imaging software that work on different hardwares

Posted on 2006-06-07
Last Modified: 2010-04-29
I am looking for an imaging software which it can clone an image of my computer and use this image on another computer. Those two computers can be two PCs with different hardwares. Please give me a list of software wheather they are paid or free. It would be nice that you can state the pros and cons of the software.
Question by:jeffrey1101
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    by:Renato Montenegro Rustice
    There is no specific software for doing that. Cloning software, like Norton Ghost, just make a raw copy of harddisks or partitions. Each operating system will behave in its own way when started on diferent hardware.

    If you are working with Windows, run sysprep (search in Microsoft Download Center for it) before creating your disk image.
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    by:Renato Montenegro Rustice
    There is a technique that works fine for Windows (2000 at least):

    1) Install your operating system
    2) Install your applications
    3) Run Windows setup again from within Windows
    4) When system restarts, do not let it boot. Create the disk image now.
    5) Clone your disk and let windows boot. It will recognize the differences.

    I think Windows XP will recognize new hardware without any problems after clonning. Have you tried it?

    Dont forget to run sysprep if your machine is going to be part of a Windows domain.
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    Acronis ( do what you want (make a ghost image and is able
    to restore to dissimilar hardware). It´s paid.
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    Guys you cant do this.  

    Acronis is some great imaging software....

    However if you are using windows XP or above, you wont be able to do this without reactivating your product.   They keep track of what hardware you have and major changes forces you to re activate.  

    There is even a chance that your image wont boot at all since the hardware is so different.  The drivers can be bypassed in safe mode but its a hassle to get everything working just right from what you are wanting to do...

    Hope this helps, and good luck.  Just be careful with your data and know that this is about a 50/50 shot of working / crashing

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    I am looking at something besides Acronis. I need to clone images on Windows and Linux machines.
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    hi jeffrey,
         imaging a disk is nothing but cloning the disk.(i.e) it makes a orginal copy of disk, and put it on another disk. there is nothing behind it.

    the hardware dependis are handled by drivers of OS. which can't be solved by imaging software.

    even it's possible means, windows or linus operating system vendor wouldn't need to provide a installer, better they could provide a data, that you can copy into your disk and start a OS(without installation and hardware identification).

    the reason behind this is, each hardware vendor provides a different hardware setting and different interupts to handle the data.(for example, take a 15" monitor from the samsung, that has the setting like horizontal frequency, vertical frequency, maximum pixel resolution, EGA, VGA or SVGA. supose if your OS was set with some settings to send a signal to monitor and if you changed the monitor means it will display with junk). you could be familiar with these, if you have tried installing linux older versiion 6.0 or below.

    some how later OS's like XP are shiped with large number of drivers, and that's y it is managing it OS with major hardware changes.

    imaging software itself couldn't be provided with the solution, what you have required. it depends mainly on OS.
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    As said above, you can use any imaging software, and acronis is very capable of imaging windoze and linux system. But again, the drivers and also installed versions of the OS can be so different on different hardware, that it's not worth the try because after restoring an image you'll need at least as much time changing and tweaking settings as if you had installed manually in the first place. Linux, if it doesn't have a specialy built kernel, is more likely to run out of the box, but it will have some problems mainly with newer SATA controllers. Knoppix will work as is on almost any hardware. For windooz you should be looking at an unattended installation method which, once setup properly, can save a lot of time
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     hi Jeffrey
    I'm not sure what exactly are u looking for but anyway,
    For cloning of Windows system  Acronis Worstation will suite u.
    it solves the main problem that arises while Windows is set on to new PC (Os will ask for  drivers, TI workstation itself
    contains different types of drivers and selects the proper one automatically).
    Now, if u need to operate with Linux system from the Linux one there are different free utilities (search the proper one in google).
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    Acronis has some additional inteligence besides simply cloning the disk image that allows to restore
    on diferent hardwares. Read the website.
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    Hello guys,
    Have you heard about Universal restore from Acronis? []
    I have several computers in a workstation, so I had to have the same systgem conditiom on all my PCs. BTW hardware was different, Acronis could restore one image on every PC clearly.

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