How to restore one disk drive. RRS feed

  • Question

  • It is not clear to me how to restore the data from one of my failed drives.  Here is the situation:


    My "E:" drive failed completely.  I removed the drive and replaced it with a slightly larger drive.  That drive is formatted and assigned to the drive letter "E:" as it was before.


    Now I go into OneCare restore and I don't see any way to tell it to restore just drive "E:".  I have tried using what I though be be reasonable patterns like:  "E:*", "E:\*.*", and "E:\*" but no avail.  It says no files selected.


    So then I thought OK let's just tell it to restore all the files that are missing.  Figuring that all the files on the "E" drive are missing so that should work. 


    Well OneCare says it will restore some 9GB of files to my "C" drive and not a mention of the "E" drive.  What gives?


    There were some pretty big video files that my Media Center recorded for me so this completely seems wrong.


    Please help.  There must be an easy way to get those files back.


    Thanks in advance for your help.


    Saturday, May 17, 2008 10:23 PM


All replies

  • See this guide to restoring files from One care backups - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/944171/en-us

    Also see this list of file types supported by One Care backup - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/943776/en-us

    Saturday, May 17, 2008 11:27 PM
  • The solution for your restore, assuming E: is an internal drive (External disks are not backed up by OneCare), is to do a custom restore, selecting the specific files you wish to restore. The selection will not be as easy as it should be, since the dialog that displays the files for the restore is not a normal Windows Explorer Window with tree view, but a table of files and locations. You can search for the files to be restored, too.



    Monday, May 19, 2008 3:19 PM