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So, I haven't used anything like Norton Ghost since DOS was still around. Basically I need help and an explanation about imaging/ghosting one machine that I can then put on to other machines (same or near similar hardware).

What is the best way to do it? I've started a few threads on this, I have quite a few options, but I need to have it done quickly - the faster the better. I know that there should be a way to make an image/ghost on a DVD and just copy that DVD to 5 more to do all 5 machines at the same time, but I also will have access to hardware to do it if it can be done. I have access to servers, small boxes that I can make into a server (mostly Dell machines), etc.

I really could use help/explanation on this.
    
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I've only used Norton Ghost one time to swap hard drives and it did the job amazingly well. I just found this old OCN thread I remember reading; maybe it'll help you.

http://www.overclock.net/faqs/13068-...ton-ghost.html
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Good read! But, I'm wondering more of the process for imaging a completely blank machine (such as mass distribution of the OS and drivers, XP Pro, laptops).

Would Norton Ghost be able to do a networked installation of an image/ghost? I have a Bart PE CD (multiple of them, actually). Can I use this (never once used it, just looked into it really)?
    
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I'll try to find more on Ghost's forums, but for now I found this:

Quote:
Interestingly, suppose your image file is stored on a network drive or a friend’s machine and your hard disk fails. You can connect to the network or any other standalone machine over a peer-to-peer link, either through your parallel port, USB port, or even your network card. The Ghost boot disk contains some generic drivers for these hardware connections. Network administrators can also use Norton Ghost to deploy multiple machines on a network but "Professional version" is better equipped for that. If you get machines of the same configuration, then you can configure one, create a ghost image, and copy it across the remaining machines.
http://www.softpanorama.org/Articles...on_ghost.shtml
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I'll try to find more on Ghost's forums, but for now I found this: [quote snipped]
http://www.softpanorama.org/Articles...on_ghost.shtml
Sweet. Now, if only a way to do this without having to buy Norton Ghost. Any free versions of it available and/or other solutions (different company/software)?
    
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Funny that you ask. I just recently had to format my drive and I lost a LOT of memorable photos. I used a program called EASUS Data Receovery. They have another program called EASUS Todo Backup that should do disk images.

Free download:

http://www.todo-backup.com/download/

Information:

http://www.todo-backup.com/

Other options to compare:

http://mytechquest.com/windows/3-fre...is-true-image/
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Originally Posted by Stealth Pyros View Post
Funny that you ask. I just recently had to format my drive and I lost a LOT of memorable photos. I used a program called EASUS Data Receovery. They have another program called EASUS Todo Backup that should do disk images.

Free download:

http://www.todo-backup.com/download/

Information:

http://www.todo-backup.com/

Other options to compare:

http://mytechquest.com/windows/3-fre...is-true-image/
Man you are definitely a wealth of help!

Macrium is looking like it may be a good answer - and I just downloaded the EASUS ToDo Backup. I'll have to report back on Monday or Tuesday (returning to the place I'll be doing this at then) with what works best. I'm definitely glad that Macrium works with Bart PE, that was something I've been looking for. Sadly I haven't been Google search friendly this morning!

Thanks for all the links and quoted info. You are the man!

EDIT:


Just downloaded them all to try on Monday. Thanks again ~
Edited by GanjaSMK - 1/21/11 at 10:27am
    
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Do you know any linux? If so this could be done easily with a zenworks imaging cd.
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Do you know any linux? If so this could be done easily with a zenworks imaging cd.
I really should .. but sadly I don't.

It would be nice to just setup a server machine with dedicated ghosting/imaging stuff so all I'd have to do is hook up all the different machines and image them all at the same time. I'm not technical enough to do that, unless there is an easy way with a Windows network (XP/Vista/7/Server 2008).
    
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Quote:
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I really should .. but sadly I don't.

It would be nice to just setup a server machine with dedicated ghosting/imaging stuff so all I'd have to do is hook up all the different machines and image them all at the same time. I'm not technical enough to do that, unless there is an easy way with a Windows network (XP/Vista/7/Server 2008).
I don't think you can do them all at the same time off the same image, but if you copy/pasta multiple copies of the same image and name them 1/2/3/4/5/etc. you should be able to shoot them to all the machines.
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