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I have a Linux VM that runs in VMware Player. It has /dev/sda1 mounted as /boot and /dev/sda2 mounted as /. I want to use dd to capture both partitions. I now know from the answer to this post that to capture the partition cleanly, the partitions should be unmounted at the time of capture.

The question is, how do I boot to a live cd or second OS within the same VMware Player session so that I can unmount the two partitions and then capture them cleanly with dd?

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migrated from Mar 15 '13 at 1:39

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You should be able to mount an .ISO file of a LiveCD by using the Devices->CD/DVD menu option in VMWare Player. You can then get a command line, and then dd each of the /dev/ devices that you want. If you create a third drive, you could mount that to have somewhere to dd to.

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