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Monday, 18 January 2010

Restoring to Dissimilar Hardware with Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Universal Restore

You need to use Acronis Universal Restore to recover the system backup of one machine to another one with dissimilar hardware
This article applies to:
  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Advanced Server
  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Server for Windows (Standalone)
  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Advanced Server - Small Business Server Edition
  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Advanced Workstation
  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Workstation (Standalone)
  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Advanced Server - Virtual Edition


With Acronis Universal Restore you can recover system backup system of one machine to another one with dissimilar hardware.
For more information see:


Before restoring the backup to a new computer with dissimilar hardware please ensure the following:
  • You have Acronis Bootable Media with Acronis Universal Restore. See Installing Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Universal Restore;
  • The backup contains a supported Windows operating system. See Acronis Universal Restore;

  • You have drivers for the hard disk drive controller or chipset drivers for the new computer. These drivers are critical for booting the operating system. You can download the drivers for your motherboard on the Vendor's web-site. Please note, if you downloaded the drivers in *.exe, *.cab, *.zip format, you should extract them first. The driver files should have *.inf, *.sys or *.oem extensions. (!) The product does not support or install plug and play drivers.
Restoring system backup using Acronis Universal Restore:
  1. Boot the target machine from Acronis Bootable CD. (Make sure that the primary boot device is set to CD-ROM in BIOS):
  2. Once loaded, select Acronis Bootable Agent:
  3. Click Run management console (manage this machine):
  4. Click Recover:
  5. Click Change next to Archive:
  6. On the Backup Archive Selection screen choose the backup archive with system partition that you intend to recover:
  7. Enable Advanced view. Make sure that Data type is set to Volumes. Click Change:
  8. On the Backup and Items to Recover Selection screen choose partitions you want to recover:
  9. Click Change next to System C partition to specify the location where you want to recover the partition to. On the Volume Destination screen select the target partition or unallocated space to which the backup will be restored. In this case we are restoring to unallocated space:
  10. On the Volume Parameters window set the type Primary-Active for your system partition. If you do not set the type Active for your system partition, the machine will not boot. Also you can specify the target partition size here:
  11. Universal Restore should be set to Use. Click Change next to Search folder and specify the folder with the drivers for the hard-drive controller of the new computer. This folder may contain both Raid and Chipset drivers, for example. Universal Restore will search this folder (with subfolders) for the appropriate driver automatically:
  12. Click Change in the Mass storage drivers to install anyway section to specify drivers manually:
  13. The recommendation is to specify the drivers manually. Hardware Vendors usually provide separate drivers for SCSI or RAID controllers. IDE or SATA drivers are usually included into the chipset drivers for the motherboard. The HDD controller drivers are critical for operating system booting. Specifying drivers for other devices (video/sound card) is not recommended. Once you restore and boot the system, you can update all other drivers manually through Windows Device Manager (Start -> Run -> devmgmt.msc).
  14. In Recovery options you can also check Change SID after recovery. If this option is enabled, the computer security identifier (SID) will be automatically changed after the restore:
  15. After viewing the summary screen click OK:
  16. The restore process will start:
  17. (!) If Acronis Universal Restore detects unsupported devices (i.e. devices critical for booting, the drivers for which are missing), it will ask for the necessary drivers. To identify the device by its PCI ID, refer to If the driver is still not accepted, it should be checked if it is the correct one by using a Windows installation CD and hitting F6. See Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 314859. If, after the restore, the machine does not boot correctly, please boot in Safe Mode (hit F8) and check the drivers in Windows Device Manager.

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