I am trying to restore a full disk backup of a Windows 10 EFI laptop.
Sony Vaio to be specific - I can provide the exact model if needed.
I have created a bootable USB stick with a few tools, including the “Restore CD 2.1.1 (x64)”, using YUMI. I have selected “Debian” as an OS type when adding the “Restore CD” image to the USB stick.
I can boot the “Restore CD” up to the point when it asks for the user name and password. But, instead of booting further the only thing I see is a completely empty screen with a cursor in the upper left corner. When I press Ctrl+Alt+Fn to switch between the consoles, I can see a login prompt followed by “urbackup (automatic login)” followed by an “Authentication error” message. It shows for half a second and then erases the screen, so that it is completely blank again.
Pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del correctly reboots the system. It stops all the processes and restarts.
The problem is that I can not do anything, as the login prompt is not really there, and the automatic login fails. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated, as I am a bit unsure how can I restore the machine now.
I have tried urbackup_restore_2.3.0.iso, but it fails to load at an earlier stage.
I see messages about the discovered USB devices, then there is a long delay, a minute or two.
And then it shows a “BOOT FAILED!” message, like this one: Restore CD 2.3.0 beta
Then went back to the CUI of the restore process (Alt+F1) and was able to connect to the server and recover the data, by following the “wizard” dialogs. The disk uses GPT, and the recovery process showed that it has recovered the GPT partition table.
But the system did not boot correctly after a reboot. Maybe I need to tweak a few things - will try tomorrow.