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Bare-Metal Restore with CloudBerry Backup

What Is Bare-Metal Restore?

Bare-metal restore is a technique in the field of data restoration that enables you to recover backed up data on a bare metal machine, i.e. computer with no installed operating system. The use cases for bare-metal restore include ransomware strikes, hardware failures, operating system malfunction, and so forth. All of the cases typically require complete erasing or replacement of the storage media.

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    Having done that, the next logical step would be to restore the data. Granted that you have a copy (image) of your hard drive (or SSD), it only makes sense to employ bare-metal restore in this situation to reinstate your storage media. Software solutions abound on the market, typically installing itself on a USB flash drive that you boot into from your computer. The software then offers you to fetch the backup data from the backup destination and restore it to the required storage media. The simplicity of this approach is unmatched, enabling you to restore the entire hardware infrastructure swiftly and conveniently.

    Pros and Cons of Bare-Metal Restore

    Bare-metal restore distinguishes itself from the most popular file-level backup in that it requires literally bare metal (only hardware) to perform data restoration. In other words, no reinstallation of an operating system or individual software.

    In recent years, bare-metal restore was an issue if you tried to recover to dissimilar hardware. However, that is not a problem today. CloudBerry Backup offers you fast and simple bare-metal restore process.

    CloudBerry Software for Bare-Metal Restore

    CloudBerry Backup supports bare-metal restore out of the box, offering you a one-stop solution in the bare metal department. That is to say, not only does it allow to restore backups on bare metal, but you can also perform image-based backups to any cloud or local backup destination.

    Creating image-based backup for bare-metal restore - CloudBerry Backup screenshot

    Once you’ve backed up your data to the backup destination, proceed to create a bootable USB capable of performing bare-metal restore. That will only take a single click in CloudBerry Backup.

    Click "Make Bootable USB" for a bare-metal restore - CloudBerry Backup screenshot

    The Recovery Disk Wizard prompts you to indicate the USB device onto which the bare-metal restore software will be copied; optionally, you can specify the path to requisite drivers as well as protect the tool with a password to ensure that nobody can utilize your USB drive maliciously.

    Creating a recovery disk with CloudBerry bare-metal restore software - product screenshot

    Having done that, you’re pretty much all set. Whenever you need to perform bare metal restore, simply boot into the USB drive that contains our restoration tool.

    CloudBery Boot Menu: Click "Bare Metal Recovery" to start the restore - CloudBerry bare-metal restore software screenshot

    The interface should be familiar if you’ve used CloudBerry Backup. Launching and going through the Restore Wizard should get the job done. Having performed the restore, exit the tool and boot back into the storage device on which you restored your image-based backup and you should feel as if you’ve just gone back in time.

    Bare-metal restore demonstrates its weaknesses on paper and its strengths in action. It is truly a valuable technique in the toolbox of every IT professional, giving you the option of swift and immediate recovery of your backed up data to clean hardware. If applied correctly, it can yield tremendous results and save a great deal of time. Although, it is fair to mention that one has to be very cautious when employing it and be cognizant of all the pitfalls that come with it.