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5 PC's with no CD ROM, new install.

By cyberghost_1 ·
I have a job for a Cyber Cafe, I built them 11 PC's. The owner wanted 6 with CD ROM and Floppy, and 6 just with Floppy. Since I built them, the HDD is blank, I was told that there is a way to connect these 5 PC's w/o CD ROM's to the Primary PC( Server.) So I can install WinXP Pro, Norton 2005, Office, Coral....etc...The network isn't up yet, so how do I do this? Connecting a PC that still needs to be formatted, so I can install the OS and transfer all the other data to it? ASAP, the inauguration was on Saturday, and I have no idea how to get these 5 PC's w/o CD ROMS operational. Sad isn't it, that I can build them but I have no clue how to link them together to install the OS without a CD ROm installed....Please Help !!!!!!!!!

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by cyberghost_1 In reply to 5 PC's with no CD ROM, ne ...

How exactly do I use a Ghost drive? ( duplicate drive )

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by dkzgambo In reply to 5 PC's with no CD ROM, ne ...

i've never heard of a connection of computers having no OS. Try to remove the hard disks from their respective cases(those having no OS) and use the one's with CD-ROM'S to install the software. There is a way really to connect the pc's but that is after installing an OS. You can share the CD-ROM on the server when and if the network is up and running. no shortcuts on this unfortunately.

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I built the PC?s that is why there was no OS

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by hughiemcginley In reply to 5 PC's with no CD ROM, ne ...

put a cd rom into them temporarily you nit wit

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by rindi1 In reply to 5 PC's with no CD ROM, ne ...

The easiest for you would to follow the suggestions you had before with a temporary CD Rom. If it is newer Hardware you should be able to boot from a USB Drive, so you don't even need to open the box. To use Ghost images you need Harddisk imaging software like Symantecs norotn ghost or Acronis Trueimage. I think you could get both as trial versions, so you could start soon. This software makes an 1:1 image of your disk to an image file (compressed) and then you can play it back to another disk. You will then have to change certain values like PC name, IP Address etc, those things can't be the same on a network! If you want install from network you would have to create a dos boot diskette with the drivers of your network card and the microsoft Dos Client, but I believe that would probably be to complicated for you to learn in your short time, as it seems you haven't much network knowledge yet.

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by Sue T In reply to 5 PC's with no CD ROM, ne ...

I use Ghost to make 2 boot disks that have TCP and nic driver information on them and a crossover cable. If you have a computer that is set up the way you want that will be the master computer and you will connect a crossover cable from that one to one that needs to be setup. Put your ghost boot disks in and have computers boot to floppy drives. This way you do not need to understand networking but you will need to change the computer name on the "Slave" computer after it has been imaged from the Master computer.

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