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We are currently deploying Dell E6410's with Windows 7 to users. When I recieved one of the new laptops I went into Audit Mode and configured the laptop exactly the way I wanted it and then resealed the machine. I captured the image to the Kace 2100 appliance and then redeployed them to all new E6410s that we receive.

Today I had a user who had a HDD die this weekend. When I put in the replacement hard drive and I ran the deploy of the image I ran into errors because the partitions were not setup.

I know there are scripts for creating a primary partition but I need to create one that recreates all of the dell partitions (OEM, Primary, OnReader, Recovery, etc). Is there a way to get the Kace 2100 to capture this or do I need to write a script for this? I've never had to write one before and it puts me in a bind because we have some drives with 160GB and some with 500GB depending on the user and what they do.

When I had Altiris I would Ghost thehard drive so I never had this issue.
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It definitely would not be hard to create the partitions you need in your unattend.xml file. Repopulating them would probably be as simple as a robocopy post installation task. I am sure others on here have actually done it though, so there might be a better method.


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We are currently deploying Dell E6410's with Windows 7 to users. When I recieved one of the new laptops I went into Audit Mode and configured the laptop exactly the way I wanted it and then resealed the machine. I captured the image to the Kace 2100 appliance and then redeployed them to all new E6410s that we receive.

Today I had a user who had a HDD die this weekend. When I put in the replacement hard drive and I ran the deploy of the image I ran into errors because the partitions were not setup.

I know there are scripts for creating a primary partition but I need to create one that recreates all of the dell partitions (OEM, Primary, OnReader, Recovery, etc). Is there a way to get the Kace 2100 to capture this or do I need to write a script for this? I've never had to write one before and it puts me in a bind because we have some drives with 160GB and some with 500GB depending on the user and what they do.

When I had Altiris I would Ghost thehard drive so I never had this issue.
Answered 01/31/2011 by: dyehardfan
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The difference is the other products you named are sector based. The K2000 is file-based. That is a huge benefit when you need flexibility, but if you're looking to recreate the disk then A preinstall task can easily handle this. There's a preinstall task for keeping the dell partition posted to the support site http://www.kace.com/support/kb/index.php?action=artikel&cat=54&id=1021&artlang=en

You'd obviously want to modify that script to create said partition, but esentially about the same.
Answered 01/31/2011 by: cblake
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Chris,

Thanks for the link. It did help a bit but in the end I spent about 30 minutes and wrote a custom diskpart script. Obviously Partition 3 would need to be changed to fit the drive size.

Here is what I had to do.

I emulated the default drive setup on the Dell. After pushing the image it would not boot and I had to boot into Windows setup and run start up repair twice. After I did this is modified the drive setup. I copied the drive setup and modified my diskpart code as listed below and I am now able to deploy my Win7 image on a new hard drive.


select disk 0
clean
create partition primary id=DE size=78
select partition 1
format fs=fat quick
create partition Primary size=750
select partition 2
format fs=ntfs quick
active
assign letter=E
create partition Primary size=473088
select partition 3
format fs=ntfs quick
active
assign letter=C
create partition extended size=2051
select partition 0
create partition logical size=2050
select partition 4
format fs=ntfs quick
assign letter=D
exit
Answered 02/01/2011 by: Capt.Morgan
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