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Can Acronis True Image Home 11 do a bare-metal restore?

Asked by shared3 (921points) October 7th, 2007

See question. A bare-metal restore would be restoring a backup of another computer to a brand new one with different hardware. On the website I found no mention about bare-metal restoring in the product overview, but the comparison chart did show that it can do that.

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Yes, it can.

1) – You have to have a bootable disk (cd or dvd) on which the acronis software has already been loaded. (It can be a disk provide by acronis, if you bought it in a box at a retail outlet, or it can be a disk you created with a feature provided in the software, if you downloaded the software from their web site.)

2) – You also have to have previously created an image backup of the original hard drive using the “disk clone” mode wizard. If your backup image was not “sector-by-sector”, using this disk cloning mode, you cannot do a bare-metal restore. The new hard drive does not need to be the same size as the old one, which means you can upgrade to a larger, newer hard drive without losing ANYthing on your smaller, older hard drive. The new hard drive does not even need to be partitioned or formatted: acronis sees all and knows all!

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