You'd need Hub Protect for the migration; the free cloud option is only available for migration to a C-8 (not C-7). The C-5 will probably let you make the free cloud backup and have it be available on any hub with Hub Protect, even if it's not a C-8 (though that is the case where it will let you restore it without a subscription). So, you probably won't need it on the C-5. But even if you do, you can transfer your subscription so would not need to purchase one for each hub.
When I click "Transfer Subscription" on my C-5 hub,
I'm prompted: "Transferring Hub Protect subscription will PERMANENTLY erase ALL cloud backups. Once erased, cloud backups are NOT recoverable by anyone. "
So, how can I use Hub Protect to migrate from C-5 to C-7 without 2 Hub Protect subscriptions?
Should I do this?:
transfer my subscription from my C-5 to my C-7 (which will erase my C-5 cloud backup)
do another cloud backup on my C-5 (assuming I can do this without a Hub Protect subscription on my C-5.)
But since you can make a cloud backup on any earlier model (with some caveats) for C-8 migration and I think that backup is available via Hub Protect on any hub, regardless of origin, I still think you could get by with having it only on the new one.
I think your plan would work.
[EDIT: I forgot that Hub Protect backups can actually be restored to any hub registered to the same account, with or without Hub Protect -- though you'll need to hit the "Show all backups" link to see them if you don't have it. So, it should work with Hub Protect on the C-5 until you're ready to transfer it to the C-7 -- say, once you know everything works -- if nothing else.]
Yes, the purpose of Hub Protect is to safeguard your existing data, so you can be able to continue uninterrupted. The recently added transfer feature ensures that you have continuity in Hub Protect service too.
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