"Warning: The Restore Destination Device..." Error Message During Restore

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When you are restoring a backup created with the Backup tool, you may receive the following error message:
Warning: The restore destination device does not support some file system features of the original device. Some data may not be restored as a result.
If you continue restoring, some files are skipped during the restore process.


This behavior can occur if the files that you are attempting to restore have attributes that require the NTFS file system, but the drive to which you are restoring is not formatted as NTFS.

This may also occur if files have reparse points ($Symbolic_link) associated with them, but the required filter driver is not started. Remote Storage and Remote Installation Server (RIS) SIS volumes use Reparse points on data files. If the backup contains these types of files, but the associated service is not currently running, you receive the warning message.


To resolve this issue, make sure that the device to which you are restoring uses NTFS.


This behavior is by design.


Some files, such as files that are encrypted with the Encrypting File System (EFS), can exist only on partitions that are formatted with the NTFS file system. If you attempt to restore encrypted files to a partition that does not use NTFS, you receive the error message.

For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
223178 Transferring Encrypted Files That Need to Be Recovered


Article ID: 245044 - Last Review: October 22, 2013 - Revision: 3.2
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
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