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Laptop that requires imaging but does not have PXE boot option

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I have a laptops that was purchased by mistake and these laptops come with Win 8 and I am trying to put Win 7 on there.  But these laptop requires a USB to LAN connect and does not have any network boot option like PXE.  Even worst this has one of the SSD drive that is not your standard SATA.  Instead that this is uses something like a chipset option.  So to make a long story short what are my options for imaging if I do not have network connectivity or PXE.  I'm wondering has anyone else had a similar issue.
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I have not had similar issue but I recently swapped a SSD into my workstation to replace the hdd.  I used an imaging software (Acronis) to take an image of the hdd and then used it to restore the image onto the SSD.  I'm sure there are other software titles that work similarly.  I booted to the software installed on CD and accessed the image from external (USB) hdd.

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I guess that with "SSD drive that is not standard SATA" that you mean SSD drives with mSATA connector. You can find/buy mSATA to SATA adapters so you can connect this "drives" to a normal PC with SATA controller.

Picture of mSATA drive:
http://forum.notebookreview.com/lenovo/574993-msata-faq-basic-primer.html

mSATA to SATA adapter:
http://www.ebay.com/bhp/msata-adapter 

I hope that I have understood you correctly.
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by:Dan Craciun
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The lack of PXE is a problem as you won't be able to image them from a central location.

You can install the system/software on one of the laptops, use Acronis/Macrium/Clonezilla/your favorite backup utility to take an image of the system on an external drive, then use that on all the others. Sysprep them if needed.

HTH,
Dan
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by:Lee W, MVP
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export the image and deploy manually from USB
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by:skullnobrains
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many solutions there

maybe try a tool such as g4u (http://www.feyrer.de/g4u/) that can download a ghost from a tftp server and use it as a disk image. if you have pxe, i'd assume the ghost to be available through tftp

you can also do this from any linux/unix live cd witrh a command such as
curl tftp://server/file | dd if=/dev/stdin of=/dev/sda
(sda would refer to the first SATA disk on linux)
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by:nobus
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what laptop is this?
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by:James Haywood
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Have you tried creating a Discover boot image. You can load this onto USB and it deals with the PXE issue for you. WDS should install straight to the SSD without any issues. The only problem you may encounter is storage drivers which you can inject directly into your .wims.
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or a gpxe goot disk. download a floppy or cd image there

http://www.rom-o-matic.net/gpxe/gpxe-1.0.1/contrib/rom-o-matic/
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It's a Sony svf13n190x
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by:nobus
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since it has an SSD + a sata drive, you can copy the image to the sata drive on another PC
when you reconnect the drive, you can use an usb  DVD drive to do the imaging
personally, i use the fre paragon software for this :
http://www.paragon-software.com/free/
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by:joinaunion
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I don't think we need to get hung up on the drive it's just a sata3.

You are trying to downgrade to win7 wich you should know is not easy due to the UEFI bios.
It can be done but you will need a win7 copy that supports uefi or create one complete steps here,
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/13326-downgrade-windows-8-windows-7-a.html
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I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

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