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What is bare-metal recovery

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    What is bare-metal recovery


    Push-Button Reset Overview

    This article talks about Refresh, Reset, and Bare-metal recovery... What exactly is this bare-metal recovery? How do I access it?

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    Bare Metal means a clean hard drive, like it comes out of the box. The entire installation is redone, just as it is if you recover a System Image Backup.
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    It's also known as a Factory Restore, goes back to the day it shipped.
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    Not my understanding.

    Bare metal recovery is restoring an external system image containing OS/applications and data - Bare-metal restore - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia . In Windows it is taking the option in Recovery Environment (i.e booting from install media or recovery USB or similar) formatting and restoring either factory settings or to a system image you have defined.

    Windows RE push-button reset features to fully recreate the partition structure of the hard drive. This procedure is also known as a bare-metal recovery. This procedure can be performed if a user needs to replace their hard drive or completely wipe it clean.

    You can supply media with a recovery image instead of, or in addition to, including a recovery image on the PC
    Bare Metal Reset/Recovery: Enable Your Users to Create Media and to Recover Hard Drive Space
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Quote Originally Posted by Berton View Post
    It's also known as a Factory Restore, goes back to the day it shipped.
    OH dear -- not exactly.

    Bare Metal recovery is simply RESTORING a WORKABLE OS from your last backup - this is often done if the OS HDD is broken / replaced or the OS becomes in any way corrupted so you BOOT from an external device, and perform a system restore (usually an Image) from the image also restored on an external device.

    The actual OS doesn't have to be the one you eventually use - but it gets the system back into a workable order from which you can possibly add updates, other programs etc.

    The whole point of it is that the restore data and boot program are run entirely from external media.

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    Bare metal job, do the same to the pc :O)

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    Keeping a complete system image is a life saver when "chaos" comes up !

    Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image

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    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    Keeping a complete system image is a life saver when "chaos" comes up !

    Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image

    That link is to create a custom recovery image used by the refresh function. System image creation is here System Image - Create in Windows 8
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Hi there

    A lot of this stuff doesn't help if the original HDD is broken so you can't even ACCESS any "hidden" recovery partition.

    That's the whole point of BARE METAL -- you don't rely on ANY hardware on the computer (apart from the BIOS boot working of course !!!!) for the recovery process.

    You can put in a totally NEW HDD without a single byte of information on it and then using a bare metal recovery restore your OS.

    There is a difference here in RECOVERING a non bootable PC and doing a Barel metal recovery. The OP wasn't asking about how to fix a computer that doesn't boot but what BARE METAL recovery meant.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Glad to know I'm not the only confused soul here... So many answers!

    @Jimbo45 : I wanted to know 2 things, what Bare-Metal means, and what Bare-Metal Recovery, as an option along with Refresh and Reset means... In other words, does there exist a button, or an option or a setting that is called "Bare metal recovery". The documentation is mighty confusing on that aspect.

    But I do know now what bare-metal means, thanks to the overlapping answers which form some kind of complete picture.
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