I have ten new identical laptops with 80G HDDs that have come with Vista. I have made one dual boot with Mandriva and would like to identically copy that hard drive to the other nine laptops so I don't have to keep going through the issue of resizing with qparted, installing Mandiva, installing my embedded Linux BSP and dping all the updates to Mandy 2008.1.
Now, I think
that what I want is something like G4L or Clonezilla. However, having trawled around all I can really find are instructions on how to save partitions and compress them.
So, I have a few specific questions that don't seem obvious to me from reading up.
1. Am I right in thinking that each parition (eg sda1, sda2 etc) are made into separate images?
2. Whether or not my guess for question one is correct, bearing in mind the HDDs on the other nine laptops currently have Vista on them:
a. Do this other nine need to have their hard drives wiped?
b. Do they need to be formatted identically
to the master laptop? (I would hope not as I would assume Linux can't format NTFS).
c. Am I trying to do something impossible?
I always assumed that programs like this just copied a master HDD at a very low level, but am not so sure after having read around!