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Turns out, everything's fine with the hardware on the office machine... but the partition has somehow become deleted (unrecoverable). It's not a big deal, data-wise-- everything important is on another machine. But setting it up again with all the proggies and users is going to be a beyotch.

So, here's my question...

I purchased three computers at the same time. Identical hardware, set up with identical software. They all have windows 2000 pro. Forgive me if I sound naive in my simplicity, but can't I just clone one of those other harddrives and change the computer name or something?

I need a solution, fast, or else I'll have to fly to NY to fix this crap. Not that I'd mind the visit, but my plate is full already.

Please kindly to help?

I'm feeling all kinds of: geeky fixy
What I hear: gears grinding in my head

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kvance From: kvance Date: October 3rd, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Same hardware? Excellent. Your should run sysprep before you clone, which clears out values that were generated during the installation.

Note: I've never actually used sysprep, only read about it. Hopefully someone else can tell you more. There's your fast answer though :P
ldy From: ldy Date: October 3rd, 2006 05:19 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Excellent-- I would have missed that. Thanks!
dormando From: dormando Date: October 3rd, 2006 04:22 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Norton Ghost or similar, + what kvance said.
ldy From: ldy Date: October 3rd, 2006 05:20 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Tanku :)
antinomic From: antinomic Date: October 3rd, 2006 05:00 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Realize that the Wookies at MSFT will realize you have 2 machines with the same serial number and may disable updates. But you should be able to plug in the original serial number, sorry I don't know how. But that is a problem for the future.
keethrax From: keethrax Date: October 3rd, 2006 05:19 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Pretty sure sysprep should take care of that, so long as you know what the serial number and such should be.
ldy From: ldy Date: October 3rd, 2006 05:24 pm (UTC) (permalink)
I think it does, though it shouldn't be an issue with Win2k pro. Afaik, Windows Product Activation only works with XP (and later).
keethrax From: keethrax Date: October 3rd, 2006 10:04 pm (UTC) (permalink)
So used to fixing crap in XP I completely missed that this wasn't. Doh!
ldy From: ldy Date: October 3rd, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Afaik, Windows Product Activation is not an issue with WIN2K Pro.

Even if I couldn't change the serial, there's always a workaround.
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