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Making a hard drive clone, OS and all.


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#1 Jason S

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 12:28 PM

My father is having problems installing windows XP on his desktop computer. I am having trouble explaining it to him over the phone, and he refuses to contact tech support. I had the idea this morning to just buy a cheap HDD, and clone mine, OS and all, and just mail it to him. Problem is, I don't have an XP install disc. The goal is to make an exact copy, without having to re-install everything, and with no boot disc. Is this possible?

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 12:39 PM

It won't work. You can't take a drive from one system (original OR clone) and use it on another and expect it to work unless both systems have the exact same hardware.

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 02:45 PM

Lets say they do have the same hardware, (i built them at the same time, they use to be servers and they are identical)Drivers shouldn't be an issue. Is it still impossible?

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 02:48 PM

If all of the hardware is truly identical then yes, it should work - though it's iffy if it is in contravention to Microsoft's EULA

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 05:03 PM

If all of the hardware is truly identical then yes, it should work - though it's iffy if it is in contravention to Microsoft's EULA


Technically, yes, it would be considered to be.

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 05:12 PM


If all of the hardware is truly identical then yes, it should work - though it's iffy if it is in contravention to Microsoft's EULA


Technically, yes, it would be considered to be.

Well, I think it's really a grey area. Apparently his father does have a copy of XP with what will be an unused license. I'm really not certain what MS would say.

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 05:42 PM

Yes, he does have a copy of XP, which he is trying to install on what i believe to be a corrupt Hard Drive. He uses his computer for similar purposes as me, so i thought it would be simple enough to just clone my hard drive onto a new one, and send it to him. However, it seems that this plan would be much more complex than if i were just to send him a clean HDD and tell him to install windows on that.




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