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How does putting a disk image over an encrypted drive work?

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Ok here is what we are doing. We have a bunch of these HP mini 1101 netbooks and we used TrueCrypt to fully encrypt the HD on them. When we did that it basically killed the batter so now we have to take it off. So completely redid one from the XP disc that came with it. then got all the updates and everything we wanted on it then i make a image of the HD with Clonezilla. My question is though is there going to be any issues with putting this image over a HD that has the encryption on it. How does Clonezilla reformat the drive because when it says formatting it took like 5 seconds then the reimage only took about 2 minutes to put one on there. I know when you use the XP disc and reformat a drive it normally takes a little longer then that.
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When a drive is cloned, there's essentially no "formatting" done as such.  The structure formatting was already done on the original drive, and that structure is duplicated onto the drive that is being cloned to.  All that the cloning program needs to do is minor structural adjustments that reflect things like the actual physical size of the drive.

The cloning process destroys whatever structure was previously on the target drive, so there should be no issues with the target drives regardless of what was on them originally.
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Thanks for the quick response we were thinking that might be the case but wanted to get it confirmed on how it worked. Thanks again
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