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May I Ask for Step by Step

Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:31 am

Excuse me Please:

I am finding an extreme amount of difficulty :? in understanding and compiling all the various white papers provided by TeraByte to accomplish the creation of an Automated Restore CD/DVD Disc.
May I ask if another would be so kind as to detail a (taking nothing for granted) Step-by-Step set of instructions on the creation of an automated (and registered) Automated Restore CD/DVD Disc(s) please?

Thank you kindly for the time taken to respond.


Re: May I Ask for Step by Step

Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:40 am

What boot media are you trying to use?

If you burn the backup directly to the disc you can normally boot that and restore, though it may not be as automated as you want.

Some details on your particular restore scenario would also be helpful.

Re: May I Ask for Step by Step

Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:24 pm

boot media will usually be 4.7GB/8.5GB DVDs, or potentially a BRD @25GB.
per the article https://www.terabyteunlimited.com/kb/article.php?id=304 titled: How to Create Automated Restore CD/DVD Discs
is the automation I seek.

i.e back up drive, modify/add tbi-type files, burn to disc, insert disc, boot, experience fully restored system.

just burning a .tbi file to a disc does not automate, nor make said disc bootable.
the various related articles suggest a muti-faceted convoluted process to accomplish this, hence my post seeking assistance.

Thank you again for the assistance.

Re: May I Ask for Step by Step

Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:40 pm

By "burn the backup directly to the disc" I meant using the imaging programs (e.g. backing up with IFW and having it save the image to a DVD). Burning the .tbi file to the disc won't result in a bootable disc.

Personally, I would use TBWinRE or IFL GUI instead of IFD since they tend to be faster (IFD also won't boot using UEFI). When you boot to IFL you can configure the restore disc menu and options (right-click desktop and select the "Configure Restore Disc" option). These get used when you burn the backup directly to disc from IFL. You can also create an IFL boot disc using existing image files using the iflbuild script.

If you use TBWinRE (or TBWinPE) you can configure an IFW command to run automatically on startup to perform the restore. The backup image file(s) for the first disc (if multiple discs) would need to be placed into the build's ISO folder before burning the TBWinRE disc. The image used would need to be split as necessary to fit the media, keeping in mind that the TBWinRE files will use part of the first disc.

Do you have a preference to the boot media type?

If you're just wanting to create normal backups to disc and have them bootable for restore, I would recommend using one of the "direct" methods (saving the backup directly to disc) so you don't have to create custom media every time.

Re: May I Ask for Step by Step

Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:11 am

I am sorry, I am not following...
Am I to understand that once in the IFLv299 environment the UI can be set to save the .tbi file as a Self-bootable Auto-Restore .ISO file instead? :o

and the media is often determined by the final size of the .tbi file.

Re: May I Ask for Step by Step

Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:41 am

When you create the backup and have IFW/IFL/etc. save it directly to optical media (CD/DVD/etc.) it makes the first disc bootable. When you boot it it will start the restore process by default (it will prompt if overwriting). I don't think there is an option to take existing .tbi files and make .iso files out of them. That would most likely be a manual operation. You can, however, take existing .tbi files and burn the disc from them along with setting the restore options you want. You are configuring the booting disc (this is the one that contains the boot media and the first files of the backup if it spans multiple discs). It's generally best all around if the entire backup fits on the disc used.

Also, 2.99 is quite old. It may be missing functionality in this area that exists in the current V3 versions.

Re: May I Ask for Step by Step

Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:05 pm

I know this doesn't answer the original question, so feel free to ignore, but all this seems like unnecessary work and worry to me. How often do you plan to be restoring? Why not just create the backup files, then boot a separate IFL boot media to restore those files without worrying whether or not the media containing the backup files is bootable?
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