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Windows 7: Moving Macrium cloned hd. from current computer.

28 Mar 2014   #1
billberry12

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Moving Macrium cloned hd. from current computer.

Can I put it in a new computer and it work on it.
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28 Mar 2014   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I don't think so. You will have problems with the drivers and if it is an OEM Windows, it will not activate.
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28 Mar 2014   #3
billberry12

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

But if I bought another laptop of the same model, wouldn't that work?
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28 Mar 2014   #4
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by billberry12 View Post
But if I bought another laptop of the same model, wouldn't that work?
Just as WHS said above, you could not activate it because it would not be a legal transfer of Windows 7. If you buy the same model of PC, it will come with Windows installed.
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28 Mar 2014   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Besides, even if the models look the same, they may have different internal components.
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28 Mar 2014   #6
billberry12

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

So, I suppose the only reason for a cloned copy is if your hard drives fails, you have a cloned copy to replace it with, or, if you buy a new hard drive, you can clone your old hard drive to the new one. Am I correct. Are there any other uses for cloning hard drives. And, which is better, a clone or an image. I'm just trying to get a clearer understanding of this.

Thanks for all your help.
Bill
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28 Mar 2014   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Normally you want to image. And you are right. The main purpose is to have a backup in case of problems (disk failure, virus, OS failure). The other use is if you want to transfer the OS to another disk - this happens often now as people install SSDs to replace their HDDs.
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28 Mar 2014   #8
billberry12

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Why image rather than clone?
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28 Mar 2014   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Besides the technical differences (sector to sector copy), clones don't work half of the time. Images are a lot simpler, you can make a new one every day and keep as many legacy copies as you have space.

But if you like to clone, go ahead. You will be the rare exception. Let us know how you make out.
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28 Mar 2014   #10
billberry12

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

I've just never imaged because I didn't understand it. I do understand that clone is an identical copy, imaging, I don't know what or how it works.
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