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trueimage 2019 - acronis universal restore / rescue media builder - serious confusion / use-case

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i am confused of these two tools ... Acronis universal restore and Rescue media builder

I am still not clear once drive is fully backed up; how to do a restore on the exactly same HW; all manuals regarding Acronis universal restore talking about dissimilar hw... but my use case is similar hw (only new drive)


Also whats the point of Rescue media builder tool?


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John, the standard rescue media is all that you need if looking to recover your backups to the same computer / hardware.  Note: a simple change of disk drive or memory does not affect this.

Acronis Universal Restore is intended for when you are trying to migrate the installed OS & apps etc from one computer to a different one, i.e. with a different motherboard, processor etc.  It was designed originally for older versions of Windows such as XP, Vista, 7 etc but has become less needed with Windows 10 or later where the OS is much better at handling hardware changes.

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Hello John,

here you can also find the more detailed steps on how to use Acronis Universal Restore in case you need to migrate to a dissimilar hardware

Please let me know, if you have any questions.