Posted on 2012-08-10
Last Modified: 2012-08-15
Hi,  i have 2 xp pcs (xp01 & xp02) and 2 win 7 pcs (win701 & win702).  They all have licensed operating systems installed and purchased application software.   I would like to clone the system drive on xp01  as a bootable system drive with all the application software and then physically replace the system drive in xp02 with this physical copy of xp01's system drive so that both pcs are exactly the same.  Also, if i made two of these physical new drives i would have an immediate backup if either system drive failed.  I store only operating system and installed application software on my current system drives ("C").  Therefore, i am not concerned with having the physical bootable clone up to-date on a real-time basis.  If this is doable for the xp machines I would like to do the same thing for the win 7 pcs.  Thank you for your help, Clarke
Question by:CLARKESR
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    This is doable.  The main issue with "Cloning" is that if there's any hardware differences in the machines you might run into issues.  There's many products out there that can assist with this.
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    You can do it almost without problems (Windows 7 have no so many problems with different hardware as XP). Windows 7 should be activated on a new computer. If computers are in domain, will be better to run sysprep or remove cloned computer from domain before it is connected to network.
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    Yes--this can be done. On both operating systems get the master system into state you want it to be. The run sysprep on it (IN Windows 7 this is a little more complicated; in XP simply run sysprep once you ahve the master system) then clone it. I recommend clonezilla--free and easy to use and follow, even for first time users. If you want to see videos on how to use this go to youtube and type in clonezilla--many to choose from. And this is an experts exchanged approved article on Windows 7 and sysprep and this video may help --this is a pretty good one and this one is about the XML file

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