TI 2019 - Windows 10 v1903 UEFI/GPT Recovery With Standard TI Recovery Media Fails
I have a brand new Sager NP6855 Windows 10 v1903 64-bit laptop. I have installed True Image 2019 and taken a Full backup. I always test a new hardware/True Image combination to make sure that True Image can restore a Full backup properly. I created standard (non WinPE) True Image 2019 rescue media and attempted to restore a Full True Image backup to a new 250GB M.2 NVMe SSD. The message from True Image that was loaded from the rescue media said that the restore completed successfully. However, when I rebooted the laptop, Windows 10 would not load. After a full day of experimentation I was able to get the restored Windows 10 Pro v1903 to boot by going into the Windows 10 Recovery Tools and running Startup Repair.
I prepared the 250GV M.2 NVMe drive using Diskpart. I configured the EXACT same partitions in the EXACT same order as in the production Windows 10 installation. I reduced the size of the operating system partition (C:) from 1,372 GB (1.3 TB) to 150 GB on the 250 GB M.2 NVMe drive, but all other partitions were kept the same size as their originals. I booted into UEFI mode from the UEFI BIOS so I know that there was no mixup between UEFI and MBR modes.
When I configured the laptop I PURPOSELY didn't install the Intel Rapid Storage Technology (RST) driver. The reason is that I will not be doing RAID and will only ever use the disks on this laptop in ACHI mode. I've seen some discussion about needing the Intel RST driver in the Acronis backup, but I couldn't find anything definitive that pointed to a missing Intel RST driver as the reason that a True Image UEFI restore of WIndows 10 Pro v1903 would fail.
Do I need the Intel RST drive to be loaded on the production Windows 10 Pro v1903 system to make the standard True Image rescue media work properly? If not, any ideas as to what might be causing my problem?
Thanks In Advance For Your Help!