If you clone the hard drive and the destination partition is different you
may have to run the Vista install disk in repair mode to fix the Vista Boot
Manager data store, so you can boot the cloned system. This is not as big a
deal as it seems.
If you change enough hardware then versions of Windows and Office since XP
will require reactivation. This is not a big deal either. If you
intentionally clone hard drives to get around licensing restrictions that is
considered piracy. The kind of cloning you are talking about would not be
I use Norton Ghost for this purpose and it works well. I have the 2003
version, which I believe is the last one to run in a DOS environment. It
has the ability to clone a hard disk or partition to an image file with
compression This can be restored to a working disk later. In fact I did so
yesterday. You can also use it to enlarge or shrink partitions. Just make
an image file, and copy it to a different sized partition. This method is
not as slick as some of the other methods available.
"Terence Oliver" <terencexx@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> I'm running Vista Ultimate and I'd like to clone my entire "C" HDD
> just in case there is a HDD failure or a Vista crash.
> I know there are some programs like Norton Ghost, but I learn that there
> are some activation related issues when cloning hard drives with Vista
> I'll appreciate any help regarding this matter, after going to clean
> install Vista for
> the fourth time I'd like to have a duplicate of my "C" HDD with Vista and
> my programs installed.
> What is the best way to achieve this?
> Thanks in advance! And...... HAPPY NEW YEAR!