My hard drive is starting to fail, so I’m getting a new one and planning to clone my old one with Clonezilla.
In all the discussions I’ve found online though, none say whether things like Microsoft Office, your OS, or Antivirus (Vipre) will also be transferred in the process?
I’m concerned because I know I can’t manually move these to another computer. My antivirus for example is one I bought online and downloaded, rather than buying a disc, and is only eligible for use on one computer.
So, if I clone a new hard drive, will these automatically be cloned as well, and will they recognise the new hard drive as belonging to the same laptop that owns the antivirus license, and work?
Hopefully I’ve explained that clearly – if you want some more clarification just ask and I’ll be happy to provide it. I’d really appreciate any helpful advice people have, and I’ve included the basics of my laptop below just in case.
Laptop – Dell Inspiron 1545
OS – Windows Vista
Microsoft package – Microsoft Office 2007
Antivirus – Vipre Antivirus 2012
Yes, they should work fine.
I regularly upgrade drives with Seagate’s Diskwizard, that clones the drive to a USB interface then I swap the new drive in place of the old one.
Everything still works.
Note that the clone has all the same registration info & unique IDs as the original, so you can either store the original as a backup or erase & re-use it, but you cannot use a cloned drive in another PC with the original still in use – all the programs that use activation will get flagged as fakes on both machines.
If you want to duplicate a drive for use in another similar machine, you must run ‘Sysprep’ on it to erase all the unique IDs. (it’s on the Windows CD/DVD in the tools stuff).
One you start a machine with a clone in it, it runs a mini setup, generates new unique IDs and asks for it’s own unique Windows key. Each other activated program will require a key.
by: Robert J
on: 14th January 12