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Want to clone HDD for laptops

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    Want to clone HDD for laptops


    I don't know if this can be done, so I am bringing it to this forum. I recently purchased 3 identical Gateway laptop computers to set-up and ship to relatives overseas. All three are running Windows 8. I want each one of them to have the same programs and applications without spend hours or days setting this all up. Is it possible to burn an ISO image of one hard drive and use it to clone the other two identical laptops? I guess sort of like the old "ghost" process. If so, would I need to wipe the other drives first? What are the disadvantages or issues, if any?

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    That should work fine. I can't think of any disadvantages. Macrium Reflect FREE Edition has Clone capability or spend the $$$ and get Acronis True Image 2013.
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    Thanks!
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    So...how would I go about doing this? I have an older 120gb HDD that I removed from another laptop and placed in an external casing. This drive has been reformatted and is now blank. I have also made an ISO image of one of the three new laptops. Will I be able to copy this ISO image to the external HDD, then use the external HDD with the ISO image on it to clone the two other laptops? The HDD capacity on all three of the new laptops is 750GB. Would this be a problem? I know what I want to do, I just don't know what steps to take to do this. Any links or suggestions would be very helpful.
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    Don't understand what you mean when you say you made an ISO image of one of the three new laptops. Can you explain please.

    The 120GB drive should be big enough to hold the image created by Macrium.

    One caveat. If you have UEFI bios and GPT disks I don't know if this will work as I've never had the opportunity to try it. May want to wait a bit and see if any of the other folks here can comment on this.

    These are the basic steps you need to do.

    Install Macrium Reflect free.
    Create the Macrium boot disc to use for restoring to the other laptops.
    Connect the 120GB drive.
    Start Macrium
    Backup all partitions on the hard drive in a image on the 120GB external drive.

    With the next laptop powered off, connect the external drive to it.
    Insert the Macrium boot CD and boot it.
    Select the 120GB external drive as the source and the laptop drive as the target.
    Restore.

    That should do it.
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    I was a bit confused myself. What I made was a disk partition image of the hard drive using Macrium Reflect, not an ISO image. I think I understand the difference. An ISO file is for optical drives, right? So, basically what I made was a complete backup file, minus the MBR, I believe.

    I don't know about creating the Macrium boot disc, but I did create a bootable Rescue media disc. Is this the same thing? If so, then I can follow the rest of your instructions and it should work.

    If it doesn't work, I can always revert it back to factory default with the repair disc I made a week ago. Hopefully this will work. Thanks again.
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    Yes, the Rescue disc is what I meant. You should be good to go.

    Please let me know how it works out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by binfi
    I don't know if this can be done, so I am bringing it to this forum. I recently purchased 3 identical Gateway laptop computers to set-up and ship to relatives overseas. All three are running Windows 8. I want each one of them to have the same programs and applications without spend hours or days setting this all up.
    All added software, would need to be UNACTIVED, than activted on each PC.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker
    One caveat. If you have UEFI bios and GPT disks I don't know if this will work as I've never had the opportunity to try it. May want to wait a bit and see if any of the other folks here can comment on this.
    Quote Originally Posted by bimfi
    I was a bit confused myself. What I made was a disk partition image of the hard drive using Macrium Reflect, not an ISO image. I think I understand the difference. An ISO file is for optical drives, right? So, basically what I made was a complete backup file, minus the MBR, I believe.
    The Gateway Notebook is UEFI & GPT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog
    All added software, would need to be UNACTIVED, than activted on each PC....
    The Gateway Notebook is UEFI & GPT.
    I just found that out when I entered BIOS. Does this mean that I cannot do what I set out to do, or is there something else that must be done instead?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bimfi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog
    All added software, would need to be UNACTIVED, than activted on each PC....
    The Gateway Notebook is UEFI & GPT.
    I just found that out when I entered BIOS. Does this mean that I cannot do what I set out to do, or is there something else that must be done instead?

    You can clone, YES.
    But with no ACTIVATED software, do remember that the Gateway Windows 8 will self-activate within 4 hours of being on internet.
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