How to Fix System Image Restore Fails Because of EFI/BIOS Error

Abby Haines updated on Nov 18, 2019 to Backup and Recovery | How-to Articles

Overview of system image restore fails because of EFI/bios issue

If you search on google, you may find that a large number of users have an experience of getting the system image restore fails because of EFI/BIOS with the following error message:

"Windows cannot restore a system image to a computer that has different firmware. The system image was created on a computer using EFI/BIOS and this computer is using BIOS/EFI." 

System image restore fails because of efi/bios issue
This issue occurs at most times when users are trying to use Windows repair disc or installation disc to restore system image backup to another hard drive or computer with dissimilar hardware. If you are one of the victims, you can try the following troubleshooting steps to fix the issue with ease.

Free: how to fix system image restore fails because of EFI/bios error

1. Make sure that the source and destination disk partition are the same MBR or GPT type

There are two different kinds of boot modes in computers, Legacy BIOS-based and Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). BIOS mode requires the system to be installed on a master boot record (MBR) disk, and UEFI mode the GUID partition table (GPT) disk. So, to fix system image restore fails because of EFI/bios error, you should first make sure that the source and destination disk partitions are the same MBR or GPT type. If not, you can use DISKPART to convert MBR disk to GPT disk, or vice-versa.

2. Make sure that the source and destination computer are using the same mode

Windows won't allow you to restore the system from UEFI based computer to bios computer, and vice versa. So, if the backup was created on a computer using BIOS, change the boot mode to Legacy. If the backup was created on a UEFI computer, enable UEFI boot mode. To change the firmware mode, boot the computer into the boot menu by pressing a specific key during bootup. You can consult the manufacturer on this matter. On the boot menu, select UEFI or Legacy. After that, you will no longer get system image restore fails because of EFI/bios error.

Easiest Way: fix system image restore fails because of EFI/bios error using free backup software

As you can see, it is really hard to restore the system image to dissimilar hardware regardless of the computer firmware with Windows Restore feature. High chances are that system image restore fails because of EFI/bios error occurs. But don't worry! EaseUS Windows backup software can easily fix the issue. It allows you to restore the system from BIOS-based computer (MBR disk) to UEFI computer (GPT disk) and vice verses as long as you have created a system backup image. Here, please note that if you want to restore system form a GPT disk to an MBR disk, make sure the system supports UEFI boot mode.

To restore a system image to a computer with different firmware:

Important
You need to make a system backup with EaseUS Todo Backup before doing the system recovery.

If your computer cannot boot, please first create the WinPE of EaseUS Todo Backup (Bootable CD/USB/Disk) to then boot the PC, the screen will guide to enter into EaseUS Todo Backup.

Step 1. Open EaseUS Todo Backup, click the "Recovery" button on System Backup column.

Or click "Browse to Recover" to select the system backup you created in advance.

choose the backup image that you want to recover

Step 2. Choose one History version of the backup image, after confirming the contents, click the "Next" button.

And select the target location to restore your Windows. 

select the place to save the Windows recovery

Step 3. Then click "Proceed" to start backup recovery.

Wait for the process to complete, restart your computer and then you should be able to run Windows OS on your computer again.

 
 

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