Paragon Knowledge Base System Last Edit: 06.06.2011
ID 1215:   Copy or Restore a system partition to another computer

Q: Can the program deploy somehow the system partition to another computer? E.g. can I make a backup image on one machine and restore this image on another one?

A: The program allows to duplicate the system partition. It will create the exact copy of all files, directories and filesystem metadata. Because of exact data copying, hardware settings in a cloned operating system (so-called "hardware profile") WILL NOT be changed. In case the original and destination machines have same or almost same hardware configurations, the cloned system partition will be workable even on another computer.

In case hardware configurations are quite different, an operating system won't work. This note refers to practically all operating systems including all versions of Windows, Linux and DOS. The ability of flawless copying of a system partition to another computer fundamentally depends on an operating system being copied.

As for cloning Windows system partition:

  • at first attempt to boot from the cloned partition, start Windows in Safe Mode and allow the system to adapt to the new hardware configuration.
  • in case the previous step fails, re-install Windows over the existing system partition. Most of system settings and installed applications remain workable after this action.

You can also use Paragon Adaptive Restore add-on to adjust copied system to new hardware. You will need to open P2P ("physical-to-physical") section and run "Adjust OS". Adaptive Restore add-on is available with Drive Backup 9.0 Professional and higher, and all editions of Hard Disk Manager 2009.

Paragon Virtualization Manager 2009 also has a feature of "Adjust OS" to new hardware.


Covered Products :
1Partition Manager 7.x Enterprise Server Edition,    9.0 Server Edition,    9.0 Server Edition Japanese ,    8.x Professional Edition,    10.0 Professional Edition,    8.5 Professional Edition,    10.0 Server Edition French ,    11 Server Edition,    11 Personal Edition,    10.0 Professional Edition German ,    10.0 Server Edition German ,    8.5 Server Edition,    8.5 Enterprise Server Edition,    7.x Professional Edition,    7.x Server Edition,    for Virtual Server,    7.x Personal Edition,    8.x Enterprise Server Edition,    10.0 Server Edition,    10.0 Professional Edition French ,    10.0 Personal Edition English ,    11 Professional Edition,    9.0 Professional Edition,    8.x Personal Edition,    9.0 Personal Edition,    8.x Server Edition,    9.0 Enterprise Server Edition,    10.0 Server Edition Russian ,    10.0 Personal Edition German ,    9.0 Professional Edition Japanese ,    8.5 Personal Edition,    10.0 Professional Edition Russian ,    10.0 Personal Edition Russian
2Drive Backup and Backup&Recovery 9.0 Professional Edition Japanese ,    7.x Professional Edition,    9.0 Personal Edition German ,    9.0 AQ,    8.5 Personal Edition,    7.x Personal Edition,    & Recovery 11 Suite,    & Recovery 10 Suite,    & Recovery 10 Free Edition,    9.0 Personal Edition Polish ,    10 Professional Edition,    9.0 Professional Edition Chinese ,    8.51 Professional Edition,    9.0 Personal Edition French ,    9.0 Professional Edition German ,    9.0 Professional Edition Spanish ,    9.0 Professional Edition Polish ,    8.x Personal Edition,    9.0 Personal Edition English ,    9.0 Professional Edition Russian ,    9.0 Professional Edition French ,    10 Personal Edition,    8.x Professional Edition,    9.0 Professional Edition English ,    9.0 Personal Edition Russian
37tools products Partition Imager 2005,    Exact Image 2009,    Partition Manager 2009
4Deployment Manager 7.0 Standard Edition
5Drive Copy 8.x Professional Edition,    8.5 Personal Edition,    9.0 Personal Edition Polish ,    10 Server Edition,    9.0 Personal Edition German ,    9.0 Personal Edition English ,    8.5 Professional Edition,    9.0 Professional Edition Polish ,    9.0 Professional Edition English ,    8.x Personal Edition,    9.0 Home,    10 Personal Edition
6Magazine (Covermount) Versions Festplatten Tools 2008 German ,    Festplatten Manager 9.0 PC Welt
7System Upgrade Utilities 2010 Suite
8Hard Disk (Festplatten) Manager 7.x Personal Edition,    2010 Server Edition,    8.5 Personal Edition,    2009 Suite English ,    2008 Professional Edition,    6.x Personal,    8.5 Server Edition,    Festplatten 2008 Suite,    8.x Server Edition,    8.x Professional Edition,    6.x Professional,    2010 Suite,    2010 Professional Edition,    2009 Server Edition English ,    2009 Professional Edition English ,    2009 Professional Edition French ,    2008 Server Edition,    for Virtual Server,    Home Expert 2008,    2011 Suite,    Festplatten 2009 Server Edition German ,    Festplatten 2009 Suite,    8.5 Professional Edition,    2009 Server Edition Russian ,    Home Expert 2009 Russian ,    Festplatten 2009 Kompakt German ,    8.x Personal Edition,    2009 Professional Edition Russian ,    2008 Suite
9Exact Image 7.x,    7.5
10Virtualization Manager 2009 Personal Edition,    2009 Corporate Edition,    2010 Consumer Edition,    2010 Corporate Edition,    2010 Professional Edition
11Discontinued Partition Manager 6.x Personal,    Hard Disk Manager,   Drive Backup,    Partition Manager 6.x Professional
12Drive Backup 9.0 Enterprise Server Edition English ,    Server Express 2008,    9.0 Workstation Edition English ,    9.0 Server Edition Spanish ,    9.0 Workstation Edition German ,    9.0 Workstation Edition Russian ,    9.0 Server Edition Japanese ,    8.51 Small Business Server Edition,    8.51 Enterprise Server Edition,    8.x Enterprise Server Edition,    9.0 Server Edition Russian ,    10 Server Edition,    9.0 Server Edition Chinese ,    9.0 Server Edition French ,    9.0 Server Edition English ,    7.x Server Edition,    9.0 Server Edition German ,    10 Workstation Edition,    9.0 Enterprise Server Edition Russian ,    9.0 Enterprise Server Edition German ,    8.x Small Business Server Edition,    8.51 Server Edition,    10 Server Express Edition,    9.0 Server Lite Edition Russian ,    10 Small Business Server Edition,    8.x Server Edition
13Total Defrag 2009,    2010,    2007
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