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Old May 26, 2009, 10:27 AM
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I need a program that can create a drive image of win98 with drivers and programs etc installed and put it on a usb drive which i can then boot from on an older machine (most likely using some sort of bootable floppy that can access usb). Anyone know of a program to accomplish this?
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there are guides for making a win98 boot key (a-la win98 boot CD), but i have not heard of an pre-installed OS residing on the boot key. Sounds like a lot of work. Is this for troubleshooting? I would just go the knoppix route personally.
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Installing 98 on ~120 old dell optiplex machines. Theyve all got the same hardware so it would be alot faster do to a drive image and have it done like that.
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Old May 26, 2009, 11:17 AM
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Installing 98 on ~120 old dell optiplex machines. Theyve all got the same hardware so it would be alot faster do to a drive image and have it done like that.
CD is going to be your best bet.

I don't think there are any USB DOS drivers to my knowledge.

Other option is to simply install the OS onto one drive then make a image of that drive and ghost it onto all the others.

This of course would require removal and installation of 120 drives into one machine.

So back to the CD being your best bet ;)
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CD is going to be your best bet.

I don't think there are any USB DOS drivers to my knowledge.

... ghost ....

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So back to the CD being your best bet ;)

"USBASPI.SYS" ("Panasonic v2.06 ASPI Manager for USB mass storage").
Yes, there are usb drivers for dos... - The Inquirer

Obtainable from:
USB DOS Resources

But as enaberif stated, its best to Ghost or use a CD.

Or, if they are capable, PXE boot and distribute via a LAN.
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o! deploying an image.

I'd use acronis true image (home edition will work). Do your initial install on one machine and image it to a file. You can deploy the image from CD-DVD or accross the network through a shared folder. Once deployed the only cleanup you have to do is sysprep and change the DNS names on the machines so they are all unique. <.02>
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I never even thought about this until now, but im assuming you can make an image that spans multiple cds right?
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you certainly can, it's a part of the image creation options available to you, as well as compression levels and password protection among others.
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