Cloning PXI(e) Controller Hard Drive

Updated Dec 18, 2018

Reported In


  • PXI Controller

Operating System

  • Windows
  • NI Linux Real-Time

Issue Details

I have multiple PXI(e) controllers and chassis. To save the software installation time and effort I would like to install all the required software on one PXI(e) controller and clone same controller image and deploy it to the others. How to do this?


This can be done in different ways depending on the PXI(e) controller Operating System:

Real Time OS: To clone your RT drive, Use the NI Replication and Deployment (RAD) Utility. This utility provides a turn-key solution for automated RT image deployment, replication, and management.

Windows OS: All Windows Embedded Controller will have an OEM version of Acronis True Image Installed. This means that you can use the Acronis True Image tool to create an image of the Windows drive or entire hard disk and store it to a specific location and then, Use the Acronis True Image tool to deploy the created image on to multiple Embedded Controller drives or hard disks. Refer to How to Create a Backup Image on a PXI(e) Controller? article to do the same.

Additional Information

Note for cloned images on Windows:  NI recommends only using cloned images if you have the exact same controller model (i.e. PXIe-8135).  Images from other controller models or revisions of the same model (check part number) could result in software corruption and/or unexpected behavior.  If you experience issues, install Windows from scratch onto the controller and use a batch installer to install the specific software and drivers needed.  For more information please see Creating a Custom Installer with the NI Batch Installer Builder .


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