Restore Backup Image to A Different Computer with AOMEI Backupper

Posted by @AOMEI

March 13, 2015

AOMEI Backupper can help you restore system backup image with any version of Windows 10/8/8.1/7 and Server 2003/2008/2012 R2 to a different computer after system breakdown.

Reasons Why Restore Image to a Different Computer

For most PC and Server users, most of the time you are discussing is backing up and restoring data, especially system backup and restore. In fact, in most cases, it refers to backup and restore system to a same computer. But if it refers to restore image to a different computer, or move OS to a computer with dissimilar hardware, what will be?

Usually hard drive failure and bad disk sector may cause system crash and cannot boot, or upgrade your old computer to a new computer. Under these conditions, you need to restore system backup image, however, recovering system image to a different computer may be a best way which also allows you to use the original system and all applications. How to do recover system image to a different computer without reinstalling system and applications to reduce downtime and ensure data security? Is there any simpler way by a third-party program?

Solution to Restore Image to a Computer with Different Hardware

Perhaps many users will ask whether Windows built-in backup tool can restore system image to dissimilar hardware or not. In fact, this backup utility can backup and restore system image in a same physical computer, but it cannot support to restore image from physical machine to a different computer. If you use it to do dissimilar system restore, it is likely to cause blue screen because of different ID numbers of the hard drive.

In view of this situation, possibly a professional backup software, like AOMEI Backupper, can cover this shortage. This tool supports to restore a system image of PC or server to a different computer which owns different processor, different motherboard or CPU, different storage device or dissimilar configuration compared to the original computer.

In addition, system crash, hard disk damaged, blue screen, etc, these may cause computer breakdown and cannot boot, at this time, you need to restore system and the best way is to restore a running computer system to the dead computer. But to a large extent, the computer has different hardware, such as different storage device, different configuration, CPU and so on.

Note: Before restoring system backup image to dissimilar hardware, you have to create a system backup image. When creating, you can save it to external hard drive, CD/DVD, USB flash drive, or NAS/network. Besides, if another computer cannot boot or is new, you also need to create a bootable disc to start up the target computer. After finishing, you can use it to boot target computer, and then AOMEI Backupper will pop up.

Step 1. Click "Restore" and Path to find the system backup image file you have backed up for recovery.

Step 2. Maybe you have several backup points for system, and select the one you need to recover, and then click "Next" to continue.

Step 3. Select the destination location to restore image. If your computer is brand new and there is no data stored in it, the destination location will be a new disk. And then click "Next".

Step 4. Then you will see all the operations listed. If hardware of the target computer you want to restore is different from the source computer on which you create the backup image, the "Universal Restore" option will be ticked by default. If the destination disk is a SSD, you can tick "Align partition to optimize for SSD". At last, click "Start Restore".

As for system image restore to a different computer, in addition to start up the target computer through bootable disc, PXE boot tool can help start up multiple computers at the same time.

In a word, AOMEI Backupper can solve your problem of restoring image to a different computer. By this method, you can save time and effort. Download and try it at once.