How does ASR decide which partitions to backup?
Posted on 2006-05-12
The documentation I've seen says, in effect, the boot and system partitions are saved. For me, that will be the partition I call my C drive. I ask because on one of my systems there is a small (5GB) partition left over from from the manufacturer setup. It became my G drive when I upgraded to XP/Pro and I dont really use it. I dont think my G drive is a boot or system partition but ASR seems to save that partition also. During the ASR restore, right before it asks you where your bks file is, I see the following message:
Please wait while Windows restores the Volumes present on your computer.
Formatting volume \DosDevices\G
This can become an issue because I have a second hard drive installed (my D drive) that I have data that is dear to me (my ASR backup, user backups, etc.).
To drive the point home, During an attempted ASR recovery of another (a windows 2003 sbs) machine I put the wrong machine's diskette in (my bad, my very big bad). ASR formatted my D drive that contained my backups, putting the above message on the screen. (On that same day the drive containing the backups to those backups had a hardware failure. A very bad day.)
I really want to understand how ASR decides which drives to save and to format when it restores.
Thank you in advance.