40351: Acronis Products: Recovery of Windows XP or 2003 from IDE to AHCI Mode Makes System Unbootable

Last update: 28-01-2020

When performing a recovery of an Windows XP or 2003 Server system with a change from IDE to AHCI makes the system unbootable after succesfull recovery. To fix this issue, use an older Intel storage driver.

This article applies to:

  • All Acronis Backup products


  1. The backed up machine has Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 as operating system;
  2. The source machine uses IDE for the storage drives;
  3. The target machine uses AHCI mode;
  4. The recovery is performed, Acronis Universal Restore is applied;
  5. The system does not boot.


During the Acronis Universal Restore operation, an Intel driver (RST driver is used. Intel chipset drivers after version are not supporting Windows XP or Windows Server 2003. As a result the system is unbootable.


You can work around this issue, using the last compatible driver.

Please download this driver (RST driver and use it during Acronis Universal Restore operation.

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Feel free to contact Acronis Support if you need additional assistance.