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Clone hard drive and/or get Licenses key from it.

Clone hard drive and/or get Licenses key from it.

Clone hard drive and/or get Licenses key from it.

We pulled the HHD from the BCM50 to get a full dd of the hard drive and a copy of the Licenses key before my friend installs the BCM50 at his place.

We followed the windows disk system and Windows didn't see the HHD.

Then attached the HHD to a Linux system. Linux didn't see the HHD

On both, we tried SATA and SATA/USB connections. Neither worked.

We tried a spair HHD to the same SATA wire and both OS see it.

We just want to dd to hard drive and get the license key

What am I missing? Does the HHD need a pin somewhere on it?
Or is the HHD really used for the OS or just storage of logs?


RE: Clone hard drive and/or get Licenses key from it.

The HD has almost everything on it.

Sounds like the disk is a goner if you do not anything.
Windows will not see the Linux Partitions.

Did you try DiskInternals Linux Reader?

Will it boot back up if you re-install to the BCM?

If so then do a backup and get the code from there.

I have my own ways to get it too.


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RE: Clone hard drive and/or get Licenses key from it.

What type of Hard disk that you have?. The original Maxtor 40 gig ones tend to fail, but I have fixed a few of them by changing over the circuit board that uses 4 Torex screws.

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RE: Clone hard drive and/or get Licenses key from it.

The hard drive used by BCM50 is a completely standard SATA hard drive with 11 or 12 Linux partitions on it. Pretty much any Linux OS should recognize the drive, see the partitions and allow them to be mounted. The file with the keys is on one of the partitions.

As curly suggested, if the BCM50 is alive, it is much easier to make a backup, retrieve the backup from the system and extract the license file from the backup.

If the BCM is either release 5 or release 6, you don't have to do that at all. These releases store the license file also on an internal storage device on the mainboard. If you install a new (or different) hard drive without the correct license file, the file gets restored from the internal storage device. In other words, the most recent license file is kept by the release 5 and 6 software on the mainboard - that way you don't have to ever worry about losing it if the hard drive goes bad.

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