Restoring Intel Optane + HDD to a new drive in ATI 2016
I recently purchased a new computer that has an Intel Optane + HDD setup for my primary (boot) hard drive. I have already done successful restores to the original hard drive, but it appears that restoring to a new hard drive could be quite a complicated process. My current drive has an EFI system partition, a very small reserved partition, 3 recovery partitions, my OS partition, and a few GB of unallocated space. My hope was if my current hard drive failed, I could drop a new hard drive (1TB) into the machine, boot from my driver-infused Win-PE disc and restore from my external back-up drive to the new hard drive (the entire disk - all partitions - including any hidden). However, I wonder if the whole Optane + HDD relationship will need to somehow be rebuilt or reset? Can someone give some advice on exactly what steps I have to follow when my current hard drive fails? I suspect the simple approach I was expecting likely won't work.
Paul, there have only been limited mention in the forums of these new Intel Optane setups but this would suggest that you will need to use WinPE along with any required device drivers.
In reply to Paul, there have only been… by Steve Smith
I have a working WinPE disc infused with the appropriate Optane drivers. I have already used that to restore images to the same optane/HDD disk. All works fine there. My specific question is will anything odd happen if I have to recover to a new hard drive (say my current one fails). I have read some of the forum articles and it seems that recovering to a new hard drive under UEFI/GPT can be tricky. I have read something about having to know the partition sizes, structure, and location/order and having to set up the new hard drive with that same layout in advance of initiating the Acronis recovery process.
My hope/wish is that if I encounter a hard drive failure, I can simply drop another hard drive in the computer, and then do a full disk restore (disk, not partition) using my winPE disc and then have a fully operational and restored system. From what I read, this is not necessarily even the expectation for a run-of-the-mill HDD without Optane.
The article I am reading is this one:
I am kind of stunned that an image restore to a new/blank hard drive could be so messy and complicated. And that does not even involve Optane (my Optane setup is essentially a 14GB cache for a standard 1TB HDD). However, by the end of the thread, it seems that people say the latest builds of ATI 2016 may have eliminated the need for the all the addition procedures. Do you know if the new-disk-recovery-process is still so complicated?
Paul, I wouldn't expect you to have any significant issues restoring a backup to a new disk drive that will replace your existing drive in the same configuration provided that the Rescue Media is booted in the same way as used by your computer, i.e. UEFI, which I am sure you are aware of already.
Personally, with this new technology being introduced with Intel Optane, I would recommend considering upgrading to the latest 2018 version of ATI, simply because it will have better support for such newer hardware, plus now defaults to using Windows RE (recovery environment PE) for making the rescue media and also allows injection of additional device drivers within the ATI media builder. 2018 is also still in active development with new builds anticipated to introduce new features or resolve any new issues identified etc.