Need help on making a complete copy of hard drives

Posted on 2005-05-13
Last Modified: 2010-04-26
I will be setting up approximatley 30 computers and within the 30 computers there are three sets of identical units. To expedite the service, I have completely set up one computer but now I would like to know what is the best and most economical way to mirror this hard drive for the rest of the computers in the same set?  
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    You don't mention what OS you are running, but if these are new machines, it is likely to be WinXP or Win2K.  Sysprep is a highly recommended way of rolling out copies of installations:;en-us;302577&sd=tech

    Some more information pertaining to Sysprep, and why it is preferable to Ghost:

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    Windows ME, these are older machines and we are trying to keep the resources at a decent level.
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    If you have a Windows ME site license, then do an install on the three unique setups and use HDClone to copy the drives.  It is cheaper than Ghost and should handle Windows ME without a problem
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    dont all of the hard disk makers include tools with their new hd's(or download them at their website)

    wd's datalifeguard should be able to do the disc copying

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    You might wish to try this free hard-disk cloning software: XXCOPY
    summary of xxcopy features :                 
    Cloning the Win9x system disk using XXCOPY:
    Supersedes Microsoft's ROBOCOPY ( XXCOPY vs ROBOCOPY) :

    good luck
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    First comment, Windows ME is the worst Windows Operating system ever released.  I'd use 98SE instead of ME any day, and I think that almost everyone would agree.

    I don't want to get into the legal issues, except to say that there obviously are some, and what you are doing may not be legal.

    As for how to do it, for Windows 9x, make up the "prototype" hard drive, and then use Drive Image, Ghost or Acronis True Image to make an image file and apply that image file to the other drives.

    This strategy will not work for any NT/2000/XP system, for which there are other strategies (far more complex), but it will work for 9x.


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