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 icon on the taskbar.
Select the disk number that you want to restore to. For example:
select disk 3
|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
create par pri size=300
Format the MSR partition:
format fs=NTFS quick
Set the partition 'Active'
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.|
Follow the steps in the section Fix boot problems on MBR/BIOS systems in the following KB article:
Fixing Windows boot problems
|Note: You should select the newly created 300MB partition as the 'Active' partition when running 'Fix Boot Problems'|