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Restoring Old Computer on New Computer

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My old computer is crashing, but I have it backed up on an external drive using Acronis 2017. Can I restore on a new similar computer (same make/model, same SSD & HDD, same memory, etc)?

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Durago, in principle the answer to your question is Yes but there may be other differences you need to take into consideration.

If your old computer using Legacy BIOS boot then this will need to be migrated to UEFI BIOS boot which Acronis can handle automatically provided the Acronis rescue media is booted in that UEFI boot mode on the new computer.

You may also need to create and use the Acronis Universal Restore boot media << AFTER >> restoring your old computer Backup image to the new computer.  AUR will attempt to resolve any issues with device driver differences between the two systems.  Note: you may need any driver disks that are provided with the new computer or made available via the makers web site.

See KB 58579: Acronis True Image 2017: Restoring to Dissimilar Hardware with Acronis Universal Restore and in particular review Steps 4 and 5 of this document.

Also KB 2149: Acronis Universal Restore

KB 36187: Windows activation required after restore with Acronis Universal Restore, cloning or converting backup to virtual machine

KB 45432: Acronis Software: Troubleshooting Universal Restore and Bootability Issues

KB 46405: Acronis True Image: Restored Operating System Fails to Boot

See KB 58816: Acronis True Image 2017: Creating Acronis Bootable Media - and KB 59184: Acronis True Image 2017: How to create a WinPE-based bootable media for more information on creating the media.

KB 59877: Acronis True Image: how to distinguish between UEFI and Legacy BIOS boot modes of Acronis Bootable Media