Disk Cloning

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I am looking for a cloning solution that will allow me to build a pc with the OS and all apps needed then remove that drive from the pc and using a USB drive cradle make an image of that drive then via the USB drive cradle push that image to another drive. All the systems I am trying to clone are identical in every way.
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Raymond PengSystems Engineer

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You can use this:

http://hddguru.com/software/HDD-Raw-Copy-Tool

Using your HDD cradle (2 bays) hooked to your laptop, take the hdd you have prepped > pop it into bay 1. Insert 2nd HDD or USB drive > run HDD RAW > have option to create image of the original.  Copy that image somewhere for storing.  Restore Image to new HDD.
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Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and use the create media option (in advanced options)
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
Most Valuable Expert 2013

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Make sure you make your Windows installation using a Volume License DVD since all others cannot be used for imaging (it's called imaging, not cloning).

And is there a particular reason you want to use the described method rather than a network based imaging solution (Microsoft has a very robust system in Windows Deployment Services).
To make a copy of source disk via sector level or file level see this link on how to clone your disk wtih EaseUS Todo Backup:
http://www.todo-backup.com/products/features/disk-clone-guide.htm
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>>  then via the USB drive cradle push that image to another drive  <<  this will be very slow, USB2 is max480Mb/s
better is to connect the  (sata) drive directly to the sata connector of the pc if possible)

or use USB3 if you have that available on the install PC's  http://www.amazon.com/Anker%C2%AE-Converter-Adapter-Cable-included/dp/B005B3VO24

personally, i"'m using paragon software for this  - here the free tool , so you can test :
http://www.paragon-software.com/free/      
but disk manager 2014 is good for your task!
https://www.paragon-software.com/
Lionel MMSmall Business IT Consultant

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I recommend clonezilla--also free for cloning and imaging
http://clonezilla.org/clonezilla-live.php 
Thee is also a server version to do multiple drives ar once--although that is not what you are asking for here (and more complicated) http://clonezilla.org/clonezilla-SE/
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or  - do the imaging in a desktop and install the drive then in the laptops - if needed

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I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

None of the suggestions help in resolving my issue
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very strange that NONe suggestion helped? ?
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several possible solutions were provided, the author did not respond to any of the comments
Lionel MMSmall Business IT Consultant

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I agree, several suggestions and then no comments from questioner--if you tried some and you could not operate them or you had any errors you should have let use know so we could have helped you kore

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I had to contact the manufacturer of the drive which was Seagate to inquire why none of the software(S) recommended would recognize the drive that I had in the USB cradle which was another Seagate drive it would always recognize drive 1  but it would not recognize drive 2 or the drive that I was cloning too. I contacted Seagate to inquire why none of the cloning software I have downloaded which was all that were recommended would not recognize the second drive. They couldn't give me an answer but sent me a link to their cloning software which was designed by Acronis but for Seagate called Seagate DiscWizard and I was able to clone from one USB cradle to another.

I appreciate all your suggestions, but since none of them worked I requested it to be closed and if one would have work you would of gotten the points...sorry for that.    
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I had to contact the manufacturer of the drive which was Seagate to inquire why none of the software(S) recommended would recognize the drive that I had in the USB cradle which was another Seagate drive it would always recognize drive 1  but it would not recognize drive 2 or the drive that I was cloning too. I contacted Seagate to inquire why none of the cloning software I have downloaded which was all that were recommended would not recognize the second drive. They couldn't give me an answer but sent me a link to their cloning software which was designed by Acronis but for Seagate called Seagate DiscWizard and I was able to clone from one USB cradle to another.

 I appreciate all your suggestions, but since none of them worked I requested it to be closed and if one would have worked you would of gotten the points...sorry for that.

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