How do i ghost a pc?

  Alison-191125 09:49 06 Oct 2004

I am having problems ie.internet, with one pc and i thought i could ghost one machine and copy it onto the other. How do i do that? Do i need to purchase more software! to do this. i am currently running Xp on a windows 2K server.


  mgmcc 11:42 06 Oct 2004

You can copy a partition or clone a hard drive with Norton Ghost (or PowerQuest Drive Image), which is fine for replacing the hard drive in the same PC or backing up an installation, but you may have problems using one PC's Windows Installation in a different PC. The hardware configuration will be all wrong, requiring Windows to install drivers for all of the new hardware it finds and, unless using the "corporate" version of XP Pro, might also have Product Activation problems.

  Alison-191125 11:48 07 Oct 2004

Hi mgmcc, thanks for responding, Question!! would it make a difference if they were on a network? Both computers are the exact model, what should be on one is more or less on the other. They both run on xp, on a win2000 network. i thought it coud solve the issue of others loggin on with thier profiles. they can log on to computer 2, but not computer 1. Plus on comp1 they cannot access the internet and they can on computer 2. but as the administrator i can access the internet from both machines odd i know. Sooo i thought if i ghost'd the machine then the profiles should work on both. Another factor is that users could in the beginning access both computers including the internet. Thanks in advance,


  mgmcc 14:28 07 Oct 2004

If I were going to attempt it, I would get another hard drive and install it as "slave" to the one you want to copy. When the drive has been copied, remove the slave drive and install it as "master" in place of the existing drive in the second PC. That way, if it all goes pear-shaped, the original drive from the second PC is unchanged, can be put in again and you have lost nothing.

There used to be two "market leading" programs for backing up or cloning hard drives - PowerQuest "Drive Image" and Symantec's "Norton Ghost". Symantec now own the PowerQuest software and I suspect the new "Norton Ghost 9" may actually be a rebadged version of "Drive Image".

  woodchip 14:32 07 Oct 2004

It will not run as the Drivers etc are all different

  woodchip 14:34 07 Oct 2004

You need to setup the Network, not ruin the Computer configuration. Post a New thread with Your Network Problem.

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