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Is there any way to duplicate a Mac hard-drive.  I recently had to setup a Mac lab at work and did not have the greatest experience.  All of the Macs were the same PowerPC 6300.  I spent 1.5 days configuring one Mac with all of the apps (network and local) that I needed and then tried to 'image' the hard-drive.  I tried two programs: Shrinkwrap by Aladdin Systems, and, Disk Copy.  Both apps seemed to really be geared for imaging diskettes, not harddrives.  I made successful images but could only mount them as volumes.  I couldn't apply the the image to a harddrive.

My final solution was to create a boot disk from a Syquest external SCSI drive and format the harddrive.  Then, copy down an entire image from the a fileserver manually to each machine.

Is there anything like Ghost for the Mac?
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use retrospect and synchronize all the macs to one fileserver. there are also several shareware doodads on amug (mostly applescripts but some applications) that will do the same to a more limited degree. anyway my solution would be to use a synchronization tool to make them all identical.
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Thank you.  I've never heard of Retrospect.  I'll look it up.
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its a commercial program but VERY useful for a network of macs. I use it at home for my 5 and it works perfectly.
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