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Disk Level Backup - VHD - Windows 7 - Issues restoring

I have a backup of a Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit PC which creates a .vhd file.  This disk level backup is said to be hardware agnostic and can restore on dissimilar hardware.  The PC it was originally on is dual CPU, the PC which I'm trying to a restore on is a single CPU older machine (going from a PC with dual E5-2620s to a PC with single Xeon 5400 series CPU).

The restore process is like this one - where you put in the Windows 7 disc and then repair and select the system image on the network/etc

After it successfully goes through this process, the PC reboots, similar to a new installation, and then it starts to boot, the screen flashes the "Windows" logo and then it reboots again...this time it says it failed last time and do I want to go repair it/etc.

The only thing I can think of that might be tripping this up, is the fact that I'm going from dual cpu hardware to single cpu hardware, but again I'm trying this because my understanding is the backup file works on dissimilar hardware per manufacturers' claims.

Aside from my own assumption above, is there another reason this may not be working?  Any advice on how I can get this .vhd file to be restored?
Watch Question

Please start by pressing F8 just after post, like you are going to get into safe mode.  Rather than choose safe mode, choose "disable automatic restart on system failure".  It should start to boot, then fail again but this time will show you the stop error.  Please respond back with the stop code in hex, and the description.


0x0000007B (0xFFFFF880009A98E8, 0xFFFFFFFFC0000034, 0x0000000000000000, 0x00000000000000)

that's it
IT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009
The backup taken with Backup and Restore from Windows does not give you a possibility to move to completely dissimilar hardware. Microsoft says - no critical differences.
To boot the Windows on new hardware use P2P Adjust OS feature from Paragon Rescue Kit or fom their Hard Disk Manager 15 tool.
noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009
0x0007b exception is a missing driver for storage controller, as I said above you cannot adjust the OS simply by MS tools. Third party tool is needed here.
Look this article on: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Backup_Restore/A_2569-Migration-to-dissimilar-hardware-How-to-migrate-to-new-hardware-without-OS-reinstallation.html

7B is inaccessible boot device, as noxcho has pointed out.  Follow his advice.


I'll go with noxcho's advice, but here's what I used to create the backup just so it's noted it was not MS tools


I will file an eTicket with the manufacturer as well, maybe they left out some exceptions to the rule.

Also note that I checked the other PC and it did have an LSI HBA, which was being used to connect the SAS HDD since there was not an onboard SAS controller which throws another thing into the mix.

Thank you much