I did my own disc, manually, but every step (And a thousand cross-referencing double-checks to make sure I got it right on the first burn) left me weeping like a sissy for a program that would effing do it for me.
MM: Did you try the non-Free version? Or at least know if there are any better options?
I'm just after free stuff for you guys.
Word of caution to people with RAID and single HDs. I have 2x 160GB in RAID0 and a 300 GB IDE backup. When I use any unattended install, I have very bad results. This program is great, just be careful during unattended Windows install. What Windows does is erase my partition table on the IDE drive, even before I have any input. I've had this problem with any unattended install of Windows, not just this program. But this program does make it easier for people to create unattended installs and is particularly attractive being able to add RAID drivers onto the CD so I thought I'd mention it. This problem may only be in my case but it really isn't fun worrying rather or not you get your data back.
Word of caution to people with RAID and single HDs. I have 2x 160GB in RAID0 and a 300 GB IDE backup. When I use any unattended install, I have very bad results. This program is great, just be careful during unattended Windows install. What Windows does is erase my partition table on the IDE drive, even before I have any input. I've had this problem with any unattended install of Windows, not just this program. ack.
You have to edit the produced winnt.sif file with the following parameters:
That will avoid autopartitioning and autoformatting; it removes the complete unattended functionality, but doesn't blitzkrieg your HDD.
Your just not setting up the answer file correctly. Mine work fine.
No matter what kind of install (unattended or not) you have to unplug teh ide to get ALL the files to the raid setup. The five boot files goes to ide0 no matter how you install.
You claimed it deleted and formated your partitions. Not if the answer file is done RIGHT.
If you do it RIGHT (and I have almost 100 unattended installs under my belt) it will never ever EVER friggin EVER do anything to delete the existing partitions. You are doing it wrong.
I install to scsi and ide and sata raid partitions.
My unattended installs are all automated EXCEPT it stops and asks me where to install to and allows you to add/delete partitions manually. Because both I and my customers PC's have wildly varying disk setups. And we can not afford the type of errors your unattended setup causes. YOUR unattended is meant only for new PC's with no partition and no existing data to save etc...
Because YOU didnt figure out how to do it correctly does in no way mean it can't be done.
Trust me... Mine do not in any way jack with existing partitions. It does not ever in any way modify or delete or anything else unless you specify it to do it.
You're taking this wrong. My post was general heads-up to people. I've seen it happen on 2 computers. Is everyone going to take time to master unattended installs before using nLite? No. This is a great article by MM, and the tool is useful. I just said to be careful. Please don't insist I'm wrong when you only read the half story.
How do those "unattended installs" work anyway? You pop in the CD and it installs Windows? Surely I'm missing something? Do you pick all the time and network options and stuff before the install begins, and it goes from there?