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Clone Hard Drive CS2 ACTIVATE Win10

Community Beginner ,
May 22, 2024 May 22, 2024

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Adobe hasn't supported CS2 for many years. Re-activation isn't possible. If you need a new hard drive as I, it seems you are out of luck.

 

BUT...  if I cloned from original Western Digital 1 TB to another Western Digital 1TB hard drive with same model number would clone work? What about the year and month of hard drive, would that have to match as well? (2009). I'm asking if anyone has actually done this or have a good source of someone who has. All my programs after clone, Microsoft etc. work except Adobe.

 

Adobe for awhile provided a replacement program that didn't need internet activation but that is long gone as well. I'm happy with the entire collection of CS2. A subscription is nearly $1000 per year. Help if you can.

thank, jerry

 

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May 22, 2024 May 22, 2024

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I think you're out of luck. The activation infos are written into a sector of the hard drive that no clone program can read.

 

My System: Intel i7-8700K - 64GB RAM - NVidia Geforce RTX 3060 - Windows 10 Pro 22H2 -- LR-Classic 13.3.1 - Photoshop 25.9.1 - Nik Collection 7 - PureRAW 4 - Topaz PhotoAI 3

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LEGEND ,
May 23, 2024 May 23, 2024

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CS2 is dead. It may not even run under Windows 11. Time for something new.

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Community Beginner ,
May 23, 2024 May 23, 2024

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Did you even read my question?

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May 23, 2024 May 23, 2024

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Even if activation data can be cloned, which it supposedly can't:

 

Since the purpose of activation is to detect changed hardware, I think it's safe to assume it looks at the drive serial number or other unique identification.

 

In any case, if you've done it and it doesn't work, there's your answer.

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LEGEND ,
May 24, 2024 May 24, 2024

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Yes and my answer stands. Cloning will not work, CS2 is dead. I'm not sure how else to explain.

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Community Beginner ,
May 25, 2024 May 25, 2024

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CS2 runs fine in Windows 10. Today I still use the entire Suite on a weekly basis. Far from dead. I can run from a SSD drive or boot from the old drive and use CS2. My question still stands. I know CS2 won't run with a cloned SSD drive, but will it work with an identical Western Digital drive same model. Clone copies the ID from old drive to the SSD but there is something else CS2 looks for besides the ID. Perhaps a techie would know.

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