Retrieve a lost Automated System Recovery disk

To perform an Automated System Recovery (ASR) on a server, you'll need is the ASR disk you previously created. Without the disk, you won't be able to recover the system.

But if you've lost or misplaced it, don't panic! It's possible to get the ASR disk back if you have current backup media for the system generated from an ASR-based backup

To create an ASR disk from an already existing ASR-based backup media set:

  1. Insert a formatted diskette into a system running Windows XP.
  2. In System Tools, start the Backup program.
  3. Click on the Next button when the Backup and Restore Wizard is displayed.
  4. Click Restore Files and Settings, then click on the Next button.
  5. In the What to Restore dialog box, select the media that contains the ASR backup.
  6. Now expand the Automated System Recovery Backup Set that corresponds to the ASR floppy disk that you want to create.
  7. Expand the second instance of the drive letter that contains the system files, then expand %systemroot%\Repair.
  8. Select Asr.sif and Asrpnp.sif, then click on the Next button.
  9. The Completing Backup or Restore Wizard screen appears.
  10. Click on the Advanced button.
  11. Set Restore Files to "screen Single Folder," then set the Folder Name

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  1. dialog box to the root of your floppy drive. Click Next.
  2. After the wizard finishes processing, the ASR floppy disk is ready for use in the event of an ASR restore operation.

    Note: The Asr.sif and Asrpnp.sif files must be on the root of the floppy to be used during an ASR restore procedure.

    About the author: Rahul Shah currently works at a software firm in India, where he is a systems administrator maintaining Windows servers. He has also worked for various software firms in testing and analytics, and also has experiences deploying client/server applications in different Windows configurations.

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    This was first published in November 2006

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