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Splitting an Image

If the .wim file is too large for your selected media, you can split the file into smaller files for spanning across multiple media. For example, if your .wim file is too large to fit on a single CD, you can split the .wim file so that it spans several CD-ROMs.

By default, the /split option names the split .wim files the same as the specified image_file, with an additional number and a .swm file name extension, but you can specify a customized name or destination location.

To split an image

  1. Determine the size of the media required for the image.
  2. On your technician computer, at a command prompt, open the ImageX directory. For example,
    c:\Program Files\<version>\Tools\<architecture>
    
    where <version> can be Windows OPK or Windows AIK and <architecture> can be x86, amd64, or ia64.
  3. Split the image. For example,
    imagex /split d:\imaging\data.wim 600
    
    where d:\imaging\data.wim is the name and the location of the image file to split and 600 is the size in megabytes (MB) for each of the created files.
    In this example, the /split option creates a Data.swm file, a Data2.swm file, a Data3.swm file, and so on.

To split an image providing a custom name and destination location

  1. Determine the size of media required for the image.
  2. On your technician computer, at a command prompt, open the ImageX directory. For example,
    c:\Program Files\<version>\Tools\ <architecture>
    
    where <version> can be Windows OPK or Windows AIK and <architecture> can be x86, amd64, or ia64.
  3. Split the image into a specific directory. For example,
    imagex /split c:\imaging\data.wim d:\imaging\dataparts.swm 25
    
    where c:\imaging\data.wim is the name and the location of the image file to split, d:\imaging\dataparts.swm is the destination name and the location for the split .wim files, and 25 is the size in megabytes (MB) for each of the created files.
    In this example, the /split option creates a Dataparts.swm file, a Dataparts2.swm file, a Dataparts3.swm file, and so on, in the d:\imaging directory.

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