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Topic # 88606 19-Aug-2011 08:30
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Cloned my Windows 7/64 Home Premium from 230GB HDD to 2TB HDD.
Used a copy of HDClone.

New hard disk booted up and started to load Windows.
Reported setting up desktop.
Finished with a light blue screen saying that Windows was not genuine.
No desktop icons appeared.

With the original DVD I tried a Repair and Install repair.
Tried tabbing and various other keyboard tricks....
All no good.

Ended up re-installing Win7.
Activation was no problem.

The new install left an old copy of Windows on the system.

By the way the second partition had all my data on it so not all was lost.

Anyone else had experience with Win 7 cloning update issues?




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  Reply # 509026 19-Aug-2011 14:41
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OEM versions of windows 7 are activated for the machine they are installed on, a hash of system hardware eg: the cpu/mobo/disk is used to caclulate a value to tell whether you're trying to use an OEM version on a different machine.

Normally if the hardware is mostly the same you just get a prompt to reactivate. HDClone must have done something weird to majorly change the hardware hash.

I've used Acronis and Macrium Reflect, haven't run into a similar problem.

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  Reply # 511473 24-Aug-2011 20:50
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I've used Acronis and Macrium Reflect, haven't run into a similar problem.

Is Seagate's DiskWizard any good for cloning an oem copy of win7 home premium?


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  Reply # 511553 25-Aug-2011 01:24
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Maybe try partitioning the larger HDD to similar size of the original win7 then clone it or use 
EASEUS Partition Master (Home Edition) allows you to easily create, delete,  format, convert or explore partitions on your hard drive.  A few clicks and you can also resize, move, hide or unhide existing partitions - all without harming your data. Also included is a Copy Wizard.  "Upgrading from smaller disks to larger disks is easily accomplished with the help of the copy wizard." the copywizard feature should do the job 

good luck,


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  Reply # 511666 25-Aug-2011 10:17
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I cloned my new Seagate HDD last night using their version of Acronis' Disk Wizard.

The 60GB cloning process took less than 25mins with three reboots(two for the installation process and the last for when you swap over the drive and then it sorts out the MBR).

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