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I've been using G4U happily to do all of the imaging at VUHS, however, 3 major issues (Dell Gx280's) arrived via FedEx not too long ago which required an alternative method.

The first issue was that they have SATA drives. Luckily, with a little googling, I found out that there is a compatibility mode for PATA in the BIOS.

I ended up using a Gentoo 2005.0 livecd and putting the keyboard in one of the two ports nearest the network card (the other ones seemed to work coldplugged only every other boot but worked hotplugged after startup just fine ???). The driver for the SATA on a dell gx280 is ata_piix.




NOTE: I use grub on all of the machines, windows or linux - it's just easier that way.

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 modprobe ata-piix
 /etc/init.d/portmap start
 mkdir /mnt/nfsserver
 mount -t nfs /mnt/nfsserver

 dd if=/dev/sda of=/mnt/nfsserver/op_gx280.mbr bs=512 count=1
 dd if=/dev/sda1 | gzip -c > /mnt/nfsserver/op_gx280.sda1.gz
 dd if=/dev/sda2 bs=8M | gzip -c > /mnt/nfsserver/op_gx280.sda2.gz

Boot up your next machine and image it

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 modprobe ata-piix
 /etc/init.d/portmap start
 mkdir /mnt/nfsserver
 mount -t nfs /mnt/nfsserver

 dd if=/mnt/nfsserver/op_gx280.mbr of=/dev/sda
 gunzip /mnt/nfsserver/op_gx280.sda1.gz -c | dd of=/dev/sda1
 gunzip /mnt/nfsserver/op_gx280.sda2.gz -c | dd of=/dev/sda2 bs=8M


One question remains: Why the heck do these things not have ps2 ports, but still have floppy drives?

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