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You can use the System Preparation tool (Sysprep) for Windows to prepare a working Windows installation to be cloned. After you run Sysprep, you can use third-party disk-duplication software to create and apply the images. Depending on the third-party software you use to create and apply the images, you may be able to shrink or increase the disk image to fit the size of the target disk. For example, the image may have been created using a 12-GB disk but be applied to an 8-GB disk.
Applying an image created on a larger disk to a smaller disk is not recommended when you are using the NTFS file system because NTFS keeps information in its own metafiles about the size of the volume and location of its NTFS metadata. Allowing the disk-imaging software to extend or shrink the volume may compromise the NTFS file system's integrity. When you are using Sysprep with NTFS volumes in environments in which the drive sizes may differ, use the following method:
For additional information about using Sysprep with Windows, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/216937/EN-US/ )Windows 2000 System Preparation Tool and Answer File Usage