Restoring Image Backups Onto Other Hardware or Into a VM – With Ease

Using image backup tools like Acronis Trueimage it is easy to create image backups of a Windows system in order to perform “bare metal recoveries” in case of system failures or disk failure. But restoring such an image onto different hardware (or into a virtual machine) was quite complicated (if not impossible), because Windows does not support switching e.g. the controler type of a Windows installation…

Acronis is now offering Universal Restore that helps out:

Acronis Universal Restore allows you to restore to different hardware or to a virtual machine, providing complete disaster recovery.


You can restore an image to a new system in 5 easy steps.

  • Step 1: Boot your replacement system with the bootable media you created and select Recovery in the Acronis True Image menu
  • Step 2: Select the image to restore and the Acronis Universal Restore option
  • Step 3: Acronis Universal Restore initiates the restore process
  • Step 4: Acronis Universal Restore detects the hardware and installs drivers
  • The product detects the machine type and installs appropriate drivers for Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL)
  • The product detects hard disk controllers (SCSI and IDE)
  • Or

  • The product prompts you for driver locations
  • Step 5: The machine reboots
  • Did not try it yet, but it sounds promising. Maybe I will finally migrate our Exchange Server onto new hardware this fall…. 🙂


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