Hard drive imaging

Steve smorrey at gmail.com
Wed Jun 21 09:46:05 MDT 2006

I've found Ubuntu to be the best way to deal with windows drives :)

On 6/21/06, Michael L Torrie <torriem at chem.byu.edu> wrote:
> On Wed, 2006-06-21 at 09:11 -0600, Stephen Ward wrote:
> > I'm looking for a convenient way to image a single hard drive and then
> > deploy it on out to a bunch of other drives with capacity greater than or
> > equal to that of the original.
> >
> > What I've come up with is to use the dd command to rip the raw data off the
> > drive and save it to a file.  I'd like to store the file on a large Windows
> > share, so I'd probably mount the share with samba and then just tell dd to
> > save the file there.  Then to deploy, I'd just do the reverse.
> >
> > Maybe I'd mix in a little gzip/gunzip piping as well.
> >
> > Any thoughts?  Is there already some tool out there designed for this that
> > would save me a few steps?
> Google reveals one program that may or may not fill your needs:
> http://www.feyrer.de/g4u/
> As for Windows, we have found that rather than image, we do automated
> installs using http://unattended.sourceforge.net/ .  We've found it
> faster and more reliable than any imaging method, even altirus and
> landesk.  It easily adapts to all disk sizes and a variety of hardware
> types.  On most machines after booting on the network to a special
> installer program (dosemu and WindowsXp setup!), 20 minutes later we
> have a machine fully patched, with all the software we need installed,
> and attached to our Samba domain.
> I know that the CS department has some similar setup for rapidly
> deploying linux machines.  I think it also may be a scripted install
> somehow, and that it netboots which is a real time saver.
> Michael
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Stephen
> >
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