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I have been trying to clone an IBM computer running windows 2000 to a compaq computer. But every time i start it gives an error of ntldr missing! Any tricks?

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How are you doing the clone? If you’re using Symantec Ghost, the images made using this product store information about the hardware. So generally speaking you can’t take an image of one computer and clone it onto a completely different one.

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  • GregNottage
    The problem is caused because of differing hardware between the two machines. What version of Windows are you trying to clone? If you use 2000 or XP, you need to use the latest version of Sysprep. This tool strips out the hardware specific info from the Registry and allows you to clone from one type of machine to another. It MUST be the latest version of Sysprep.exe and you can get this from the MS website. Once you've downloaded it, look at the accompanying help files for a feature known as SysprepMassStorage. This is the section of the .inf file used with Sysprep that will help you overcome your issue.
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  • Imaginetsecurity
    If you are trying to clone for disaster recovery purposes, you might look at NSI's "Double-Take". They have an excellent software-based replication system for disaster recovery and it is hardware inspecific. You get real-time data protection to reduce data loss and downtime, and enhances the performance of your existing backup apps. Double-Take monitors file changes as they occur on one (or many) of your source servers, replicating them in real-time to a target server over your existing network links. Find it here. http://sunbelt-software.com/product.cfm?id=111
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  • Poppaman
    You might also try removing all (ALL) devices from device manager which relate to platform specific hardware (video card, monitor, SCSI controller (if present), etc... - effectively creating a "bare bones" image. Run Sysprep, as previously suggested (this removes the SID(s)) and save the resulting installation as your base image. When cloned to a new machine, ypu may need to supply platform specific device drivers to replace those removed in the preparation process if they are not contained within Windows 2000 itself...
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