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Can drive images be shifted across computers?


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#1 Random Bob

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:31 AM

I recently came across drive imaging software. I love PING and Clonezilla. I made a backup of my computer.

Now I have a doubt if drive images will work on different computers. I think windows may not work if I do it. Have any of you guys tried it? I also know that unnecessary drivers may be left installed. But the main question is will Windows work if I transfer a drive image to a different computer?

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:54 AM

the qick answer is no ,unless maybe if the computer its going to is identical to the one its coming from ,because it has al lthe drivers for the motherboard and other devices ,and then there is the Microsoft licensing of the OS

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:04 PM

It can be done either from manual offline editing of registry to fix driver problems (Very Hard) after restore ... or using some such as Acronis True Image with Universal Restore add-on (Somewhat easier but still problematic).

Generally it is easier to install OS and Software than bring your clone/image over to a new computer.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:42 PM

I've another question. Is shifting a drive image from PC to PC the same as shifting a Hard disk from one PC to another? And if this is the case I assume that hard disk shifting will have the same problem as you guys mentioned.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 04:54 AM

if you are talking about taking the hard drive outta one computer and moving it to another computer to access the files... then no it's not the same thing. If you are talking about moving the drive to a new computer to boot the OS and use the same programs that installed on that drive... then yes it is the same thing and you would run into the same problems.




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