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Cloning images independently from hardware

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does any solution exists to clone disk images that can work independently from hardware ?

If not what would one do manually in order to do so ?
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Question by:Maidine Fouad
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Cloning is by definition a 1:1 copy. So it has to be hardware dependent. You'd have to change it's name from cloning to something else to comply to your needs...

Partition Images on the other hand can restored without having to restore all the files from the image, which means you can remove drivers etc. A lot of imaging software can do that and they call this function differently. Paragon, one of the best manufacturer of tools that offers this, calls it "Adaptive Restore".

M$ deployment tools lets you build a system image without hardware dependencies, so that you could use to deploy your system to multiple different PC's.

For all the above you must be careful of the licensing constraints though. You can only deploy Windows OS's that way to different hardware if you have a volume license.

If you are moving the OS of an existing PC to a new one, you'll get problems when you try activating the OS on the new PC. OEM windows versions can generally only be moved to other hardware if you live in the EU or countries like Switzerland. Outside of that area m$ will normally not reactivate the OS.
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David Johnson, CD, MVP earned 1008 total points
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Rule #1 create the golden image on a virtual machine to eliminate any hardware dependencies.
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You are looking for "Hardware Independent Restore" or "Bare Metal Restore"
Most reputable backup companies will have products that do this
We use ShadowPotect https://www.storagecraft.com/products/hardware-independent-restore-technology
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by:Maidine Fouad
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thank you for providing solutions

i think for my case i will Create the Image on a VM , and V2P using one of the provided solutions after testing

Thank you for your time
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