+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 13 of 13
General Chat Thread, Laptop Imaging in General; can someone please recommend me a decent/quick laptop imaging program? we have loads of work to do on laptops and ...
  1. #1
    gibbo_ap's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Staffs, UK
    Posts
    937
    Thank Post
    233
    Thanked 81 Times in 64 Posts
    Rep Power
    36

    Laptop Imaging

    can someone please recommend me a decent/quick laptop imaging program?

    we have loads of work to do on laptops and need a quick way of doing it, we do them individual normally but thats cus we need the data back or there not enough machines to warrant it. 25 just arrived and CBA update and config each one

  2. #2
    techtopia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    89
    Thank Post
    27
    Thanked 18 Times in 6 Posts
    Rep Power
    44
    Acronis True Image. Build the laptop, install Acronis, create bootable media, uninstall Acronis, boot from bootable media, image laptop to external HDD or network. You then boot the laptops to be built from the boot media, and re-image from external HDD or network.

    NOTE : The reason you uninstall Acronis above is so that it doesn't appear in your disk image. Otherwise, you will re-image all 25 machines with Acronis on!

    If intending to re-image from network, you need to be sure that when booting from the bootable media and loading Acronis, it sees your network. This is normally OK if the hardware on which you created your bootable media is the same as the hardware you intend to build, as during the media creation stage, it loads the drivers for the NIC from the host machine. If you try booting a machine with other hardware/NIC than your original machine, there is no guarantee it will see the network.

  3. Thanks to techtopia from:

    gibbo_ap (26th August 2010)

  4. #3
    leco's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    West Yorkshire
    Posts
    2,026
    Thank Post
    595
    Thanked 125 Times in 119 Posts
    Rep Power
    41
    Another vote for Acronis but I use Snap Deploy. Procedure much the same as above, has added bonus of being able to strore the template for future deployment, edit the template, variety of ways of booting including PXE.

  5. #4


    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Leeds
    Posts
    6,580
    Thank Post
    228
    Thanked 854 Times in 733 Posts
    Rep Power
    295
    wds/mdt if you have a 2003sp2+ server works well and is free just requires pcs to be sysprepped (but ideally if tehy are networked at least thats not a bad thing

  6. #5

    mac_shinobi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    9,720
    Thank Post
    3,248
    Thanked 1,049 Times in 971 Posts
    Rep Power
    364

    open source

    clone zilla or FOG ??

  7. #6
    maestromasada's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    166
    Thank Post
    93
    Thanked 14 Times in 13 Posts
    Rep Power
    12
    wow! the best one you could ever try is Terabyte Unlimited Image for DOS, just buy it! I used to use Acronis, Symantec and such, all time-consuming-click-click-pray-pray. With Terabyte I boot the laptop from a flopply memory stick emulator and create a backup on a additional hidden partition on the latop or a portable drive. Have used Terabyte for a couple of years and not a single corruption I've found, is just such a great program.
    And no,no, I don't work for them at all. The program is simple and it just works
    Hope it helps you.

  8. Thanks to maestromasada from:

    techtopia (26th August 2010)

  9. #7

    mac_shinobi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    9,720
    Thank Post
    3,248
    Thanked 1,049 Times in 971 Posts
    Rep Power
    364
    Quote Originally Posted by maestromasada View Post
    wow! the best one you could ever try is Terabyte Unlimited Image for DOS, just buy it! I used to use Acronis, Symantec and such, all time-consuming-click-click-pray-pray. With Terabyte I boot the laptop from a flopply memory stick emulator and create a backup on a additional hidden partition on the latop or a portable drive. Have used Terabyte for a couple of years and not a single corruption I've found, is just such a great program.
    And no,no, I don't work for them at all. The program is simple and it just works
    Hope it helps you.
    They do other stuff and it works great

    TeraByte Unlimited :: Boot Manager :: Partition Manager :: Drive Image :: Disk Copy :: Drive Wipe :: Hard Drive Utilities

  10. #8

    maniac's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Kent
    Posts
    3,037
    Thank Post
    209
    Thanked 425 Times in 306 Posts
    Rep Power
    144
    I use FOG for imaging all my machines, it just works! Imaged over 600 machines with it, takes about 6 minutes to pull down a 11GB image.

    For a quick and dirty imaging solution, you can use PING - http://ping.windowsdream.com/ which will backup/restore from a USB hard drive or memorystick, and boot from the same.

    Mike.

  11. Thanks to maniac from:

    mac_shinobi (26th August 2010)

  12. #9
    kevbaz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Plymouth
    Posts
    855
    Thank Post
    129
    Thanked 69 Times in 47 Posts
    Rep Power
    43
    Another vote for Fog here, does imaging and alot more and completely freeeeeee

  13. #10
    FreeWill's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    North East
    Posts
    118
    Thank Post
    19
    Thanked 9 Times in 9 Posts
    Rep Power
    17
    I can recommend MDT with WDS. To learn how to use it can be frustrating but once you master it, it can save days.
    Once you've got a good image you boot from the network, enter desired machine name (or if configured with SCCM I understand it will pull details from a database automatically?) and a few more clicks, come back 40mins later and you have a machine which has the right image, name and is a member of the domain. The same image works across different hardware, any additional drivers required can be injected at OS install time.

    If MDT is installed on the same server as WDS you can enable multicasting which allows multiple machines to be done in parallel in the same 40mins.

    For a free product it works very well; I'd urge anyone who is considering a different OS deployment option to spend the time learning how to use MDT with WDS.

    (Assuming it's Windows deployment and not Linux).

  14. #11
    morganw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Cambridge
    Posts
    816
    Thank Post
    46
    Thanked 132 Times in 126 Posts
    Rep Power
    39
    I would go for Fog if are using Windows XP, it's currently missing some functionality for Windows 7 though so if you want to run that I would look more towards WDS. I'll vouch for Fog as never having let me down, just re-imaged about 600 PCs with no issues. I found it faster for unicast deployment than WDS as well.

  15. #12

    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Birmingham
    Posts
    169
    Thank Post
    54
    Thanked 19 Times in 18 Posts
    Rep Power
    22
    Not sure if I'm missing the point of the OP, but we have one of these for duplicating hard drives.

    Hard Drive Duplicator - External SATA Docking Station | Standalone HDD Duplicator |2.5in, 3.5in SATA - StarTech.com

    If you shop around you'll find it cheaper. They're great machines, next to no time to set up (just take it out of the box and plug it in), quick and ideal for duplicating small batches of hard drives.

  16. #13

    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    North West
    Posts
    263
    Thank Post
    27
    Thanked 22 Times in 20 Posts
    Rep Power
    19
    Quote Originally Posted by maniac View Post
    I use FOG for imaging all my machines, it just works! Imaged over 600 machines with it, takes about 6 minutes to pull down a 11GB image.
    I'm just being totally lazy now as I have major CBA syndrom setting in, can you point me towards an idiots guide to setting up and using FOG please

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. Imaging Software
    By tech_guy in forum Windows 7
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 18th June 2010, 08:21 PM
  2. Imaging (or not!)
    By chrbb in forum How do you do....it?
    Replies: 23
    Last Post: 19th June 2009, 11:10 AM
  3. overnight imaging?
    By browolf in forum Windows
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 3rd June 2009, 02:44 PM
  4. Imaging and AD process
    By rocknrollstar in forum O/S Deployment
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 28th May 2009, 10:52 AM
  5. Imaging Workstations
    By Maximus in forum Wireless Networks
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 15th July 2008, 10:16 AM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •