Cloning Drives Problem

Discussion in 'Computers' started by Robert Houghton, Dec 10, 2003.

  1. Robert Houghton

    Oct 30, 1998
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    I recently upgraded the motherboard, processor, and memory. Since I had XP OS, i did the repair install. After that I had to reactivate XP on line, which was no problem. I have since cloned my drive with DriveImage, and just to make sure that in an emergency I would be able to swap out the drives, I booted up with the cloned drive. Just as the desktop was to come up, It said that extensive changes were made to my system and that I would have to reactivate in 3 days. I put my original drive back in and there were no messages. I thought that when you cloned a drive, it would be exactly like the original. Is this not true?
  2. Patrick Sun

    Patrick Sun Moderator

    Jun 30, 1999
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    Welcome to the wonderful world of XP activation, IIRC, the activation gets tied into the hard drive itself, (like the HD's serial number, in an effort to stem the tide of people putting XP all over the place on different hard drives).

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