Jump to content


Register a free account to unlock additional features at BleepingComputer.com
Welcome to BleepingComputer, a free community where people like yourself come together to discuss and learn how to use their computers. Using the site is easy and fun. As a guest, you can browse and view the various discussions in the forums, but can not create a new topic or reply to an existing one unless you are logged in. Other benefits of registering an account are subscribing to topics and forums, creating a blog, and having no ads shown anywhere on the site.

Click here to Register a free account now! or read our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.


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

  • This topic is locked This topic is locked
4 replies to this topic

#1 ruel.mateo


  • Members
  • 9 posts
  • Local time:02:29 PM

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?

Thank you.

BC AdBot (Login to Remove)


#2 hamluis



  • Moderator
  • 56,266 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Killeen, TX
  • Local time:01:29 AM

Posted 20 September 2009 - 08:35 AM

Do you have a volume license to install XP?

Does each system have a different license/key?


#3 Romeo29


    Learning To Bleep

  • Members
  • 3,194 posts
  • Gender:Not Telling
  • Location:
  • Local time:01:29 AM

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/

#4 Layback Bear

Layback Bear

  • Members
  • 1,880 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Northern Ohio
  • Local time:01:29 AM

Posted 20 September 2009 - 10:40 AM

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

#5 garmanma


    Computer Masochist

  • Members
  • 27,809 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Cleveland, Ohio
  • Local time:02:29 AM

Posted 20 September 2009 - 11:07 AM

No it is not

No subject matter will be allowed whose purpose is to defeat existing copyright or security measures. If a user persists and/or the activity is obviously illegal the staff reserves the right to remove such content and/or ban the user. This would also mean encouraging the use or continued use of pirated software is not permitted, and subject to the same consequences.

Posted Image
why won't my laptop work?

Having grandkids is God's way of giving you a 2nd chance because you were too busy working your butt off the 1st time around
Do not send me PMs with problems that should be posted in the forums. Keep it in the forums, so everyone benefits
Become a BleepingComputer fan: Facebook and Twitter

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users