How to restore the system image to a computer with different or dissimilar hardware

Hana Lee updated on Nov 15, 2019 to Todo Backup Guide | How-to Articles

Why do we recover the system to dissimilar hardware?

There are couple mainly reasons: the old hard disk is damaged, we have to migrate our system to the new PC or the new hardware with different configurations; or deploy the same operating system on many computers; restore the image of Windows operating system to dissimilar hardware (RAID controllers). It sounds the task is so tough and terrible. Now, you won't worry about it and EaseUS Todo Backup Workstation can easily recover system to different hardware, transfer system to another computer, and migrate system from physical to virtual.

How to recover system to dissimilar hardware with EaseUS Todo Backup?

Before restoring the system to dissimilar hardware or other PCs, please ensure the two points: we must have an image backup of Windows system, and the driver is compatible with the hardware. If there are no drivers compatible with the hardware, we need to manually specify where to find the driver(s) for the hardware.
Firstly we need create the WinPE of EaseUS Todo Backup (Bootable CD/USB/Disk), then boot the computer, the screen will guide to enter into EaseUS Todo Backup.

Step 1. Run EaseUS Todo Backup and click System Transfer. Select the backup files.

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Step 2. Choose the source and recovery location. At last click Proceed, that's OK.

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If you found that your disk in not initialized, please follow the below tutorial:

1. You can initialize the disk using the windows control panel -> disk management – if you have an other running windows system.

2. You initialize the disk using "diskpart.exe", which can be found on the WinPE system: Windows Shell Command.

 
 

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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.

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