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I need to clone 28 IDE hard drives by Wednesday of next week. Currently I'm installing windows on them two at a time. It takes 60 minutes for 1 to finish so it will take around 14 hours. I've been told that I can buy a duplicator for less then 300, but I'm not really sure where to find one at. Can you guys help me find a IDE duplicator that can do multiple drives without me having to have the computer setup. This is for a non profit school I volunteer at.
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Are you trying to clone a Windows install to use on multiple computers? You may run into other issues - activation, drivers, etc. if you just clone a drive and put it into another computer.
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http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx

You'll thank me when you give it a try. wink.gif Do note, that you should not be using the same license on more than one computer, so make sure that you do not put in the license code until the drives are in the computers they're intended for. Also, be aware that if the motherboards / video cards are different, that will pose issues with drivers and such.

But I have successfully used that software above to clone between my two HTPC's without issue.
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are all the computers the same hardware wise? need more info, what version of windows and such, also do you know any linux. I know of a programs thats great for this but its run from linux command line on a boot disk
Edited by Relevant Wing - 8/16/12 at 6:04pm
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I'm acquainted with linux so that shouldn't be a big deal. All machines use the same motherboard with onboard graphics. Same ram, hard drives cd-roms and wireless adapters. The only difference is some have slightly faster processors. I'm using Windows XP for with a license that can be used many many times that the school acquired long ago. So all machines will activate properly with the same install, I'm pretty sure anyways. I don't fully understand how the license works.


I will look into http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx Could I just get some USB to IDE adapters and use this on my sig rig? If so would it be possible to do it on multiple drives at one time, (I'm willing to use VM's)
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Originally Posted by Jolting View Post

I'm acquainted with linux so that shouldn't be a big deal. All machines use the same motherboard with onboard graphics. Same ram, hard drives cd-roms and wireless adapters. The only difference is some have slightly faster processors. I'm using Windows XP for with a license that can be used many many times that the school acquired long ago. So all machines will activate properly with the same install, I'm pretty sure anyways. I don't fully understand how the license works.
I will look into http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx Could I just get some USB to IDE adapters and use this on my sig rig? If so would it be possible to do it on multiple drives at one time, (I'm willing to use VM's)

The easiest solution would be the following.

Download a Zenworks Imaging Boot CD, its a novell product. or you could try an acronis true image trial disk. Once you setup the first system running you can clone the drive to a USB hard Drive and then just plug it into the next system and boot from the cd to restore the clone to the next system. I used to do this myself at a non profit school and the zen imaging disk could clone a system in about 10 to 15 mins provided the system image was small. The XP you using is a volume license disk most likely, that requires no activation., You could also plug the drives in the second IDE controller on the first system and just keep swapping to the next drive to clone it. The zen disk makes it easier since you can zisedit each one when you boot before you drop the image to change the computer name in the image. the zen boot cd is all linux command driven but its the best way ive found to image without a server.

Acronis true image would work too but you will have to rename each system afterwards manually
Edited by Relevant Wing - 8/16/12 at 6:51pm
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