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To help you recover your system and data in the event of a disaster, HP Media Vault includes a PC Restore Disc. If you have previously created a drive backup with DriveBackup!, you can use this disc for the following:

  • To restore the system drive.
  • If you cannot use the Windows operating system to restore the system files.
  • The operating system will not start (boot).

For information about creating a drive backup, see Create a drive backup.

The Microsoft@ Windows@ Preinstallation Environment software included with this computer or software may be used for boot, diagnostic, setup, restoration, installation, configuration, test or disaster recovery purposes only. NOTE: THIS SOFTWARE CONTAINS A SECURITY FEATURE THAT WILL CAUSE END USER CUSTOMER'S SYSTEM TO REBOOT WITHOUT PRIOR NOTIFICATION TO THE END USER CUSTOMER AFTER 24 HOURS OF CONTINUOUS USE.

To recover your system and data using the bootable disc:

Note: The PC Restore Disc does not support wireless networking. To restore your computer, you must connect it to your router via a wired-LAN.

  1. Insert the PC Restore Disc into your CD/DVD drive.
  2. Note: If the PC Restore Disc is not recognized by your computer, you may have to configure the computer's BIOS to recognize your CD/DVD drive as a bootable device. For more information, see your computer's documentation.
  3. After inserting the PC Restore Disc, it may take several minutes for the NTI DriveBackup! application to appear. Please be patient.
  4. Note: If the following error message appears: Failed to install network adapter--check WINBOM, your network adapter is not supported by the PC Restore Disc.
  5. When the Language Selection dialog box appears, select the language you want to use from the drop-down list, and then click OK.
  6. In Step 1, select the drive/partition that you want to restore.
    1. Restore the C: partition
      Use this option when you have only one drive partition.
    2. Restore the C: and D: partition
      Use this option when you have only two drive partitions.
    3. Note: If you have more than two partitions, refer to the Microsoft documentation for Disk Management.
  7. In Step 2, select the backup file from the list or Browse for the backup file. Drive backup files have a .npf file extension.
  8. In Step 3, select the drive you want to restore.
  9. When restoring a hard drive, any content that exists on the target hard drive or drive partition will be erased.
  10. Note: To exit NTI DriveBackup! before starting your restore, click Job, Exit.
  11. Click Start.
  12. Note: If you want to exit the restore after clicking start, click the Cancel button.
  13. To verify proper disk operation, NTI DriveBackup! runs the Windows chkdisk utility when the system is rebooted on restored drives with NTSF files system.
  14. The target partition may be larger than the original partition where desired. You cannot select a partition that is smaller than the amount of data on the original partition. In some cases, such as Windows 2000, Service Pack 2, you may need select a target partition that is the same size as the original partition.


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