unusual copy problem

I recall from my days of working with DOS that it was possible to copy from computer to computer the entire os,  don't have data on subject handy.  And have an old compaq to copy down to from a optiplex gx 520.  Most of my work has been with IBM equipment.  This other stuff from dell is foreign to me.  Any help with the cable transfer method to copy OS would be of help.  Many thanks F.P.
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rindiCommented:
Use a utility like bootit-ng, You can image your partitions, or also copy them. This makes a 1 to 1 copy.

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MrunusualAuthor Commented:
Dear Rind,
Thank you for your response.  I will purchase the system you suggested.  However, the problem i have is not directly going to be solved by this simple method of making a copy of the OS and installing it on the computer in question.  You see the machine is in the Philippines and i am in New York.  I have to install a new working system on my friends machine.  I don't know what kind of equiptment she has so i will make a copy of a system that is working from a Dell gx520 and send her the disc, so she can replace her corrupted xp Pro OS.  Originally i had intention of sending her a hard drive and have her install it and return the old one to me, so that i could restore it.  But your solution is probably less costly in the long run, as the shipping cost and the cost of the drive would be much higher than my purchase of the system you suggested.  I will test it on one of my IBM desktop units that i recently purchased.  Thank you for your input, i really appreciate your help.  Regards F.P.
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MrunusualAuthor Commented:
Dear Rind, I sent you a message with the system that presented itself earlier.  My response was lengthy, and detailed i surmise that you will be able to read it. Again I thank you for your response.  Regards F.P.
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rindiCommented:
You shouldn't copy the OS from one manufacturer to another. That won't work as the OS will only work on PC's of the same manufacturer, and also then only if the hardware of both PC's are very similar. This is due to the fact that it was licensed for that hardware only. Microsoft's licensing is very limited with this. Your best chance here is to ask her to get into contact with HP in the Phillipines, give them the model number of here PC, and then they should be able to send her the recovery CD's for her PC. This will not cost too much, she stays legal, and after reinstallation of the OS from those CD's the system should work again, provided her harddisk is OK. If not, she may also have to get a new HD.
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MrunusualAuthor Commented:
Thanks again Mr Rind, however she does not know what the manufacture is.  And the entire control panel is missing so there is little i can do with the machine.  I have already spend about 5 hours connected to her machine using "Go to Assist" the rate of speed that was provided using the service was so slow due to the amount of corruption on her machine that it took me that much time to use ccleaner to remove a years worth of cookies and other junk plus cleaning up the desktop and adjusting other acpects so that it in part could be somewhat used.  The original system was butcherd by whoever she let touch the machine down there.  They obviously took her legitimate copy of xp pro, and left her with what remained that could not be updated.   The system had not been updated at all, so it was virtually worthless.  I will try to see if i can get in touch with the original owner who was second removed from her sister here in the US, to learn more about the product and see if i can get a disc as you suggested.  I've got about 50 ibm t-22's 25 ibm 600X's and 5 ibm t-42's plus several ibm desktops.  So i only work with ibm equiptment.  Thanks for the tip i knew that i was risking a problem with my original intent to send a hard drive.  But if it in part worked then i would have her hard drive which i could check out and work with.  In any case thanks a bunch for the continued help.  Regards Frank P.
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rindiCommented:
I thought you mentioned it was an old compaq (which is HP now). So HP would be the manufacturer. You'd have to find the model number, but that should be written somewhere on the case. Tell her to look at all labels on the PC and write down what is written on them.
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MrunusualAuthor Commented:
Hi Again Mr Rindi, don't you ever sleep?  (; )) no i was going to use one of my other junk machines to set up for a scsi hard drive download if i could use my hp up grade windows system.  If i learned that her machine was an HP.  But since it is now known i have to work along other lines, as you indicated.  The problem is i have not been able to contact her sister and get the info i need.  But thanks anyway for the help.  I surmize that you are somewhere where its daytime,  I've been up since 10:30 last night working with the midnight oil burning.  I am about to fall asleep so good night sir.  Have a good day, regards Frank P.
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rindiCommented:
I'm in switzerland which is at least 6 hrs. ahead of US time...
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