive screen shown below, select the hard drive that contains the backup you want to restore and press Enter. In this example, you would select your external hard drive.

  8.  On the Restore From/Select File Location on HDn screen shown below, select a partition on the hard drive and then press Enter.

  9.  On the Restore From screen shown below, press Tab to navigate to the list of available backups and then use the arrow keys to highlight the backup file you want to restore. Press Enter to select the backup file.

  10.  On the Restore From/Select Item to Process screen shown below, highlight the drive, press the Spacebar and then press Enter.

  11.  On the Restore To/Select Drive Interface screen shown below, select Linux Drive and press Enter.

  12.  On the Restore To/Select Target Drive screen shown below, select the hard drive onto which you want to restore the image you selected in Step 9 and press Enter.

  13. Image for Linux displays a warning that explains that the information on the drive you selected in Step 13 will be lost. Select Yes and press Enter.

  14. On the Restore Options screen shown below, press Enter to accept the default options. For an explanation of each option on this screen, see the Image for Linux manual.

  15. Select Next and press Enter to display the screen below, which summarizes the parameters of the restore operation you're about to perform.

  16. Select Start and press Enter. The restore process begins and a progress bar appears on-screen. A message appears when Image for Linux finishes, informing you that the Restore operation completed successfully.

  17.  Press Enter to redisplay the main menu for Image for Linux shown below.

  18.  Select Exit to display the screen shown below.

  19.  Remove the Image for Linux boot disk, highlight Reboot or Power Down the System and press Enter. On the menu that appears, you can choose between rebooting and powering down the computer.