Kevin (dengetek) wrote in gotroot,

Anyone still around this community?

I have recently acquired many notebooks with the same make and model. I have also in my possession many notebook hard drives of the same make/model. I would like to install Windows XP and various other programs onto one notebook, ghost the hd when I have everything the way I want and all the programs I want, and restore the ghost images to the other systems.

However, I'd like this to be as easy as possible. Specifically I'd like to just initialize the image restore and then come back in a couple hours to a fully-functional system. There are a couple issues with this (maybe more, I'm not sure yet :P).

First is re-establishing the MBR of the newly recovered system. Second is activating the newly created partition with the OS. Both of these tasks are easily done with something like fdisk, but this requires that I have a separate boot disk, and I have to push extra buttons to get my system running. I know this seems like a trivial task, but I'm just wondering if I can streamline ghost to restore the images, re-establish the MBR, and activate the partition all in one go. A fool-proof system clone, if you will.

I've discovered that Norton Ghost comes with an fdisk-like program called gdisk, which can re-establish the MBR and activate partitions in a single command. However the issue is automating the execution of such commands after the image restorations. I plan to burn all the images to a dual-layer DVD, so I won't have to come back every 30 minutes or so to switch disks.

Anyone have any ideas? Sorry this post was so redundant, I'm trying to be as descriptive and specific as possible to avoid confusion.
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