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WS2012 Full System Restore Wizard does not recognize my M.2 NVME SSD RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am trying too replace my existing SATA drives with a NVME M.2 SSD drive.

    I disconnected the SATA drives, installed the NVME and now I am trying to do a full restore of a Win10 client machine from my Windows 2012 Essentials server using the Full System Restore Wizard bootable USB stick that I created in the Dashboard for that computer.

    I disconnected the old drives and booted into the restore. It did not ask me for drivers and Sabrent (the SSD brand) does not supply drivers (not needed). The Restore Wizard said there are no drives to restore to and to use Disk Manager (sorry, paraphrasing). That control panel item also does not show the drive in the Restore Wizard.

    I then reconnected my old drives and booted back into Win10. The NVME drive shows up just fine in the Disk Manager, I even formatted it there.

    How can I make the Full System Restore Wizard on the bootable USB stick see the drive?

    - Lutz


    Thursday, June 4, 2020 4:37 PM

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  • HI

    1.can you enter winver in command prompt on win10 computer and look the os version and os version number ?[for example windows 10  enterprise 1809 (os build 17763.316)]
    2.we can try to download the specified version windows ADK for windows 10 then install it on essentials 2012 .finally we create a new usb key ,will this usb key recognize your NVME M.2 SSD?

    Download and install the Windows ADK
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/get-started/adk-install
    Essentials 2012 R2 – Client Restore
    https://windowsserveressentials.com/2014/01/30/essentials-2012-r2-client-restore/

    Restore a full system from an existing client computer backup
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server-essentials/manage/restore-a-full-system-from-an-existing-client-computer-backup#BKMK_CreateBootable


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    Andy YOU
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    Friday, June 5, 2020 10:46 AM
  • HI
    Is there any progress on your question?

    Best Regards
    Andy YOU
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    Wednesday, July 1, 2020 10:20 PM
  • I could not get this to work at all. I ended up using the Acronics TruImage (?) that came with the SSD to clone the existing system (it wasn't broken).

    But my faith in the Restore working is now close to zero.


    Wednesday, July 1, 2020 10:26 PM
  • HI
    i suspect there is no driver in bootable USB stick  to recognize your SSD.
    we can deploy a server 2016 essentials on one physical pc then create a bootable USB stick from w2016 essentials,will the same issue happen?

    server 2016 essentials
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-server-2016-essentials

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    Andy YOU
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    Monday, July 6, 2020 2:50 PM