I’ve researched quite a bit, and while there is a lot of info about setting up and troubleshooting the WD MyCloud hardware and setting up the backup routine, there seems to be little information about how to restore from the backup when my computer goes south. Maybe I’ve missed something, and if so, I apologize in advance.
The boot hard disk on my computer has crashed. It’s a Dell desktop running Windows 7 Professional Ed. Everything is backed up on the MyCloud. I need to do a complete restore from the backup onto the new hard disk.
The hardware was purchased back in January, and the MyCloud software was up-to-date. Here are my questions:
- Can it restore my system software from the backup? (Windows 7 pro. ed.) If so, how do I accomplish this? I assume I would have to boot from a CD or flash drive; but then what software would I need to perform the restore? Would that software need to be on the CD or flash drive?
- If it won’t restore system from backup, I assume I’ll have to do a fresh install of Windows 7 on the new hard drive. Then what? What WD software do I need to restore the remaining files?
- Will it restore applications, or will I have to reinstall all of them?
- Is it okay if the new hard disk is larger than the old hard disk that was backed up? I mean, I don’t think we’re dealing with a disk image here, but I don’t know for sure.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.