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Restore client HD attached directly to server

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  • I have heard that you can restore a client hard drive by directly attaching the drive to the server, via USB or ESATA. I have not been able to find the client restore wizard or comand that will allow me to start the restore process when I RDP into the server.

    Any help that would direct me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.

    Current setup;

    HP MSS 495

    IcyDock External HD dock connected via ESATA

    Drive needing restoration in the IcyDock.

     

     


    Bill Wilson
    Friday, November 04, 2011 8:06 PM

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  • I have heard that you can restore a client hard drive by directly attaching the drive to the server, via USB or ESATA. I have not been able to find the client restore wizard or comand that will allow me to start the restore process when I RDP into the server.

    You have heard incorrectly. It's not possible to restore a client backup to a hard drive connected to the server.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Saturday, November 05, 2011 3:19 AM
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  • Assuming you are talking about WHS 2011, you can do it from a Client computer rather than the Server. From the server, open the following folder  and copy either the X64 or X86 folder to your Client:

    C:\Program Files\Windows Server\Bin\ClientRestore\1FAE75EB-B11A-4883-BCEE-9AC1C6D95216\

    You can then run ClientRestoreWizard.exe on your Client and restore to an attached disk.

    If you are running WHS1, the ClientRestoreWizard.exe file is already on any client which has the Connector software installed - I just can't remember the exact location (do a local search for that file).

     


    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.

    Friday, November 04, 2011 8:17 PM
  • Sorry that I forgot to mention, running WHS V1 not 2011.
    Bill Wilson
    Friday, November 04, 2011 8:29 PM
  • Sorry that I forgot to mention, running WHS V1 not 2011.
    Bill Wilson

    The answer is still above.
    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.
    Friday, November 04, 2011 8:30 PM
  • I have heard that you can restore a client hard drive by directly attaching the drive to the server, via USB or ESATA. I have not been able to find the client restore wizard or comand that will allow me to start the restore process when I RDP into the server.

    You have heard incorrectly. It's not possible to restore a client backup to a hard drive connected to the server.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Saturday, November 05, 2011 3:19 AM
    Moderator
  • so whats the story then: do we have 2 experts that dont agree, or one that has misunderstood the question?
    Tuesday, June 12, 2012 3:19 AM
  • You need to read both of our answers again!

    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012 6:56 PM
  • With an HP LX195 (WHS v1), it possible and pretty easy to restore to a directly-attached USB drive.

    After literally weeks of fighting with a restore over the network that kept estimating 5-7 days but failing after maybe 4 days, I took the drive out of the PC, used a USB gadget to attach it to the WHS box, ran the restore wizard, and had the full drive restored in 29 minutes! I expected that I would need to run a startup repair after putting the disk back in the PC, but it booted right up without any further repairs.

    The restore wizard on the server is at C:\Program Files\Windows Home Server\clientrestorewizard.exe. There is also a 64-bit version, but the 32-bit version worked for me.

    Two tips:

    • The Disk Management utility on WHS (aka Server 2003) did not seem able to create partitions of the exact size that I needed to restore on the Windows 7 disk. So I started the restore across the network while the disk was still in the PC, canceled it as soon as it said "Restoring," and moved the disk to the WHS box. At that point, the partitions were created and ready to go.
    • By default, the wizard wants to write the first partition of the backup onto the WHS D: drive. I kinda doubt that would work since D: is in use (it's the WHS's data drive), but don't try it. Just manually assign the backup partitions to the ones belonging to the USB drive (in my case E:, F:, and G:).

    Here's a post with more details:

    http://www.wegotserved.com/2009/11/17/how-to-restore-a-client-computer-without-using-the-client-restore-disk/

    Not sure why this isn't more widely known but I'm glad to have a restore solution when the network route doesn't want to work.

    Mark Berry
    MCB Systems

    • Proposed as answer by mcbsys Sunday, November 25, 2012 9:03 PM
    Sunday, November 25, 2012 9:03 PM