21327: Acronis Backup 11.5: Fix Bootability with Acronis Universal Restore

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Last update: 22-08-2014

How to use Acronis Universal Restore without recovery to fix operating system bootability

This article applies to:

  • Acronis Backup 11.5 (Acronis Backup & Recovery 11.5) up to Upgrade 5
  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 11


With Acronis Universal Restore you can recover system backup system of one machine to another one with dissimilar hardware.

It is also possible to use Acronis Universal Restore to restore system bootability without performing an actual restoration.

This can be useful in the following scenarios:

  • Hard disk is moved to a machine with dissimilar hardware;
  • Motherboard of the machine is changed;
  • Incorrect drivers were specified during previous recovery with Acronis Universal Restore;


Before restoring the backup to a new computer with dissimilar hardware please ensure the following:

  • You have Acronis Bootable Media with Acronis Universal Restore. See Acronis Backup & Recovery 11.5: Creating Acronis Bootable Media;
  • The system whose bootability you want to restore is a supported Windows operating system. See Acronis Universal Restore;
  • You have drivers for the hard disk drive controller or chipset drivers for the new computer. These drivers are critical for booting the operating system. You can download the drivers for your motherboard on the Vendor's web-site. Please note, if you downloaded the drivers in *.exe, *.cab, *.zip format, you should extract them first. The driver files should have *.inf, *.sys or *.oem extensions.
    (!) The product does not support or install plug and play drivers.

Restoring system bootability with Acronis Universal Restore:

  1. Boot the target machine from Acronis Bootable CD. (Make sure that the primary boot device is set to CD-ROM in BIOS);
  2. Once loaded, select Acronis Backup (Acronis Backup & Recovery):

  3. Click Manage this machine locally:

  4. Click Fix bootability with Universal Restore:

  5. If there are several operating systems on the machine, select the correct operating system in Select OS menu. If only one operating is present, the product will select it automatically:

  6. Specify a location where Acronis Universal Restore should search for drivers for the new system (Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL), HDD controller driver and network adapter drivers):
    • If the drivers are on a CD/DVD or another removable media, set Search removable media to On:

    • If the drivers are on a network location or on external drive, press Add folder and specify the folder with drivers:

  7. Press Add driver in Mass storage drivers to install anyway to specify drivers manually. These drivers will be installed even if Acronis Universal Restore finds a more suitable driver during automatic search:

    Use this setting in the following cases:

    • If automatic driver search does not help to boot the system;
    • Target hardware has a specific mass storage controller, such as SCSI or RAID;
  8. Review the details and click OK to start the operation:

  9. The operation for driver replacement will start:

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