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With Laplink DiskImage you can make a backup or image of entire computers, single drives or files during running operations. By restoring such an image or backup later, a user has their normal and familiar working environment back again in a short space of time. The Hardware Independent Restore feature enables a system restoration onto machines with different hardware setups. This means a system image or a clone cannot only be restored onto Server and Desktop PCs with identical hardware, but also onto hardware where the processor or motherboard has been changed, for instance.
We call this function the Hardware Independent Restore. It is in enormous demand from customers and not nearly as complicated as you may think.
When is it used?
Hardware Independent Restore is generally used or enabled in the following cases:
Restoration of an image on a computer with different hardware or cloning/duplication of a computer
Enabling Hardware Independent Restore by using the boot media to exchange faulty or defect drivers of an existing system
Migration of physical computers onto virtual machines or virtual machines on physical computers´
What does it cost?
Unlike most of our competitors, Laplink does not charge any extra for this comprehensive function. It is included in the very competitive price of the product Laplink DiskImage, from just $39.95 for a full version with no time limits.
How does it work?
Windows operating systems must be compatible with a variety of hardware platforms. This portability is achieved through a special layer within the operating system, which is responsible for the management and control of hardware, architecture and machine-dependent devices, such as the I/O interfaces, Interrupt Controller and multi processor communication mechanisms.
This layer is commonly installed on and aligned to the current hardware on an installed and running Windows. If the hardware is exchanged, it becomes necessary to align the layer accordingly, to ensure smooth and continued functionality of the operating system and the programs installed.