• Status: Solved
  • Priority: Medium
  • Security: Public
  • Views: 175
  • Last Modified:

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
0
paulbarstool
Asked:
paulbarstool
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
  • +3
1 Solution
 
nappy_dCommented:
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):

[Ghost]
device=himem.sys /testmem:off
device=oakcdrom.sys /D:mscd001
device=btdosm.sys
device=flashpt.sys
device=btcdrom.sys /D:mscd001
device=aspi2dos.sys
device=aspi8dos.sys
device=aspi4dos.sys
device=aspi8u2.sys
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 :(.
0
 
gurutcCommented:
Hi,

Another way to do this is to use the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows, at www.ubcd4win.com

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
0
 
torimarCommented:
Several ways of creating USB enabled DOS boot disks are listed and described here:
http://www.bootdisk.com/usb.htm
0
 [eBook] Windows Nano Server

Download this FREE eBook and learn all you need to get started with Windows Nano Server, including deployment options, remote management
and troubleshooting tips and tricks

 
paulbarstoolAuthor Commented:
Where can I find the
device=aspiehci.sys /int /all
sys file?
Thanks
paul
0
 
nappy_dCommented:
Here it is...download 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 :)

ASPIEHCI.txt
0
 
veedarCommented:
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. http://clonezilla.org/
0
 
gurutcCommented:
Clonezilla, how cool.

- gurutc
0
 
dcbrown72Commented:
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.

http://www.ubcd4win.com
0
 
dcbrown72Commented:
Also, don't forget to run sysprep before you create you ghost image file
0
 
paulbarstoolAuthor Commented:
I am still testing this out. Will get back to you later on this week.
0
 
nappy_dCommented:
Which suggestion are you testing? All or a specific one?
0

Featured Post

Free Backup Tool for VMware and Hyper-V

Restore full virtual machine or individual guest files from 19 common file systems directly from the backup file. Schedule VM backups with PowerShell scripts. Set desired time, lean back and let the script to notify you via email upon completion.  

  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
  • +3
Tackle projects and never again get stuck behind a technical roadblock.
Join Now