Why Can't I Restore my Backup?

Episode 1585 (35:57)

Larry from San Francisco, CA
Solid State Drive

Larry's sister had her hard drive fail. Her backup isn't responding and it seems like her hard drive may be "locked." Leo says that doesn't make sense at all. If she made an image of the drive, she should be able to blast it onto another drive pretty easily, and Acronis should handle it. And unless she was locking her drive before, there's no reason it would be locked now. So more likely, if the recovery failed, then it could have messed up her SSD because the installation didn't finish. Leo recommends getting a new copy of Windows and format and reinstall. She can create a recovery drive with the Microsoft Windows 10 Media Creation Tool and a thumb drive, and then install a clean copy of it.