Universal Restore to dissimilar hardware from a Dual Boot system to a VirtualBox VM
I have a system that is setup to Dual-Boot a Windows 10 and Windows 7 OS. I am trying to restore the Windows 7 install to a VirtualBox VM with Acronis Universal Restore 2019.. So far, I have not been successful. I would like to know if this is possible and how to accomplish it. I'm thinking that because the source Windows system is dual boot that Acronis doesn't know how to handle it when restoring to dissimilar hardware. Or there is something I need to do to make it work.
The basic steps I took are:
- Created a VM and installed Windows 7 on the VM that is the target for the restore with a slightly large virtual disk than the source system and 4 GB memory. (I can provide additional specs if it turns out to be relevant to my problem.)
- Created a Acronis Bootable Media ISO on the VM. I am using Acronis True Image 2019.
- Create a Full disk backup of the source system, including both OS partitions. On the boot disk, the Windows 7 partition follows the Windows 10 partition.
- I booted the VM from the Acronis ISO and used True Image to initialize the disk,
- This is where is gets sticky.
- When I restore the backup to the VM, do I restore the whole disk, or can I restore only the Windows 7 partition?
- If I do, what do I have to do to get the boot loader to boot from the correct partition.
- If I restore the whole disk (with the Win 10 and Win 7 partitions) will that boot?
- What steps do I take on the VM to remove the Win10 partition?
Am I going about this all wrong and is there a better way? I know there are also driver issues that I need to address but that's doable, and can wait till i get a system that is at least able to start booting.