How to Use AOMEI Universal Restore/Dissimilar Hardware Restore

About AOMEI Universal Restore

AOMEI Universal Restore, the feature in AOMEI Backupper Pro, Server and Technician version. With this function, you can recover the image of your system to a machine with dissimilar hardware. If you don’t backup any data and file in your computer, notably operating system, once you computer break down, you can use this function to recover it.

AOMEI Universal Restore is applicable for:

  • Instant recovery of a crashed system on different hardware. If one computer crashed, and if you want to restore it, you can create system image with AOMEI Backupper, and then use it to rescue system broken computer.
  • Migration to a machine with dissimilar hardware. You can use AOMEI Universal Restore to restore system image that is created in other computer to your computer.
  • Real-to-virtual and virtual-to-real computer migration for system recovery, as well as testing and other purposes. For better install different system to test software or other function, software testers can use it to install system between real computer and virtual machine.
  • The computer that is changed hardware. If you change hardware such as mother board, CPU etc, the computer will require being reinstalled system; to prevent reinstall system, you can use AOMEI Universal Restore to install system.
  • Computers that need to be installed system. If you want to maintain computers in LAN, you can install computer firstly, and configure drives and applications for this computer, and then backup system image. Then, you can boot all other computer with AOMEI PXE Boot tool or bootable media, and use AOMEI Universal Restore to restore system image. Due to different computer and configuration, this way can save much time on installing system and applications in different computers.

How to recover a broken computer with system image of other computer

As mentioned above, There are so much conditions we can use AOMEI Universal Restore, and Instant recovery of a crashed system on different hardware can be set as an example to demonstrate to you. this steps will involve two computers, so, you have to install AOMEI Backupper in one computer in good condition and use it to create a system image. Due to computer crashing, you have to create a WinPE with AOMEI Backupper or AOMEI PE Builder. It will help you start computer and use other computer’s system image to recover your computer. In summarize, there are some tools you should prepare:

Tip: After you create a bootable media with USB flash drive, you can use copy system image to USB drive, or you can upload your system image to LAN.

After your prepared well, we can follow the steps below to do your operation:

Step 1. You have to set AOMEI Bootable media as the boot device in your computer, and launch AOMEI Backupper. Click the “Restore” this option and select the system image that you want to recover.

Tip: There may not be system image you can restore in Backup List, because the image system you want to restore is created in other computer, So, you have to click the Path button and add system image manually.

Click Apply

Step 2. In this step, there are many backup time points to let you choose. By the way, you can tick “Restore system to other location”, after doing that, one partition will be selected to store new system. After finishing the step above, please click “Next”.

Click Apply

Step 3. In this step, you can verify the system image, and choose where you want to restore. If you want restore system to places except for C drive, you can tick “Restore system to other location” in the bottom of interface. If you want to recover the current system partition, please click “Next”.

Click Apply

Tip: Make sure that all data in the partition you choose are backed up, because the partition you select will be overwritten or deleted.

Step 4. AOMEI Universal Restore will work in this step. Due to the system image you want to restore is created in other computer, and there may be difference about applications, software, even system in two computers. Therefore, you have to tick “Universal Restore”. Finally, you can click “Start Restore”.

Click Apply

Tip: If the destination partition you choose is in SSD, you can tick “Align Partition to optimize for SSD” to improve the speed of reading and writing.

The whole process is very simple and easy. AOMEI Universal Restore is just a function added in restoration of AOMEI Backupper. The whole process of restoration is not different from the restoring operations in former version. The only difference is that you can restore system image that created in other computer to your computer. This function is like a bridge among dissimilar computers, and with this function, you can fix, and install your computer indefinitely, even you don’t backup your system. You can say good bye to grief caused by computer crashing.

Note: After restoring, many other drivers, such as Display driver, NIC driver, or Audio driver, etc, need to be reinstalled and then the devices of the computer can be used normally.