Take Acronis bare metal backup of Thinkpad X220 & restore to X230 : can it work

I'm replacing my faulty X220 with an X230 : is it likely to work if I take an Acronis
"bare metal"/"Image" backup of the X220 & restore into the X230?

If not, is there any way I can "update" the drivers after restoring into X230 or
do an Acronis "Universal" restore?   X230 uses USB3 ports & different keypads
while X220 uses USB2

I have quite a bit of software/apps which I don't want to reinstall on X230
thus resorting to this option
sunhuxAsked:
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Have a look on this article: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Backup_Restore/A_2569-Migration-to-dissimilar-hardware-How-to-migrate-to-new-hardware-without-OS-reinstallation.html
I think it should work even without adapting the OS to new hardware. 220 and 230 have same storage conteoller as far as I know and it is the most important part for compatibility. All the rest of drivers will be downloaded by Windows.
With Paragon you do not need to use drivers like with universal restore.

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sunhuxAuthor Commented:
>  All the rest of drivers will be downloaded by Windows.
So after the restore on the X230, boot up the X230 & it will automatically go to
Internet to download/update the drivers?  I don't need to do/initiate this other
than ensuring Internet is connected?

The most crucial items are:
a) motherboard/CPU are correctly detected
b) amount & type of RAM correctly detected
c) local HDD (as I  used Crucial SSD) & USB3 ports are correctly detected
d) Wifi/wireless driver & LAN port drivers are updated
e) sound/speaker, mic & video/graphics driver are detected
sunhuxAuthor Commented:
Or can I just transfer the SSD from the X220 to the X230 & boot up:
this is my actual plan
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nobusCommented:
as explained by noxcho - just replacing the SSD should work fine
it is wise to check in device manager - if all devices are properly installed; and it may require some time for downloading and updating drivers + a reboot
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
So after the restore on the X230, boot up the X230 & it will automatically go to
Internet to download/update the drivers?  I don't need to do/initiate this other
than ensuring Internet is connected?

The most crucial items are:
The most crucial items for you are storage controller (SATA AHCI) and network. All the rest can be downloaded from internet site of Lenovo. And Windows does it automatically. If it fails to install some driver for some hardware then you will be able to see this in Device Manager of your Windows.
In my opinion the most crucial is only storage controller. In other words your drive. If it is ok then your Windows will boot. There you can manually install WiFi network driver and connect to internet. So download manually the network driver for X230 and save it on USB stick.
Then move the system from X220 to X230 with Paragon and perform its P2P Adjust OS. This will disable all drivers WHICH ARE NOT NEEDED on new hardware. And will let your system boot on new laptop.
After that if network is not working - install the driver from your USB stick and see how Windows installs the rest.
sunhuxAuthor Commented:
thanks chaps.

Just one last clarification:
> So download manually the network driver for X230 and save it on USB stick
Any exact url/link to get this driver (presume it's the LAN & not Wifi driver
you're referring to).  

"install the driver from your USB stick" : is this driver an executable that I
just run or it is some sort of *.sys files that I need to copy over from the
thumb drive (or microSD) to the X230?
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
nobusCommented:
and  you can still just swap drives - and see what happens
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