If you're working with Windows XP Embedded (or a Windows CE device that boots from H/D) then you may have been struggling with how to image the hard drive - I have a couple of small reference boards (ICOP and AMD) that both have 128MB RAM can boot from USB floppy, have networking etc... so I've been booting from USB floppy, running FDISK/format and then using MS-DOS networking to connect to my development PC and copy the XP Embedded O/S image to my reference board - this works, but is a little painful.

At this weeks Microsoft Robotics meeting Jack Creasey showed a USB/IDE cable he uses to deploy O/S image from his desktop/laptop - how very cool is that ! - plug the cable into your development PC, format the drive, copy the O/S image and you're done !

Here's an example cable from PCTek Online - the cable costs around $40 but might be worth the cost in time saving alone!

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- Mike