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Tue Mar 11, 2014 4:51 pm
I'm eagerly awaiting the delivery of a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon running Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit with a 256GB SSD.
I'd like to image the SSD as it arrived before turning on the system and finishing the OS setup. I have an external DVD drive, an external 3TB drive, and licenses for both BIBM and IFW. Presuming I can boot from the external DVD, can I use a BIBM boot disk to run IFD and image the SSD? Or would I have to remove the SSD from the new laptop and attach it to some other box to image it?
For now, I'm not planning to partition the SSD, though that may come later.
Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:32 pm
You should be able to boot from either a CD/DVD or USB media. Personally, I usually use a flash drive since it's quicker to create/update and boot. BIBM/IFD should be okay if the system is not in UEFI mode (unlikely). IFL and TBWinRE/PE generally provide better hardware support and support booting on UEFI systems (for best USB 3 support in WinPE you may need a 8.0/8.1 source).
Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:52 pm
Thanks, Paul. I suppose I get just one shot to do this properly before the new laptop starts into its setup routine. I'll have to make sure I find out how to force a boot from a flash drive on the very first power up.
Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:15 pm
You probably will need to change the boot sequence so watch for how to
access whatever place is needed to do that.
On 3/11/2014 6:52 PM, PsychBiller wrote:
> Thanks, Paul. I suppose I get just one shot to do this
properly before the new laptop starts into its setup routine.
I'll have to make sure I find out how to force a boot from a flash
drive on the very first power up.
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