Solved Restore image using Acronis

March 23, 2017 at 18:11:42
Specs: Windows 7 , 4 GB
Hello,
I have 2 computers e.g. A and B. On A every night Acronis creates a full copy i.e. clone.
Computer B does not have Acronis installed.
My goal is to re-image B by using image created on A. I don't need anything on B anymore. I just want B becomes like A.
I am not familiar with Acronis at all ... I just got this process from someone and I don't have Acronis software to install on B.
Could someone please advice how could I "convert" B into A ?
Thanks

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March 24, 2017 at 09:14:52
You won't need another version of Acronis. Look in the Acronis folder under Start, All Programs. There will be an option to create a bootable, portable version on a CD or thumb drive. Once you create that, copy your image files to a portable hard drive. Then plug the thumb drive and portable hard drive into the other computer. Boot to the thumb drive then when it asks for the image files, point it to the portable hard drive.

It's been a while since I've used Acronis so I may be mistaken about where the option to create the portable version is. I think it's in the Acronis folder but if not, it might be an option in the main program itself.

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#1
March 23, 2017 at 20:40:29
I doubt it will work. The A-image is for the A-hardware configuration & will not work on B. Not to mention windows licensing rules.

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#2
March 23, 2017 at 20:45:29
Well ... I know that ... but I have to try anyway ...
Could someone suggest the steps I should take to try to do it?
Thanks

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#3
March 24, 2017 at 03:20:44
Which version of Acronis do you have?

Also make of the hard drives involved... I ask this question as with most new drives either there is included a cut down version of Acronis (or similar), which enable one to clone a new drive from an existing drive; or that software is available on the site pertinet to that new drive. Equally that software from one drive's site will likely work with other makes of drive, since it is a reduced/cut down version of a regular utility such as Acronis.


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#4
March 24, 2017 at 03:30:51
Presuming you do clone successfully, as "susja" comments,it's highly unlikely to work immediately., for reasons he mentions.

You likely would run a repair installation of the cloned drive so as to rewrite the relevant files etc. related to the "new" computer hardware; B in this case being the "new" computer.

Licensing wouldn't likely be an isuue if you're intending to use only the B computer with that license.; as you would reregister/re-activate it. This presumes the current licens is not an OEM. If it is then highly unlikely you can transfer it to another computer. But if it's a retail license, then there ought to be no problem in reregisterig it for B.

Retail licenses are moveable, OEM generally not. MS have been known to be flexible about OEM in some circumstances....


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#5
March 24, 2017 at 04:15:55
Folks,
Thanks for reply.
I will check later the type of licensing of my Acronis on computer A has. I will check for Acronis version as well.
Both PC's are quite old ~3-4 years old.
I will also check for hard drive models and update you.
Well stlll not clear to me at this point if I need to install Acronis on computer B or I could use some kind of bootable agent on computer B or etc...
Thanks

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March 24, 2017 at 09:14:52
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You won't need another version of Acronis. Look in the Acronis folder under Start, All Programs. There will be an option to create a bootable, portable version on a CD or thumb drive. Once you create that, copy your image files to a portable hard drive. Then plug the thumb drive and portable hard drive into the other computer. Boot to the thumb drive then when it asks for the image files, point it to the portable hard drive.

It's been a while since I've used Acronis so I may be mistaken about where the option to create the portable version is. I think it's in the Acronis folder but if not, it might be an option in the main program itself.

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#7
March 24, 2017 at 09:56:44
If you have Acronis already installed on (in this case) computer A, then yes you can make a bootable media disk/flash drive. I prefer the cd/dvd over the flash drive.

If you're not sure where the method is in Acronis, either post back with the version details you haver, or google for it (create bootable media for Acronis X - where X is your version number) or check on Acronis web site/support for your version.

In some versions the bootable/rescue media is listed under the File menu.


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#8
March 24, 2017 at 11:25:24
Thanks so much.
I'll start to play with it.
Version that I have is:
Acronis True Image 2014 Premium. Full version.. Build 6673. Sync agent version: 17,0,0,1877

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#9
March 24, 2017 at 13:16:12
It has everything you nedd to create bootable media.

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#10
March 27, 2017 at 12:52:36
Hey Folks,
Today I've got a chance to look into PC.
Under 'All Programs' I found Acronis-Tools and Utilities - Bootable Rescue Media builder . This bootable Rescue Media builder points to Program Files - Acronis - MediaBuilderHome.exe.
I don't see bootable software. Maybe I should run MediaBuilderHome.exe to create it?
Could you please clarify?
Thanks

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#11
March 27, 2017 at 21:24:53
Go ahead and run it and see what .happens

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