Restore System to Dissimilar Hardware with EaseUS Todo Backup

Tracy King updated on Apr 08, 2019 to Backup Utility | How-to Articles

To restore the system to dissimilar hardware is also called 'recover to dissimilar hardware'. It means to restore a complete Windows system backup to a dissimilar hardware configuration. When you need to replace failed hardware and couldn't find an exact device match for your original system specifications, you should do this job. This page will offer you a reliable backup and restore software and shows you how to restore to dissimilar hardware with a step by step guide shown below. Hope it is helpful!

Restore to dissimilar hardware.

When and why do you need to restore the system to dissimilar hardware

1. Migrate/transfer system to a dissimilar computer

Trying to transfer your current system to a dissimilar computer with all programs and installed applications saved on your system C: drive. To recover to dissimilar hardware is just an efficient way for you to migrate the current system to dissimilar hardware with all necessities saved on the system partition.

2. Instant recovery of a failed system on different hardware (computer)

When one of your computers crashes with a failed system, to create a system backup from a healthy computer and restore to the dissimilar hardware will bring your dead computer back to life.

3. Prevent motherboard failure

No matter which operating system you use, there is still a risk of motherboard failure. With this special feature for restoring the system to dissimilar hardware, there will be no trouble for you to replace a hardware computer without motherboard failure issue.

How to recover to dissimilar hardware? Let a third-party backup software help

Frankly speaking, it is hard to restore to dissimilar hardware with Windows Restore feature. The key factor is that the hardware-dependent Microsoft Hardware Abstraction Layer drivers are embedded with the system's image.

Therefore, you need to try a professional backup software with recover to dissimilar hardware feature to assist you to restore the system to different hardware.

Here, EaseUS Todo Backup, a professional Windows backup utility with System Transfer function, is a second-to-none choice for you. It allows you to easily and safely restore your system to dissimilar hardware. 

Here is the detailed guide for system dissimilar recovery between computers:

Step-by-step Guide: Transfer/Restore system to dissimilar hardware/computer in 5 steps

Note: Before restoring the system image to dissimilar hardware or any PC, please ensure you have an image of the Windows operating system.

Let's see how can you recover to a dissimilar hardware computer with OS and C drive installed programs now:

Step 1. Create an emergency disk on a healthy computer

To save your time and energy, we'd like to suggest you create an emergency disk to a USB or external hard drive rather on a healthy computer with EaseUS Todo Backup.

1. Connect an empty USB flash drive or external hard drive with over than 100GB space to your PC.
2. Run EaseUS Todo Backup and click "Tools > Create Emergency Disk".

Create emergency disk for transfer OS to new computer.

3. Choose USB as the disk location to create the emergency disk which will help you boot computer when it fails to boot or restore the system to dissimilar new PC.
4. Click "Proceed".

Start creating emergency disk for system transfer.

Step 2. Create a Windows system image backup for restoring to dissimilar hardware

1. Run EaseUS Todo Backup on the healthy computer and click "System Backup" on the left pane.
2. Choose the Windows OS and specify the USB flash drive which contains the emergency disk as the destination disk to save system image.
If you are worried about data loss issue by saving the system image to the emergency disk drive, you may also save system backup to another empty external hard drive with over 100GB free space.

Create system image for transferring system to new computer.

This will help you create a full backup of the whole Windows system and all installed programs, applications on your C drive to the selected device.

3. Click "Proceed" to start creating a system backup image to the target device.

Step 3. Boot the dissimilar hardware/computer from EaseUS Todo Backup emergency disk

1. Connect the USB flash drive or external hard drive with emergency disk and system backup image to the new computer.
2. Restart PC and press F2/F8 to boot into BIOS.
3. Change boot drive and set the computer to boot from the EaseUS Todo Backup emergency disk.
Then you'll enter EaseUS Todo Backup main interface.

Step 4. Transfer and recover the system to dissimilar hardware or new computer

1. On EaseUS Todo Backup main window, click "System Transfer". 

Start transferring system to new computer.

2. Select the system image on your drive and click "OK" to continue.

Choose system image to transfer.

3. Specify the disk to save system image and tick "System Transfer" in Advanced options, click "OK" to save changes.
Then click "Proceed" to start transferring system and even some installed programs on system C: drive to the new hardware computer now.

Start transferring system to the new computer.

Step 5. Restart PC with transferred system
1. Change boot sequence in BIOS to set the computer to boot up from the drive with the transferred system.
2. Save all changes and restart your computer.
3. Update all drive drivers and programs to ensure all things will work just fine on the new computer.

PLUS: Windows Reactivation Requests

If your computer asks you to reactivate the system after restoring or transferring to a new computer with dissimilar hardware, you can refer to provided resolutions here below for a guide:

  1. 1. Reactivate Windows system with your old activation key.
  2. 2. If it doesn't work and your computer won't activate with the old key, please contact Microsoft for assistance.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose EaseUS Todo Backup?

"The easiest way to protect your data and system files."techradar

"EaseUS Todo Backup Free is one of the most popular free data backup applications available. This software offers a myriad of features and is extremely user-friendly. It provides a full system backup, meaning you can back up your entire operating system."TopTenReviews

"EaseUS ToDo Backup Home is a great backup program, well suited to the home and SMB space."PCWorld

What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?

Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.

What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?

System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.

As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?

You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.

What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?

EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.

As a company network administrator, what features should I use to protect our internal computers?

It is recommended that you use the SQL Backup feature to back up your company's SQL server and Exchange Backup feature to back up the Exchange server. In addition, you can execute System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions on every computer and set a plan to execute the backup once a day or twice a week to ensure that the computer can be restored timely when it has boot issues. File Backup feature can be used to back up important user data. If there are a large quantity of computers, you can purchase EaseUS Backup Center to manage the backups on the client computers centrally.

About EaseUS Todo Backup

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