Bare Metal Restore: Performing the restore


This article describes the procedure for performing a Cloud Continuity for PCsBare Metal Restore (BMR).


  • Datto Utilities
  • Datto Cloud Continuity for PCs Bare Metal Restore


We've improved the Cloud Continuity for PC's BMR experience. See What's new? for details.


This article assumes that you have already booted the target machine into the Datto Utilities environment. If you have not already done this, see the Imaging a USB Drive with Datto Utilities and Booting a Target Machine with Datto Utilities articles.

Review the Bare Metal Restore: Getting started article for important pre-deployment considerations and instructions before attempting this process.


The Datto Utility uses DHCP to automatically connect to your network, so no network configuration should be required. However, If network settings need to be adjusted for any reason, you can click the CONFIGURE NETWORKING button in the top right corner of the page and make any needed changes before proceeding.

Figure 1: Networking

1. From the Datto Utilities Welcome Screen, click the Cloud BMR option.

Figure 2: Welcome


2. To perform a Cloud Continuity BMR, you will need to log in to the Datto Partner Portal from the BMR environment and have the Datto REST API enabled. Click NEXT towards the bottom right of the utilities environment.

Figure 3: Portal Login

3. The Log In prompt shown in Figure 2 will appear in a new browser tab. Enter the credentials of an administrator with access to the reseller account containing your backups. Then, click Log In .

Figure 4: Datto Partner Portal login

4. Enter your MFA token when prompted and then click Authenticate.

Figure 5: MFA

5. Select the client whose protected machine you would like to restore, then click Next to continue.

Figure 6: Select the client

6. Select the Protected machine to restore from, then click Next.

  • You must select the backup data for the target machine you are restoring; you cannot restore the target machine with data from a different system

Figure 7: Select the Protected Machine

7. Select the date (healthy recovery point) that you want to restore the target machine to, then click Next.

Figure 8: Select the Recovery Point

8. Choose your partitioning scheme. Datto strongly reccomends automatic partitioning. If you need to create manual partitions for any reason, see our Advanced Partitioning article. Once you've made a selection, click NEXT.

Note: If a partition is sized incorrectly, diskpart (external link) can be used to resize the partition.

Figure 9: Partition

9.. Review and confirm your restore configuration. Then, click CLONE DATA.

Figure 10: The Review and Confirm stage

The Cloud Continuity Bare Metal Restore process will erase any existing partitions on the selected volume.

10. When prompted, enter FORMAT in the confirmation box, and click CONFIRM.

The Cloud Continuity Bare Metal Restore process will erase any existing partitions on the selected volume.

Figure11: The confirmation window

11. The restore will run, restoring the target machine. It will first initialize, and then start transferring the data.

As the restore process completes each volume, it will report its completion status in the GUI.

The restoration may take some time to complete; during this process, do not remove the Datto Utilities USB drive or reboot the production machine.

mceclip7.pngFigure 12: Transferring Data

12. Once the restore completes, you will see the completion prompt. Remove the Datto Utilities USB drive from the target machine, then click Finish and Reboot . The target hardware will reboot in its restored state.

mceclip8.pngFigure 13: Finish and Reboot

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