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Does USMT migrate from computerless hard drive? Or, is there another tool?

Sometimes a motherboard dies and you want to replace it with not exactly the same model. Of course, then the OS (Windows) on the hard drive won't boot. Is there any way to make the OS installation on the hard drive hardware independent? Perhaps by cloning it and booting the image in a virtual machine and then SYSPREPing it?

What is the quickest way to do this? I know I can take the data off by hand and then re install the OS and then put it back by hand--very time consuming. Does USMT migrate from computerless hard drive? Or, is there another tool?

Thank you.
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Jeff swicegood
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
USMT stands for User State Migration Tool.  This has nothing at all to do with the Operating system but allows one to move the users information / settings from one machine to another.   It does not do applications but just the application settings same as for the operating system.  Most solutions would require an image taken before the motherboard swap and not post-facto.  Ths was more of a problem with Windows XP than with Windows 7/8 as normally you can get the machine setup to boot i.e.setting sata controllers to IDE / Compatible mode

Acronis TrueImage with Universal Restore MIGHT work in this case.  I'm not entirety sure on driver injection into the acronis recovery disk.
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nobusCommented:
Paragon has a tool for adjusting to other OS : Paragon adaptive Restore (i tried it)
http://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components/adaptiverestore/index.html

but i found with W7 - it will boot, and start loading drivers.
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Jeff swicegoodAuthor Commented:
Great. Information I did not know!
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