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I know that:

  1. An ISO image can be burned to a CD/DVD.
  2. It can be mounted to any directory in the hard disk.
  3. It can be burned to a CD, and then the contents be copied to the hard disk.

But can we actually put the contents of the ISO image on the hard disk (as in option 3 above) directly? (without burning it to a CD first)

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Yes, you can do it directly, for example, you could save a drive image into a iso and then recover it to the same hard disk using Clonezilla.

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Thank you for introducing the software Clonezilla. –  Parviz Jul 11 '12 at 18:53
    
You welcome.... –  Diogo Jul 11 '12 at 19:00

Yes.

Method 1 (GUI):

Double click the ISO image to open it. Drag all the files to another location on your hard drive.

Method 2 (command line):

Mount the ISO:

mount -o loop,ro /path/to/image.iso /mnt
cp -a /mnt/* /destination
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This is the answer I was looking for. Thank you kindly. –  Parviz Jul 11 '12 at 18:37
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@Parviz Welcome to superuser. Remember to accept the answer that solved your problem (click the outline of the check mark next to it). –  Michael Hampton Jul 11 '12 at 18:46

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