|Administrators want to know
whether cloning will be easy with Windows 2000 (Win2K). I tested PowerQuest's Drive Image
Pro 3.0, which lets administrators clone systems running Win2K Professional (Win2K Pro) or
Windows NT Workstation 4.0.
Contact: PowerQuest U.K. Tel: 0118 975 5955
System Requirements: x86 processor or better, Windows 2000 Professional or Windows NT
Workstation 4.0, 16MB of RAM, 5MB of hard disk space.
Drive Image Pro preserves all Windows optimisations by creating and restoring an exact
drive image. The software uses SmartSector, PowerQuest's proprietary imaging technology,
to create this image and save sector-specific data of hard disks or hard disk partitions.
In addition, Drive Image Pro lets you Powercast images over a network, so you can set up
and configure multiple workstations simultaneously. You can store images on a network
drive, Jaz disks, Zip disks, a CD-ROM, or other removable media device, and you can apply
images to network drives or disks of the same size or resize images to fit different-sized
disks. Drive Image Pro supports imaging of FAT, FAT32, NTFS 4.0 or later, and
High-Performance File System (HPFS) partitions. You can also use Drive Image Pro Editor to
restore individual files and folders.
I tested the Drive Image Pro bundle, which includes Drive Image Pro and PartitionMagic
4.0, on three systems, each running 350MHz AMD-K6-2 processors with 64MB of RAM and 4.3GB
of hard disk space. One system, which I called WIN2KPRO, acted as the Powercast server,
and I used it to create a system image that I transferred to the other systems, which had
new unpartitioned hard disks. You must install Drive Image Pro on a FAT partition, so I
partitioned half of WIN2K-PRO's hard disk as FAT and the other half as NTFS 5.0. Next, I
installed various applications on WIN2KPRO.
To install the product, I inserted the CD-ROM into WIN2KPRO, which was running Win2K Pro
beta 3. I selected Install Drive Image and followed the wizard, which copied the
installation files to the FAT volume. The process was easy and completed in about 1
minute. Next, I used the instructions in the documentation to manually create two sets of
boot disks. You can also use BootDisk Builder, which PowerQuest provides on the Drive
Image Pro CD-ROM, to create boot disks. To ensure each system has a unique SID, you can
use SysPrep or PowerQuest's SIDchanger, which Drive Image Pro includes. I configured
SysPrep with the appropriate information and ran the executable. When SysPrep finished
setup, it automatically shut down my system, so I used my boot disks to restart the
system. Next, I chose Create Image from the pop-up menu, followed the wizard through
various steps, and clicked Finish. Creating an image of a 2GB NTFS partition took about 18
To set up a Powercast session, I selected Powercast from the main menu, clicked Server,
clicked Express for the client mode, named the session, clicked the image file I wanted to
send, and clicked Finish. A pop-up screen, which Screen 1shows, appeared in wait mode
until the client systems connected. I changed the default number of clients from 30 to 2,
but you can set this number to a maximum of 9999 clients (PowerQuest suggests a maximum of
Next, I booted the client systems with the Drive Image Pro boot disks and selected
Powercast from the menu. I followed the wizard, selected the session I created on the
Powercast server, and clicked Finish. The session took about 1 hour to transfer the image
over a 10MB network. When I booted the clients, they booted correctly and included
Drive Image Pro worked well with SysPrep to help me quickly roll out workstations. In
addition, PowerQuest's technical support addressed all my concerns with fast, courteous,
and correct solutions. You can download an evaluation copy of the product from
PowerQuest's Web site.