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imaging laptops, sopftware reccomendations

Hi im after a method of imaging a laptop or pc

essentially few images on a usb stick, boot from stick select image and off it goes

I have used ghost ages ago, but befor ei buy   any better suggestions, or even free ones.  wants to be painless, not using repair disks etc  although i guess oif thats on the usb stick as well....

win7 win 2008
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To be honest I use ghost dos version on a usb with winme bootup!
Arconis is also cool.
Anyway there is a lot of software in this field:

Aaron TomoskyTechnology ConsultantCommented:
Alot of people left ghost for Acronis. Those are really the two main players.
If you are on a domain, you could use Windows Deployment Services.

This operates through a PXE environment, so you wouldn't even need the USB stick. All you would need is a server that has WDS installed and a network connection.

The computers images are captured after setting them up and running a sysprep.
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I personally use WDS as mentioned above, with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 which allows you to upload drivers and software to the server and it will automatically install your OS on any machine as long as you have uploaded the appropriate drivers.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I think the best product on the market currently is Acronis Backup and Recovery, and if you want to install images to bare metal, move images between desktop computers and laptops. Make sure you also purchase the Universal Restore option.

If compelting mass automated rollouts, Symantec Ghost Enterprise 2.5.
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mhamerAuthor Commented:
cool thanks guys,
i mainly just use images on a host   vmware or hyperv, but seem to have to do a lot to baremetal latley  so going back to "imaging" ie ghost  (when it was a blue and grey screen

will give them all a shot.
mhamerAuthor Commented:
Hi, thanks for your input i opted for Ghost as per the first post  (henc ethe points going there, I did try most of these methods and an old version of ghost I happened to find at work did  all i needed it to

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