Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How can I prepare my Windows XP, NT, 2000 or Server 2003 system for cloning to different hardware?
In order to clone your Windows system to different hardware, you should first prepare Windows using Microsoft System Preparation Tool (sysprep). According to Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 298491, "One problem from duplicating an installation of Windows 2000 is that each cloned computer has the same security identifier (SID) and computer name. This may prevent the cloned computers from functioning correctly in a workgroup or a domain. To work around this problem, administrators use the System Preparation Tool (Sysprep.exe) to remove configuration settings that are unique to the computer such as the computer name and SID. The resulting image can then be safely reused for installation on other computers." This issue also exists in Windows NT 4.0, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, and thus computers running those operating systems must be prepared as well.
To download Microsoft System Preparation tool, click on your operating system: Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003.
In brief, here is how you prepare your hard disk drive in order to clone it:
Create Acronis Migrate Easy 7.0 bootable rescue media with Bootable Rescue Media Builder available in Acronis Migrate Easy 7.0 program menu.
- Run sysprep.exe. Microsoft provides you with the option to specify the following keys:
- -nosidgen If you plan to erase all data from the original hard disk drive and/or do not plan to use both original and new hard disk drives in different computers simultaneously, use this option.
- -mini If you plan to migrate your operating system to a computer with different hardware.
- Reboot the computer and boot it from the Acronis Migrate Easy 7.0 bootable rescue media. Now run the "Disk Clone" wizard, clone the prepared hard disk to a new one.
- Install the new hard disk drive into your new computer or configure your current computer to boot from the new hard disk drive and start it.
We recommend you to read Microsoft articles regarding using sysprep on your operating system, available at the following links: Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003.