What is Bare Metal Restore (BMR)?

December 23, 2015
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The Carbonite team made quite a splash this fall with the release of our brand new lineup of backup and disaster recovery solutions for small and midsize businesses. We made headlines in part because our new Carbonite Server Advanced and Carbonite Backup Appliance solutions feature powerful Bare Metal Restore, or BMR, capabilities.

If you’re new to the world of backup and disaster recovery, then right about now you’re probably wondering: What is Bare Metal Restore? Well, I’m glad you asked. Here’s a quick definition of BMR:

BMR is the process of rebuilding a computer from scratch after a catastrophic failure. With BMR capabilities, you can protect an entire computer or server with a single backup set. This means that you can back up and restore the entire drive, including the operating system, settings, programs, files and folders while keeping the contents and the information structure intact.

The biggest benefit of BMR is that it gives you the ability to restore your data to a machine that is in a “bare metal” state. That means that you can restore to a machine that doesn’t have any pre-installed software or an operating system.

With Carbonite disaster recovery solutions, you can perform a bare metal restore by booting your machine to the recovery media that users create when they initially configured their backups. Once you are in the recovery media, all you’ll need to do is navigate to the location of the backups. Once you select the location, choose the point in time that you want to restore from and you’re off to the races.

Learn more about Carbonite disaster recovery solutions with bare metal restore and start your 30-day trial today.