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How to clone hard disk to multi different computers?

My customer ask me to format all his 12 computers, since that to format each one will take almost 3 hours included the updates and software installation, I was thinking of the way to prepare one of these 12 computers, with all programs and windows updates, then use some software to clone it to the other 11 computers, but I don't know which software can I use, and since the computers are not the same, is the OS will boot up on the others?!????
Any help???
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houssam_balloutCommented:
if the hardware are not the same then you cant use the same clone.
but you can had an unintended installation of XP that automate the install of windows.
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arefoneAuthor Commented:
Ok, how to do the unintended installation of XP???
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houssam_balloutCommented:
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arefoneAuthor Commented:
but in this way I need to re-install windows on each machine???!!!!
Right? if yes please advice if there is another way more intuitive!
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houssam_balloutCommented:
yeah, but there would be no user intervention. you just put the CD and it plays away
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arefoneAuthor Commented:
did you ever use paragone disk copy with the new RestoreAdaptive function?
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houssam_balloutCommented:
I use oither backup and restore software
but take into consideration that every computer has a different motherbaoard so you can't use the same image for mutiple PCs
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arefoneAuthor Commented:
You know what!, the publicity of Paragon Disk Copy says that the new function Restore Adaptive is dedicated for this case, when you need to copy your harddisk to new hardware computer!
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Adam LeinssCommented:
You can usually "cheat" by changing the mass storage drivers to the generic ones bundled in Windows before you take an image:
http://www.leinss.com/movexp.html
Then you can use something like Clonezilla or Macrium Reflect Free Edition  to take an image.
If these PCs have RAID SCSI or SAS, forget it and just do them manually.
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arefoneAuthor Commented:
Hi Aleinss, I have a couple questions>
1. On the page where there is "1. Place the hard drive from the affected PC into another PC as a slave drive" written, Which one is the affected pc and which one is the another??????
2. Doing what is on the webpage, I don't need to install anything other than the drivers????
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KechkaCommented:
Acronis have Universal system restore. You create one machine, make image and use Universal system restore option to restore image on other computers with different hardware, works great, but it's commercial.
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arefoneAuthor Commented:
I know Kechka, other being commercial, you need also to buy Server 3 licence to use universal system restore!!!!
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Adam LeinssCommented:
All you need to do is change the mass storage drivers on the PC you are creating the image on: you do not need to move harddrives.  That's if you are doing a system state transfer from one PC into another.
You'll of course have to manually add the correct IDE, chipset, video, etc. drivers after deployment to a different PC, since the generic mass storage drivers are just meant to get the PC up and booting
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arefoneAuthor Commented:
One more question aleinss, some of these pcs are with SATA HD and other with IDE HD, is this would be a problem???
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Adam LeinssCommented:
Yeah, it probably would be a problem.  This trick only works for IDE drives unless of course the BIOS on the PC with the SATA drives has an ATA compatiability mode.
Have you looked at nLite?  http://www.nliteos.com/
You can integrate updates and Windows service packs with it.
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arefoneAuthor Commented:
What do you think about this software "http://www.almeza.com/"
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Adam LeinssCommented:
Never heard of it.  And if you go with the correct licensing, the cost for 12 Pcs is like $3600!
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arefoneAuthor Commented:
I thought to use one license for all 12!!!!
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Adam LeinssCommented:
Hehehe, well...that's your call. :)
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arefoneAuthor Commented:
ok, I will try it tomorrow, then will see, in the meantime, I thought to divide the points between you and Huss and Kech, I have reached to the almeza.com by the hint of Huss of the unattended info!
thanx for all!
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arefoneAuthor Commented:
WHY I CAN'T ACCEPT MULTIPLE SOLUTIONS IN THIS QUESTION????
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arefoneAuthor Commented:
I SEE ONLY THE ACCEPT SOLUTION BUTTOM AND NOT ACCEPT MULTIPLE?????
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