Easeus ToDo, does it wipe partitions during restore?

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by enonod, Oct 26, 2014.

  1. enonod

    enonod Registered Member

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    Windows 8/8.1 Uefi. - Easeus ToDo Backup v6 or 7 immaterial
    I cannot find this answer anywhere, let alone during Restore, where I am left with apparent ambiguity.

    I backed up using Partition not System, when the computer was new and it had a 2TB drive. The partitions were C: plus Recovery and a Fat32, (3 small at front and 1 larger at end). I ticked all 5.
    Since then I have made several more partitions for data and reduced the C: partition size.
    The C: partition is still larger than the original C: 'used' size.
    When I try to restore, the final diagram of the what the outcome will be shows the C: as 1TB and the Recovery as 1TB, offering the chance to adjust the sizes. I stopped!!

    1. Why should I need to adjust, when the original C: used size is known to ToDo?
    2. Why has the Recovery Partition been enlarged when its original size is known to ToDo
    3. The other partitions are not shown, despite being visible to ToDo?
    Finally...
    4. If the 'outcome' partitions are resized, it shows the gap between as empty, will it be?

    I remember backup software (Shadow Protect) used to fit the data back into the now existing partition, providing it was large enough for the data (not blank space) and touched nothing else.
    Can somebody please advise what will happen, especially if I drag the C: and Recovery partition and don't precisely get it the same.
    Any help please before I press the button!
    Thank you.
     
  2. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    enonod,

    Could you explain what you are trying to accomplish? Why do you need to restore those partitions?

    Do you have more than one C: drive backup image?

    Does Easeus do sector based restores? If so the current C: drive size might not be large enough for the restore of the original image even though it is larger than the data.
     
  3. enonod

    enonod Registered Member

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    I started with Win 8. Installed a few essential standard programs. Backed up with ToDo as described.
    Installed lots of software, used computer for quite a period. Upgraded via Windows Store to Windows 8.1. Continued to use computer.
    Backed up several times. Windows Store went wrong and various other things... and 'Refresh' is suggested as the only solution after SFC.
    Refresh does not work with OEM upgraded to Win 8.1 so complete restart is required, wiping everything.

    BUT... I have that first backup that was done before Win 8.1, but with differing partitions and data... 1.5TB worth.
    When I go to restore it... (now refer to my post above).
    I do not want the other partitions wiped and I am hoping that only the data and not the blank space will be placed into my existing C partition. The current C partition is big enough for the USED space in the backup, but it is not as big as the original.

    A sector based restore would surely definitely overwrite the other partitions if it includes and writes blank space.
     
  4. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    enonod,

    Sounds promising. You have OS problems and the only partition that needs to be restored is the OS partition. You have several images of the OS partition so the one to restore is the most recent one taken when Windows was operating normally. Just restore the image into the current C: drive partition without any resizing. You know the data will fit but whether the sectors in use will fit remains to be determined. Ignore the non OS images.

    Post a screenshot of Disk Management if there is any uncertainty.
     
  5. Brian K

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    Standby. You might be in trouble.

    I created a system with a primary partition, Win8 and another primary partition.

    Win8 was 20000 MiB and contained 10000 MiB of data. The sector spread of the data in Win8 was 19500 MiB.

    Win8 was imaged with Easeus ToDo Free and the image was restored. No problem. Win8 booted normally.

    Win8 was resized to 15000 MiB and the last primary partition was slid up and resized to fill the space after Win8. The original image was restored to the Win8 partition. No errors were reported during the restore. When Win8 booted there was an "automatic repair" and a restart but Win8 loaded. But when I looked at the partitions later with BIBM there were two Win8 partitions, the second being virtual and overlapping the last primary partition. When the virtual partition was deleted Win8 no longer booted.

    The message is don't restore an image with Easeus ToDo if the sectors in use don't fit. You should always image a partition after every resize smaller so you don't get stuck with an image that has a sector spread larger than the new partition.
     
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  6. MrBrian

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    @enonod: I recommend backing up at least your data partitions before you proceed.
     
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