Main Threads:Laptop won't boot after full disk image restore
  • My laptop will not boot. The error msg says:

    "Reboot and select proper boot device..." so apparently it is not recognizing my hard drive as a boot device.

    Here's what happened.  My laptop had a motherboard failure, but the HDD seemed okay.  I removed it and put it in a USB enclosure and performed a full disk image backup with Backupper onto an external drve.

    I reinstalled the HDD in the laptop and sent it for repair.  It came back with a new motherboard, and the original HDD reformatted to a factory Windows 10 install.

    I backed that install up with Backupper, and then attempted to restore my original disk image.  It appeared to complete okay.  But...

    When I tried booting, I got that message above.  I checked the BIOS, and it lists the HDD as first boot device.

    I have repeated the restore a few times, using a USB restore drive created from Backupper on another computer.  (Specified to legacy BIOS.)  I made sure to specify Universal Restore.  I restored each partition separately, specifying Universal Restore each time, and making sure the main drive was C:.  I still get "Reboot and select proper boot device."

    The BIOS screeen still lists the HDD as the first boot device.  "Launch CSM" is Enabled. 

    I hope someone can help.  I am at wit's end. I am using the Professional version, by the way.

  • Did your backup include both the C: partition and the "System Reserved" partition? The SR partition contains the boot manager (see here compatible with the C: partion and I believe that both are required together. If you only backed up the C: drive then this might be the problem.

  • Is the HDD formatted as GPT after repair? In Legacy mode you need MBR, but in any case you need the same partition style as it was originally: BIOS/CSM=MBR, UEFI=GPT.

     I restored each partition separately, 

    Didn't you make a disk or system backup? In that case restore in one go and don't use the Universal option. 

  • Yes, I did a full disk image backup, which included the system partition, the recovery partition, one very small partition which I don't know what it is, and the C: drive.  I don't know if it's MBR or GPT--the question was never presented to me--but my computer does have a BIOS setup.  Does it matter that I made the backup image with the disk drive out of the laptop?  I created the backup using default settings.

    For the restore part, I guess I should give more detail.  When I ran the first recovery procedure, I had a working Windows system reset to factory state by the repair shop.  I installed AOMEI on that system and ran the recovery to go in one step.  (That's what I tried to do, anyway.  The interface is a little unclear.  I didn't select individual partitions, anyway.) That completed and gave me the "Reboot and select proper boot device" error.

    After that, I had no way to rerun it the same way, so the next thing I tried was pulling the drive and rerunning the recovery with the drive hooked up to another computer via USB. Same result.

    Then, on the other computer, I made a recovery thumb drive. I tried EFI and it didn't work, so I tried again making it using the legacy setting.  That worked, in the sense that it enabled me to get the AOMEI recovery app running.  So I tried again.

    I wasn't sure whether the "one go" method was even working, so I recovered each partition individually.  There were never any options that I could see re MBR/GPT.  I got the same result. 

  • Regarding the Universal Restore option, I used that because the AOMEI instruction pages said it was necessary after a hardware change.  (new motherboard) 

    I'll try again using System Restore option. 

    Ah, okay -- I have restarted it, set to go all at once.  Now I see where you can click to select the entire drive as destination, and that it does identify both the source and the destination as GPT.  I hope that's correct.

  • That restore also failed.  I am now attempting to restore the factory-reset install that the laptop came back with.  (It was also identified as being GPT.) 

  • If you have, before and after the repair, an UEFI machine, where the original HDD was GPT, then your BIOS should not be set to BIOS/CSM/Legacy but set to EFI/UEFI.

  • Good grief. Was this all a question of BIOS setting?  I don't see in my BIOS a choice between BIOS/CSM/Legacy and EFI/UEFI, though under the Enable CSM was a choice to enable some kind of controller involving UEFI.  Enabling that did not work.

    But... when I disabled the CSM option (that second thing went away), and I enabled Fast Boot, it booted into Windows!  Partial success!  I now have the factory-reset Windows restored successfully. 

    So... now that I know how to make that work, do I have the nerve to try the original restore of my latest Windows setup?  I guess I'll try. 

    Thanks for that tip about the BIOS.

  • Does the Universal Restore option control anything except the system partition?  I am currently waiting out the full restore (my C: drive has 258 on it and it's a lengthy procedure).  This time around I left Universal Restore unchecked -- no, wait, I think the option didn't show up this time.  If I have to retry with/without the Universal Restore, can I do just the system partition?

  • Well, that failed, and gave me a blue screen that said my PC needs to be repaired.  After the full repair failed, I tried restoring just the system partition, first by asking for system restore, and then by asking for universal restore. Now I'm going to try restoring just the system partition from the factory reset backup.  If that doesn't work, I see no alternative to going back to the factory reset and reinstalling all my programs and configurations from ground zero.  Which is exactly what my backup of the disk image was intended to prevent.

  • I removed it and put it in a USB enclosure and performed a full disk image backup with Backupper onto an external drve.

    —Backupper cannot detect system on USB, that's why the system cannot boot after restore.

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