I've several laptops of different makes and models that I need to take a one time disk image of (not a clone), as a backup, prior to migrating the OS from Win XP to Win7.
At this point, what I'd like is to boot from a CD (or USB) into the tool/OS that does the imaging, start the imaging and be able to save it to a network drive easily because the laptop's NIC drivers are included on the CD. A bespoke CD, so to speak.
In fact, it'd be even better if I could boot into that CD and it need no intervention from me at all as it's already set up, but perhaps I'm wishing too much.
I've tried using Macrium Reflect, which uses Windows PE as the environment, but found it fiddly getting the NIC drivers installed if the standard env doesn't pick it up.
This question is very similar and gives good suggestions, but I'm particularly interested in being able to add the NIC drivers prior to running the CD.
I don't believe I can use a tool like FOG that uses PXE boot, because PXE is already used to get images from an SCCM server, and I don't know enough about PXE to make sure there wouldn't be clashes there.
Restoration isn't my main problem as the image will be a backup of last resort that will only last until the OS is migrated, it's taking the image and saving it quickly over the network.
Any help or suggestions will be much appreciated.