can an OS backup work on other hard disks?

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by tendercare, May 15, 2006.

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  1. tendercare

    tendercare Registered Member

    May 15, 2006

    For instance I just installed:

    1.windowsxp (with slipstreamed service pack 2) updates
    4.Tweak UI office
    6.photoshop cs
    8.printer & scanner software

    (no motherboard & videocard drivers yet)

    then I backup my OS using Acronis,

    Can that backed-up OS be used to operate other hard disks? I have 3 pcs to setup and I was wondering if it was possible to go through the drudgery only once o_O
  2. jmk94903

    jmk94903 Registered Member

    Jul 10, 2004
    San Rafael, CA
    The answer is a definite perhaps. Are the systems essentially identical? If so it will probably work, but you will have only one Windows XP install code. That's going to cause problems later on and would be a good reason not to do this.
  3. rafael

    rafael Registered Member

    Apr 30, 2006
    It will only work if all computers have exactly the same system and hardwares. I mean everything must be identical. One computer can download security patches from microsoft but the other two will have problems as validation ( checking of system, hardwares and licenses ) needs to be done and previous patches checked from data base before before downloads will be allowed.

    To simplify matters, It will work if everything is the same and but never never do security updates to the other two computers. In my opinion, it is best to have separate licensed xp os for each computer.
  4. Howard Kaikow

    Howard Kaikow Registered Member

    Apr 10, 2005
    Not only better, to not do so is illegal.
  5. TheQuest

    TheQuest Registered Member

    Jun 9, 2003
    Kent. UK by the sea
    Hi, rafael

    I differ on that statament.

    If the Chipsets are the same it will boot, but there will be the drivers to sort out. :'(

    Then there's the Repair Install. o_O

    Or tendercare can try Acronis FAQ (sysprep). :mad:

    Also the is the Case that Howard Kaikow points to:-
    It's a must to get another [second] Licence.

    Take care,
    TheQuest :cool:
    Last edited: May 16, 2006
  6. DeLorean

    DeLorean Registered Member

    Jan 27, 2006
    It can be done if the hal.dll on the source pc is compatible with the required hal.dll of the destination pc.
    More info about compatibility of the hal.dll :

    But cloning an image to multiple pc's is illegal if you not got
    the right license from Microsoft to deploy 1 Windows installation to more than 1 pc.

    Last edited: May 16, 2006
  7. Acronis Support

    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

    Apr 28, 2004
    Hello tendercare,

    Thank you for your interest in Acronis Disk Backup Software.

    Please accept our apologies for the delay with the response.

    Besides of the above posted recommendations, I would also like to mention that even in case of using Microsoft System Preparation tool (sysprep) no one can guarantee the successful transferring of the operating system to a computer with hardware configuration different from that of the original machine. The point is that sysprep allows replacing drivers only for Plug-and-Play devices (sound cards, network adapters, video cards etc.). As for system HAL and boot device driver, they must be identical in the source and target computers (see Microsoft Knowledge Base, articles 302577 and 216915).

    If you want to be completely sure that the restored operating system will boot and function normally then we recommend that you use Acronis True Image 9.1 Workstation in conjunction with Acronis Universal Restore for your purposes. Acronis Universal Restore technology provides an efficient solution for hardware-independent system restoration by replacing the crucial HAL and hard disk controller drivers. Please read more information on how to use Acronis Universal Restore in Acronis True Image 9.1 Workstation User's Guide.

    We also recommend that you download and install the free trial version of Acronis True Image 9.1 Workstation to see how the software works on your particular software\hardware configuration.

    If you want to obtain the free trial version of Acronis Universal Restore then please submit a request for technical support using Ask a question before you purchase Acronis software link. Explain your wish to obtain the free trial version of Acronis Universal and provide the link to this thread in your request.

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    If you have any further questions concerning Acronis software, please feel free to submit a request for technical support or post any of them on this forum. We will certainly try to help you in resolving any issues.

    Thank you.
    Alexey Popov
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