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    Embedded hdd serial number

    Hi, i'm new member this forum and i need any explanation.i use dev c++ bloodsheed 5.11 and are a "rookie" to programming.
    but question is: how to embedded a serial number hdd in exe.
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    but question is: how to embedded a serial number hdd in exe.

    What does that mean?

    Do you want to know how to retrieve the hdd SN?

    Do you want to know how to "embed" the hdd SN in an exe?
    What does "embed" mean?
    Why do you want to do this?
    Maybe there's a better way to do what you want.
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    Presumably the OP is trying to emulate 1980's software 'protection' by locking the installation of the software to the hard disk it was installed on.

    This is a stupid idea for several reasons.
    1. Actual paying customers who want to upgrade their machine are suddenly faced with a dog's breakfast. Some will become ex-customers at that point.

    2. Technically minded crackers who what to rip you off will easily circumvent your efforts (and were never going to give you >$0 to begin with). If deemed worthy, they'll then publish the 'how to remove copy protection from foo'.

    3. Non technically minded thieves who were never going to give you >$0 to begin with, will just google "how to remove copy protection from foo" and be off and away without a second thought.

    This kinda worked-sort-of in the 1980's when there wasn't an all-pervasive web that allowed 2 and 3 to find each other.
    Trying to be obscure no longer works.
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    Unhappy

    when retrieved hdd serial number, fill a program.exe, for utilization only personal pc ("anti-pirate"):(
    but salem saying is not good idea:(:(
    Last edited by CRISTIANO; 03-18-2020 at 11:30 AM.

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    Another way??????

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    Quote Originally Posted by CRISTIANO View Post
    Another way??????
    Another way to make your software unlikable to the general public?

    Or another way to what?

    Tim S.
    "...a computer is a stupid machine with the ability to do incredibly smart things, while computer programmers are smart people with the ability to do incredibly stupid things. They are,in short, a perfect match.." Bill Bryson

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    Consider different revenue alternatives.
    Software as a service - Wikipedia
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    I think, input a password, will be insufficient, then software and password They will be distributed......my program, is a game low cost always that I'll be able to sell..
    i am italian mechanic engineer and to the first impact with c++ and sdl library, very happy for what I've done
    thanks you..for reply....

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    type the following command in command prompt:
    wmic diskdrive get SerialNumber

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    If you do try to continue on this path, I would suggest the Network media access control (MAC) address instead of Hard-drive serial number.
    The old systems tended to support a multiple of ways of which those were two ways. They allowed the user to choose between the two ways.
    The better ones used all the ways and as long as one of them matched allowed the software to run.
    The MAC address is normally on the Motherboard.

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