HD Imaging & Cloning:
When was the last time you needed to Image a HD? An easy
Option on a Desktop PC. And a little more challenging on a Laptop PC.
Everything on this page deals with Software with, for now, one
exception. For anyone Imaging Laptop Drives, you'll need extra Hardware
- A USB SATA Adapter. Not to be confused with a Disk Drive
Duplicator. Those are great too! Each has a purpose. For most Users,
a USB SATA Adapter fits the need, specifically for a Laptop or
We considered a model from Vantec however, this was
our preference. For this type of Device (USB SATA Adapter) most
Users we've encountered eventually have issues with the included PSU for
various reasons. Your experiences may differ from ours! Enjoy!
Here's one we've tried and it works! Watch the
Video from the Link below. Worth the Price!
Hardware - USB SATA Adapter:
www.CoolDrives.com - SATA and IDE Hard Drive & Optical Drive USB
Adapter Kit COMBO - We've used this model with
Acronis True Image v11 Home.
We're going to get more into the details of a setup we use which
might either prove useful ot get one to thinking about the Options.
We like Options!
www.binaryresearch.net - Universal Imaging Utility- PC Software -
Cloning Software: On the road to Disk Drive
Imaging Recovery Success... From the people who brought us Ghost
Disk Drive Imaging for Windows Users - Changing Hardware
Platforms requires changing the HAL - Hardware
Abstraction Layer. Binary Research has simplified the
process for us with this new Tool! "Welcome to the next evolution in
disk imaging - easy universal imaging!" (6/8/2004)
- System Utilities: Partition Imager (12/24/2003).
Acronis lures Ghost customers with new hard drive imaging product
featuring intuitive Windows interface:
utilities hard drive partition manager, boot manager, disk editor
- RapiDeploy: A Computer Cloning and Configuration Tool designed
for Configuration Centers, IT Departments, Technicians, and VARs who
routinely set up and configure computers. Use with Microsoft
- InstantRecovery - Disaster recovery and drive imaging solution from
NovaStor Corporation: Disaster Recovery Disk Imaging.
- Active@ Disk Image. Hard Drive Image Software:
- Drive Image Product Information:
- Norton Ghost:
- PC-Rdist: Designed to synchronize files and registry data for
each computer on the Network with a Master Image located on a File
- g4u - Harddisk Image Cloning for PCs:
"g4u ("ghost for unix") is a NetBSD-based
bootfloppy/CD-ROM that allows easy cloning of PC harddisks to deploy a
common setup on a number of PCs using FTP. The floppy/CD offers two
functions." Linux Solution. Bootable CD
ISO Image available.
- HD Cloning, Disk Imaging, Data Duplication & Backup:
Hardware Solution - Excellent!
Site does not redirect to Ariolic
Software - Off-Line!?! (11/7/2003)
- PARAGON Drive Backup: Disk Cloning!
ImageCast MFG supports Microsoft's BIOS Lock
GmbH - Products:
- How to Use Sysprep: System Preparation Tool for OEMs.
to Prepare Images for Disk Duplication with Sysprep:
- System Preparation Tool and Answer File Usage: For a
detailed explanation about answer files and a list of valid
parameter values, please refer to the Deploy.chm file in the
Support\Tools\Deploy.cab folder on the Windows XP CD-ROM
- The Microsoft Policy Concerning Disk Duplication of Windows XP
Disk-Image Copying in Microsoft Windows Deployment:
an Automated Installation and Customization Tool: Issues to
Consider before proceeding.
Windows XP Part II Implementing: System Preparation Tool -
"Use to take a snapshot of a configured workstation and
transfer Image to multiple workstations (using a third-party
tool). This process is also known as cloning, disk-image copying,
or ghost imaging. Sysprep performs the preparation of the System
Image, but a cloning utility from a third party is required to
perform the image-copying phase"
Sysprep is located on the Windows
XP Professional CD-ROM in Support\Tools\deploy.cab.
a Disk-Imaging Program:
Disk Imaging References & Resources:
- www.DeploymentGuru.com -
Altiris Deployment and Management Products Technical Forum:
- 304314 - How to
Deploy Windows XP Images from Windows 2000 RIS (Remote Installation
to exploit WinXP's disk cloning support - IT Manager - CNETAsia:
"Follow the prompts that Sysprep provides. Then, run your
third-party disk imaging software on the reference machine once
Sysprep completes. Finally, save the master image to a shared network
drive or burn it to a CD." (5/3/2002).
CD-ROM and DVD-ROM Caching and Imaging Overview
EZ-GIG Hard Drive Upgrade Kit - Hard Drive Upgrades for Notebook PC's
Windows, Linux and NetWare networks
InstantRecovery - Disaster recovery and drive imaging solution from
Drive Backup Enterprise - Hard Disk Image and Disk Copy solution
Imaging or Ghosting:
- TTS Disk Imaging Software:
- Remember Upgrader
from FITUSA.com? Jerry Lee's
favorite HD Upgrade Program under Win98. FITUSA.COM
is now a trade name of E-mart.com,
Drive Upgrader $39 only - Supports FAT16 & FAT32, not NTFS! Up
to 64GB HD's.