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safe to clone one HDD content and run it on other PC?


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#1 ruel.mateo

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 05:07 AM

I just wonder,if we have more than 30 similar PCs. Taking into considerations that the similar PCs have similar HDD capacity, similar Hardwares. If I create a clone [image file] of the operating system of one of the PC and copy it to other PCs. Will it create error on those machines? Will it still be better to have a clean fresh install of individual PCs to install Windows XP?

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 08:35 AM

Do you have a volume license to install XP?

Does each system have a different license/key?

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 08:36 AM

That's what OEM's like Dell, HP etc. do. They install Windows, drivers and other software on one PC then create an image of the hard disk. Then they copy the binary image of disk onto other PCs of the same model. Later they change the Windows CD key on every PC. This way installation(?) is faster on all PCs.

This would work only on PCs with same kind of hardware. You can alter a few things like DVD drive, RAM and few peripherals etc.. On Windows startup, it will detect the hardware and install drivers for them. But at least motherboard should be identical or its a mess. Also the Windows activation would become an headache if you alter hardware.

You may find these links useful :
What is Disk Image? : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disk_image
PING : http://ping.windowsdream.com/
Clonezilla : http://clonezilla.org/
Partition Image : http://www.partimage.org/

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 10:40 AM

Romeo29 is what you posted legal to do with out a volume license to install XP?

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 11:07 AM

No it is not

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