Cloning old computers Windows 2000

I have (30) Hp vectra P3 1000 ghz sff, that I need to setup for a school.  I have licenses for the Win2000 Pro for each machine.   Ive already setup one of the computers the way we want it.  Each system has 3.5 disk drive, 20gb, 512ram, cdrom drive and 2 usb ports.  

Ive tried using Norton Ghost 2003 and make a backup to an external usb drive.  I then created the TWO boot diskettes and installed usb drivers so it would find the external drive.  This did not work.     I also attached an external cd burner, even tested the drive and it burned a CD the normal way.  But when I try to use Norton Ghost to burn the Ghost CD, the backup doesnt find the external cd drive.  Ive changed the .sys files in the config.sys but that doesnt seem to help.  The external cd drive is a generic Cendyne DVD/CD burner.

Is there an easier way?  I have an external usb drive that I would really like to use by booting off a diskette.  

Any ideas? Thanks
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nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
The key here is to be able to initialize your USB ports in dos.

You are most likely missing a section such as this in your config.sys file(see the italicized and bolded line):

device=himem.sys /testmem:off
device=oakcdrom.sys /D:mscd001
device=btcdrom.sys /D:mscd001
device=aspicd.sys /D:mscd001
device=aspiehci.sys /int /all

Next search the internet for aspiehci.sys This file is needed to initialize your USB CD/DVD drive in DOS.

I would create for you a bootCD image but EE does not allow it to be posted :(.

Another way to do this is to use the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows, at

You can build in Ghost 8 support to do the imaging.  Or you can use the DriveImage XML utility that comes in the ubcd4win.

Either way, you have full 32 bit access to your drives and peripherals such as USB.

Good Luck,
- gurutc
Several ways of creating USB enabled DOS boot disks are listed and described here:
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paulbarstoolAuthor Commented:
Where can I find the
device=aspiehci.sys /int /all
sys file?
nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
Here it it and change the name back to .sys fron .txt

Let me know if it is corrupted.

I searched the internet for months about 2.5 years ago for this file but can't remember where I found it :)

An easier and free way would be to download and burn a Clonezilla Live CD it will autodetect all your hardware and let you create/restore an image from an attached USB drive.

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Clonezilla, how cool.

- gurutc
dcbrown72Senior Systems EngineerCommented:
Ghost is still one of the best cloning utilities available... However, using Ghost Boot disks is not always the most efficient way.  Try this, go to the UBCD4WIN website and download the program.  If you have ghost and ghost server is one of your options then you can hook all the PCs at one time up to an ethernet network and user ghostcast server to push to all simultaneously.  Its really easy and UBCD4WIN gives you all the instructions you'll need to setup the Ghost software in the package list.
dcbrown72Senior Systems EngineerCommented:
Also, don't forget to run sysprep before you create you ghost image file
paulbarstoolAuthor Commented:
I am still testing this out. Will get back to you later on this week.
nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
Which suggestion are you testing? All or a specific one?
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