or if your plan will be effective. I think you are saying you want to test hardware by just using a "ghost" copy of the OS from another system. As long as the HD from which you make the ghost image does not see the new hardware, it will not be affected. However, a clone of it will see the new hardware and might refuse to run....in fact, it usually does just this requiring a repair installation and activation to make it usable. It might be just as easy to do a new installation of XP on the test box. You just never present this box on line and try to activate it or update the OS or you jeopardize your legally running copy. Such is what I do when I test a PC to see if I can upgrade to XP from an older OS. I do this to see if it's worth paying for another copy or using up one of the licenses from a multi user pak. Hope this makes sense.
I have a skeleton system that i use for testing most removeable computer componets befor installation to the system it was bought for. Now if i wish to ghost a HD, can I put both the source hd, and and the recieveing HD IN this system just for ghosting purpose. Once the ghosting process is done i would remove both HD and then reinstall the hd that belongs to the skeleton computer and place the newly ghost hd in the computer i wish to put it in. Can this be done