I have been able, in the past with PATA drives, to set up one system with all the software needed and simply create a ghost image of the drive for later use when more systems come in for setup. It works perfectly. Now, however, I am unable to do so with SATA on the newer systems I am getting.
I use Ghost 2003 on Windows XP on an IDE only MB with a SATA add-in card. The drives are recognised just fine and creating the image works fine. When I go to restore the image to the next hard drive, it is successful.
I place that hard drive into an identical system model (example. Dell Optiplex GX280 or GX620) and the system acts like it is going to boot normally; however, I get just a cursor flashing in the upper right hand corner of the screen. It's almost like there is an issue with the boot partition.
If I take the drive out of the system and connect it to (what I call my Image System), I can read it and it looks to have all the files from the drive where I created the image. I can browse through and see everything right down to desktop shortcuts. I just cannot get the drive to boot when connecting it to an identical system i used to create the image.
Your help is much appreciated. Should I be looking for another software to create these images? Ghost just does it so quickly on both backup and restore, I would hate to lose it.