Restoring from a locally attached media device

Use the following steps to restore from a locally-attached media device.

To restore from a locally-attached media device

  1. From the Select Restore Method screen, select Use locally attached media device and then click Next.

  2. After media devices are detected, click Next.

    Depending on the level of assistance selected, all backup sets may be automatically restored, or you can select individual backup sets to restore.

    After the restore is complete, you can provide additional media to restore.

    If a *.dr file does not exist, or if there are no catalog entries in the *.dr file, then perform a manual restore and select I will provide my own media, and then perform a manual restore by using the Disaster Recovery Wizard.

    See Performing a manual restore by using the Disaster Recovery Wizard.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • If you are restoring from a stand-alone tape drive, insert the correct media and then click Next.

    • If you are restoring from a backup-to-disk folder, click Next.

    If you use a robotic library to recover your computer, the first drive in the robotic library is used for the restore.

  4. Click Next.

    On the Restore Data screen, all of the backup sets that you need to fully restore the computer are checked by default.

  5. Click Next.

  6. On the Insert Media into Restore Device screen, select the backup-to-disk folder or drive that contains the required media that you want to restore.

  7. Click Next.

  8. When the automated restore process finishes, click the appropriate response.


    The Disaster Recovery Wizard prompts you to select another media set from which to continue the restore process.


    The Disaster Recovery Wizard updates the hard disk drivers and then finishes the recovery process.

  9. On the You have completed the Disaster Recovery Wizard screen, you can run the following:

    Run CMD.exe

    The Disaster Recovery Wizard lets you open a command window that you can use to make further modifications to your computer.

    Edit Boot.ini

    The Disaster Recovery Wizard lets you edit the boot.ini file by using the Windows Notepad application to modify the boot.ini file on the root of the system partition. (Windows 2000/XP/2003 only)


    Click the Messages button to review messages that were generated by the Disaster Recovery Wizard during the recovery process.

  10. Click Finish. Remove the CD after the computer restarts but before the start process finds the startup CD drive.

    As the computer restarts, a Symantec screen momentarily appears while the Disaster Recovery Wizard makes final recovery modifications. After the modifications are finished, the computer restarts again and the recovery process is complete.

More Information

About changing hardware in the computer to be recovered