How to transfer an old computerhardware with MBR to a new Hardwere with EFI using veeam backupsoftware?

Transferring an old computer’s Master Boot Record (MBR) to a new one with EFI using Veeam Backup & Replication software involves a multi-step process. Veeam primarily focuses on virtual environments, so if you are dealing with physical machines, you may need to use additional tools or methods for bare-metal recovery. Here’s a general guide for transferring MBR to EFI using Veeam. This process may vary depending on the specific versions of Veeam Backup & Replication and the operating systems involved. Always consult the documentation for the specific versions you are using.


  1. Backup the Old System:
    • Use Veeam Backup & Replication to create a backup of the old system.
    • Ensure that all necessary data, applications, and configurations are included in the backup.
  2. Install Veeam on the New System:
    • Install Veeam Backup & Replication on the new system.
  3. Restore the Backup:
    • Use Veeam Backup & Replication to restore the backup to the new system.
    • During the restore process, pay attention to the options provided by Veeam, especially those related to disk configuration.
  4. Convert MBR to GPT:
    • After the restore, you’ll likely need to convert the disk from MBR to GUID Partition Table (GPT) format. This is necessary for EFI compatibility.
    • Use a partition management tool (e.g., Disk Management in Windows) or a third-party tool to convert the disk to GPT. Make sure to back up any important data before performing this operation.
  5. Adjust EFI Boot Settings:
    • Configure the EFI boot settings on the new system. You may need to access the system’s UEFI/BIOS settings and set the boot mode to EFI.
    • Check the boot order to ensure that the EFI partition is selected as the primary boot device.
  6. Verify Operating System Bootability:
    • Ensure that the operating system boots correctly in the new EFI environment. If there are any issues, you may need to repair the bootloader or reinstall it.
  7. Update Drivers and Settings:
    • After successfully booting into the new system, update drivers and settings to match the new hardware configuration.
  8. Test and Validate:
    • Test the new system thoroughly to ensure that all applications and configurations are functioning correctly.

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Important Considerations:

  • Compatibility: Ensure that the old system’s operating system is compatible with the new hardware and supports EFI.
  • Backup Validation: Before making changes to the new system, validate the Veeam backup to ensure its integrity.
  • Documentation: Consult the documentation for Veeam Backup & Replication and the operating system for any specific steps or considerations.
  • Professional Assistance: If you’re not comfortable with these procedures, consider seeking professional assistance to avoid potential data loss or system errors.

Warning: Always follow best practices and test thoroughly in a controlled environment before performing such operations in a production setting.

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