Recovering Windows 10 PRO system image from iSCSI drive.

Grzegorz Goljanek 41 Reputation points
2023-05-30T06:14:02.4833333+00:00

Hello everyone.

I have a question. I am using "Windows backup and restore" program to backup my WIN10 PRO computer. The copy is made in windows to a disk connected by iSCSI from NAS.

My question is: how can I restore the image from this disk?

When restoring the image in the "System Image Recovery" menu, I do not have the option to connect this disk after iSCSI, only from a local disk, PEN or from a network disk. How can I restore the image from this disk?

Can someone direct me to the correct article or site that describes this? I searched the Internet for such a case, but I did not find a case of such image restoration on Windows 10.

Thank you in advance and best regards

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  1. Khaled Elsayed Mohamed 1,260 Reputation points
    2023-05-30T08:27:58.9633333+00:00

    Hi Grzegorz Goljanek

    If you have created a system image backup using the "Windows Backup and Restore" program on your Windows 10 Pro computer, and the backup is stored on a disk connected via iSCSI from a NAS, you may encounter difficulties restoring the image directly from that disk using the "System Image Recovery" menu.

    The "System Image Recovery" menu typically provides options to restore the system image from a local disk, a USB flash drive (PEN), or a network location. However, iSCSI-connected disks are not natively supported by the "System Image Recovery" menu.

    To work around this limitation and restore the system image from the iSCSI-connected disk, you can try the following alternative methods:

    1. Create a Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) bootable media: You can create a bootable USB drive or DVD/CD with the Windows Recovery Environment. This will allow you to boot your computer using the WinRE media and access recovery options, including the ability to restore the system image from the iSCSI-connected disk. You can create a WinRE bootable media by following Microsoft's official documentation: Create a recovery drive.
    2. Use a third-party backup and recovery tool: There are third-party backup and recovery tools available that provide more flexibility in terms of restoring system images from various storage mediums, including iSCSI-connected disks. Tools like Acronis True Image, EaseUS Todo Backup, or Macrium Reflect have options to restore system images from different storage devices, including iSCSI.

    By utilizing these alternative methods, you should be able to restore the system image from the iSCSI-connected disk, even if the "System Image Recovery" menu doesn't directly support it.

    Remember to always have a backup strategy in place and test the restoration process to ensure you can recover your system in case of any unforeseen issues.

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