The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) is an interface between a computer's firmware and operating system. It is designed as a replacement for Basic Input/Output System (BIOS). UEFI supports hard disks with either master boot record (MBR) or the newer GUID Partition Table (GPT) system. GPT is a newer standard that supports disks larger than 2TiB and allows for more than four primary partitions per disk.
This article covers restoring a disk image of a UEFI/GPT system and enable the restored image to boot using legacy MBR booting.
Caution: We assume there are no other hardware differences between the system being imaged and the system being restored to. For dissimilar hardware, use ReDeploy.
Boot into Windows PE.
Open a Windows command window. To open a command window click the iconon the taskbar.
Select the disk number that you want to restore to. For example:Please ensure that you use the correct disk number in the above command.
Clean the selected disk:
Ensure that the target disk is MBR formatted
Create the Microsoft System Reserved partition
Format the MSR partition:
Set the partition 'Active'
- In Macrium Reflect, click Backup tab.
- Click Refresh to read the newly initialized disk.
- Click Restore tab.
Select the image file, drag and drop just the Windows System partition to the free space on the target disk. In this example, only the 'C:' partition is restored to the target disk.
Note: You can click 'Restored Partition Properties' to resize the restored partition to fill the new disk if you wish.
- Click 'Next' then 'Advanced Options' > 'Master Boot Record' and select the 'Do not replace' option for the master boot record.
Follow the steps in the section Fix boot problems on MBR/BIOS systems in the following KB article:
Fixing Windows boot problemsNote: You should select the newly created 300MB partition as the 'Active' partition when running 'Fix Boot Problems'