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Authored by: gabester on Jul 20, '10 08:53:12AM
While I hate to sound like a platform troll, having done a good bit of disk imaging on both platforms and needing to frequently troubleshoot, Microsoft's Windows Automated Install Toolkit (WAIK3), and the Deployment Toolkit (MDT2010) which both use WinPE actually do a pretty decent job of letting you build a custom platform for running most disk diagnostic tools. In fact, I have to say that while Disk Utility gets the job done well enough for the basics, MDT2010 really lets you leverage some nice enterprise automation. It's analogous to OS X Server's NetBoot, only the cost of entry is only that of a Win7 Pro license.

I'd really like to leverage some of the linux tools and use OS X better but Microsoft's documentation in this regard is pretty good - but then, it does what it's intended to do best, serve their enterprise customers.

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