On March 31 created a post to the forum complaining about the speed I was/am
getting when writing a windows 7 image to a new machine. To quickly sum up -
it was taking me nearly 30 minutes to wrtie a windows 7 image to a new

Although there were several responses to that post there was no aparent
solution to the probem, several folks seem to be having the same problem of
speed with the "boatload" of very small files in the c:\winsxs directory on
windows 7. Interestingly, though at least on eof the responses to my post
indicated that at least one person didn't seem to be having the same issue I
was having and that their imaging seemed to go quickly.


I recently had the chance to write the same image to a Dell e6410 laptop
with a solid state drive and - guess what - THE IMAGE COPIED TO THE MACHINE

I had been guessing that the performace issue I was seeiing had to do with
Network configuration issues. However, given the results on this laptop
with the solid state drive it is pretty obvious that the issue relates to
disk performance and not the network.


I should expect to get much better performance with a solid state drive over
a regular SATA drive.


As I write this post I am imaging a new Dell 980 desktop machine with a SATA
hard drive. It is taking nearly 40 minutes to write the image to the
machine, but it only took 12 minutes to get to the 75% mark in the imaging
process. Writing an image up to the server from a machine like this only
takes about 15 to 20 minutes.

I may be wrong here, but it looks to me like the problem I am having with
the image write speed has to do with disk write optimization - something
like write cache.


Is there any way to modify/configure/optimize the way the Disk driver is
loaded in the PXE linux imaging system?