DriveImage XML is a freeware drive image program that lets you backup, restore and copy hard disk partitions easily. However, restoring a DriveImage XML image from a previous backup to the system drive isn’t possible when Windows is running. Attempting to do so causes the error "Target partition must not be the system drive" and the restore operation doesn’t start.
In this situation, you can either connect the hard disk as slave to another PC. Install DriveImage XML in the target PC and restore the drive image from previous backups. Or you may create a BartPE Boot CD with the DriveImage XML BartPE Plugin, or use Ultimate Boot CD for Windows. The Ultimate Boot CD for Windows (UBCD4Win) is based on BartPE, and it requires the Windows XP CD (with SP1 or SP2 slipstreamed). This article tells you how to restore a DriveImage XML backup (stored in one of the hard disk partitions) using UBCD4Win. The advantage of using UBCD4Win is that it includes lots of Plugins by default, that includes the DriveImage XML Plugin.
Restoring a DriveImage XML Backup Using the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows
1. Create the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows (UBCD4Win) using the instructions in their site.
2. Insert the UBCD4Win Boot CD into the drive and boot the system from CD drive. Note that you may need to set the boot order in the BIOS accordingly.
3. When the UBCD4Win desktop loads, click the DriveImage XML desktop icon.
4. Click Restore
Locate the drive image XML file. This file is present in the same folder where your previous image backup is located.
Select the partition where you want to restore the image to, and click Next.
Read the warning message, input the text string as in the dialog and click OK.
The restore operation starts.
You’ve now successfully restored the previous backup image.
Click OK. Exit DriveImage XML, remove UBCD4Win boot CD from the drive and restart the system.
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