N/APosted on - 04/20/2012
I need to reformat 15 computers in my friend's internet cafe. What I'm planning is, I would reformat just one computer and install all the games and applications needed.
Then, I would use Acronis to clone or make an image of this computer and use this image on other computers. Is that possible and how will I do that?
Do the other computers need an operating system before I install the clone /image of the computer I've worked on, to other computers?
What do you guys think?
I would need all possible technical advice from all experts here.
Thank you very much.
How does disk cloning works?
Yes you can do this through installing cloning. Install the operating system and all the other software you need on computer then, use the cloning software CD to boot the machine. Using the software, create a compressed image of the entire disk and store in an external location such as a USB drive. The image is compressed so it won’t require as much space as the hard drive.
Copy the image to all the other machines, and then boot each machine using the cloning software CD. Choose an option to clone the new hard drive and then choose the image file from the options given. This will write the entire contents of the first disk to the new disk, and everything installed on the first machine will be installed on the other machine. You will not need to re-install the operating system.
Hope you find this useful.
How does disk cloning works?
If you clone the system drive where the Microsoft Windows operating system and the applications are installed, the image will include the operating system, of course. And if you replicate that on another hard drive, I don’t think the system will start because the operating system included in the image is configured from another computer.
It will have different sorts of errors because the motherboard and devices configured in the operating system is different from the ones on the machine. You can only use the cloned image if all computers have the same motherboard and devices. If one computer is different from another, cloning the drive won’t work.
You can still continue with your plan of installing all the applications on one computer and then just transfer them to the other computers but not with cloning. Instead, use Windows Easy Transfer Tool. But to do this, you still have to install the operating system on every computer manually. Only the operating system, not the applications. Here’s how to do it.
First, install everything on one computer. Install all the applications and games you need. Once everything is setup, on another computer, install the operating system. Once the operating system is installed and the computer is operational, go to Needs a fast clone software available and follow the guide how to use the Windows Easy Transfer Tool to transfer the settings from the first computer to the other.