Backing up the Photoshop CS3 "activation file"

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Father Kodak, May 25, 2009.

  1. Father Kodak

    Father Kodak Guest

    About a month ago, Windows stopped working on my desktop system, so I
    had to wipe the C partition and reload Windows and all my
    applications. Since I also have CS 3 installed on my laptop, I was
    unable to do an online activation when I re-installed CS3 on my
    desktop. Fortunately, Adobe will allow you to re-activate CS3 after
    you explain the situation to them by phone.

    Obviously I don't want to repeat this experience. But I almost did,
    when my _laptop_ wouldn't boot up after I made some changes to
    Windows. Fortunately I was able to recover this time.

    So now I'm thinking that when Adobe activates CS3, it either creates
    an "activation file." I know that Microsoft does that when you
    activate Windows, and you can back up that file in case you have to

    Anyone know if Adobe does the same? File name?
    Father Kodak, May 25, 2009
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    Father Kodak Guest

    Track 0? Cylinder 0?
    Does that mean that this internal ID key is not even backed up with
    imaging programs like Ghost? Or file-based backup programs that allow
    a full restoration of the C: dive? If that is the case, that is
    pretty bad.

    Father Kodak
    Father Kodak, May 26, 2009
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  3. Get Acronis - from that you can if you have a spare Hard drive and you can
    connect it to the computer so it becomes a part of the computer - you then chose
    the 'Clone disk' and you have an exact copy of your present state of the whole
    disk - perfectly legal and perfectly sure - that also get you past having to
    contact Microsoft if you disk goes down again - as it will some time. I speak as
    one who lost a 200GB and replaced it with a 500GB - everything intact and ready
    for use.

    B|rge in sunny Perth, Australia
    nesredep egrob, May 27, 2009
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    Rob Guest

    As I understand its in the root of the HDD, where the factory settings
    are, which you can't/don't access. The only way to delete it is with a
    full deep format of the drive(write all 0's over the whole surface)this
    takes hours. Unlike what you usually do with formatting is just write
    over the allocation table.
    Rob, May 27, 2009
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    Rob Guest

    and the activation is heaps better with CS4 not as many problems, I
    don't think they use Macrovision scheme or that itself has been improved.
    Rob, May 27, 2009
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    Tom Brown Guest

    Does this work with the normal Acronis full backup, or is it only with Clone

    Leo in sunny Auckland - NZ

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    Tom Brown, May 27, 2009
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    Voivod Guest

    Why the **** is this checking plain text for viri?
    Voivod, May 27, 2009
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    Joel Guest

    I don't know about Clone Disk as well as CS4 which I don't have, and CS3
    which I am using but haven't run into copy protection problem. But with my
    CS2 I ran into the problem which I believe the Hard Drive Defragger caused
    the problem, and I just used the help from cracker. I had problem with CS2
    2-3 times, and so far none on the CS3

    And *if* Adobe works the way I think it does (or similar to some other)
    then the chance of using Clone Disk won't do the trick, because a slightly
    change in the system may require a different System ID. Some program will
    give a different system-ID everytime you install the program. What I mean
    that may be within seconds/minutes, and this is based on few registered
    sharewares I have.
    Joel, May 27, 2009
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    Joel Guest

    Me? if I run into the problem then I may just search for help from backer
    world. But so far, I haven't had any problem with CS3 yet, but I did have
    some problem with CS2 which I didn't bother to call Adobe but replaced it
    with the cracked version instead.

    As I have mtnioned in other message that I believe (1) once the hard drive
    defragger caused the problem, and (2) the second time caused by anti-virus
    program or something I can't remember.
    Joel, May 27, 2009
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    Voivod Guest

    Take the comedy act on the road... maybe you'll get hit by a bus.
    Voivod, May 27, 2009
  11. You need a spare hard disk that you are prepared to place in the computer. That
    disk should be clean. Clone is really meant to be used when you want another,
    bigger or newer hard disk to take the place of the one in use
    Børge in sunny Perth, Australia
    nesredep egrob, May 28, 2009
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    Father Kodak Guest

    After the experience described above tried to clone the disk drive in
    my Lenovo laptop onto a larger drive, using Norton Ghost 12. Darn
    thing simply did not work! I did the process 3 times to make sure it
    wasn't some kind of fluke error. No joy (in Mudville that day.)

    Father Kodak
    Father Kodak, May 29, 2009
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