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How can I prepare my Windows XP, NT, 2000 or 2003 system for cloning or migrating the data to different hardware? In order to clone your Windows system or migrate it to different hardware, you should first prepare Windows using Microsoft System Preparation Tool (sysprep). As it stands in the 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 and Windows XP, and thus computers running those operating systems must be prepared properly as well. To download Microsoft System Preparation tool, click on your operating system: Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP. Microsoft System Preparation tool for Windows Server 2003 is available in the Deploy.cab archive that resides in the \Support\Tools\ folder of Windows Server 2003 installation CD. In brief, here is how you prepare your disk drive to create a master clone image or to migrate data: Create Acronis True Image 8.0 Server for Windows bootable rescue media with Rescue Media Builder available in the Tools menu of Acronis True Image 8.0 Server for Windows. Run sysprep.exe. Microsoft gives you an option of specifying the following keys: -nosidgen : If you plan to erase all data from the original hard disk and/or do not plan to use both original and new hard disks in different computers simultaneously, use this option. -mini : if you plan to migrate your operating system to a computer with different hardware. Prepare to reboot the computer. First, put the Acronis True Image 8.0 Server for Windows bootable rescue media in the CD drive and boot the system. Then run the program and create an image of the prepared hard disk. Install a new hard drive onto your computer or take the image you just made to your new computer. Boot from Acronis True Image 8.0 Server for Windows rescue media again and restore the image to the new hard drive or computer. Reboot the computer. 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.