A disk image is a complete duplicate of a disk (or other storage media), in the form of a file.

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How can I extract files from a hard drive image? [on hold]

I have a file that's just an uncompressed byte for byte copy of a physical drive, is there a program that can open it and extract the files? (by interpreting the MBR and NTFS partitions?) Or is there ...
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Are there notable alternatives to ISO that are similarly open / widely used, while being better at general disk imaging?

ISO was designed to store data in a format ready to be written to optical media. Today, ISO is commonly used to distribute bootable images for USB flash sticks as well as images of various software ...
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Cloning hard drive with Ubuntu disks

I am trying to clone hard drive on my laptop. Clonezilla does not work for me, I cannot boot from usb-drive and my cd-rom is acting weirdly (not Clonezilla's fault). So I am thinking about booting ...
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Install Linux in file

I wondering if is possible to do at all. I have Ubuntu on my computer and I want to test other distribution on my hardware. What I want to do is: Create 10GB image file. Mount it as loop file. ...
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Why does “imagex /apply” have to be run from Windows PE (but not really)?

Microsoft TechNet's command-line reference for imagex says of the /apply switch, and I quote: ⚠ Important You must run this option from Windows PE. Since I didn't care about silly things like ...
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DISM how to apply a change to all image indexes

This one has been in my head since long time now and I can't formulate the right question on google to find myself an answer so I'll give it a try here. It's about DISM and WIM Files (Windows Imaging ...
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Acronis True Image 2016: possible to restore hdd from file based backup?

Assuming I have used Acronis True Image 2016 to create a full backup of a Windows 8 system drive using the file based backup function (i.e. not a drive image). If now the system drive dies, is it ...
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How to increase size of an ubuntu cloud image

I have been trying to start a VM using ubuntu cloud images. Now, the image size is very less, I am getting around only 2GB of space. Is there any way to increase the size? I tried qemu-img resize, but ...
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Missing disk file from clonezilla image

Tried to restore an old Clonezilla image (2013) to the HDD I had originally restored with the image, I now find I do not get the "restoredisk" option when trying to restore using Clonezilla Live. I ...
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is DD possible to skip error and create problematic image without “noerror” option?

is DD possible to skip error and create problematic image without "noerror" option ? I am trying to dd the same thing twice and compare since sometimes there might be some random errors.
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How do I resize a partition on an img file?

I have a puppy linux img that is 8gb but I need it to fit on a 6gb drive. How do I resize the ext2 partition on the img?
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How to reinitialize a complete windows system drive image from live linux?

I've seen a few questions about how to install windows from linux using ISO. And after some search also found how to install an image of a linux from linux: Create an image file of a running Linux ...
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Mac - Alias linking breaks after unzipping the folder

I am new to Mac. I am trying to zip a folder in which there are two sub folders say folder A and folder B. I create an Alias of a file in folder B and move the Alias to folder A. After I create a ...
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Should I do a bit-to-bit copy or a mirror of my damaged, encrypted HDD? (And how?)

I have an HDD with 2 partitions: 100GB unencrypted, unimportant data and 1,7TB encrypted (AES with TrueCrypt) important data. When I installed Windows 7 on another hard drive it wrote about 100MB on ...
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How to use Windows system image to restore ONLY one partition (the one imaged)

Here's my hard disk layout: One ~200MB HDD: 4 Partitions EFI (200MB) OS X 10.11 (74GB) Windows 7 (98GB) Backup (23GB) I'm trying to use a Windows 7 system image, which I have on my /dev/disk0s4 ...
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How to alter contents of virtual Android device

I need to alter hosts file of a virtual Android device in Windows environment. I tried yaffey tool (3y old), wasn't able to even list the contents.
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Create Windows 7 System Image from command line?

Does anyone know the tool and the exact command that Windows 7 uses to create a system image when using the "Back up your files" -> "Create a system image" option? I would like to add this task to a ...
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Creating image of windows partition that can be run under linux [duplicate]

I was trying to create an image of my existing windows partition in disk2vhd program. I succeeded with .vhd image, but if I try to run it in virtualbox there's given error: "No bootable medium found! ...
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Cloning/Imaging A Mounted TrueCrypt/VeraCrypt Volume

From VeraCrypt's documentation (here, section "System Partitions"), it sounds like one should be able to: 1) Boot a PE (or secondary OS), 2-3) Create & mount a new, empty encrypted volume ...
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Copying/imaging hard drive from Macbook Pro using windows software (preferrably free and open source)

Here's the situation: My macbook pro gave me the question mark+file folder icon on boot. I remove the hard drive and connect it to my windows pc using a sata to USB adaopter. There's a bunch of ...
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Dumping partition in file and booting in VirtualBox

I have a working Windows 7 partition on my laptop that I want to use in VirtualBox. To do this, I did the following: dump partition to image: dd if=/dev/sda3 of=sda3.raw create a raw vmdk: ...
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Can I create an image of the system repair disk in Windows 7

I am running windows 7 in my desktop pc but unfortunately my DVD writer has stopped working. So my question is : can I somehow create an image of the system restore disk so that I will be able to burn ...
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Why does Virtual Box care if the image file is “valid”?

I dd'ed an entire Linux hard-drive with several partitions to a single raw disk image. I've given up on loop-mounting the file on OS X, so I've installed Debian on a VirtualBox on my Macbook, hoping ...
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Using “-bless” command for multi-boot OS Macs using 10.11 El Capitan

As part of our standard deployment, we tend to deploy multiple OSs on Macs, from 10.7 to 10.11. However, with the new SIP (System Integrity Protection), the -bless command no longer works properly. I ...
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Restore windows 7 hard drive from raw image

I have an unfragmented raw image of my laptop's hard drive stored on an external hard drive (created with ftk imager which just makes a raw .001 file, not through windows to make a .iso file). My ...
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Update VirtualBox differencing image parent

I have created several VirtualBox VMs, each one writing to a differencing image on top of a shared "base" image, containing a clean Ubuntu install. The disk images look like this: Base Image |-VM 1 ...
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What steps am I missing in my attempt to create bootable Linux distribution image?

I am trying to create a distribution image (via Linux’s dd command) for an OS that will work with hard drives and flash media. I have been successful at creating the image, but I can’t get it to boot ...
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Quick way to install win7 and programs on many new 'OSless' miniPCs that will be connected in local network

is there a quick way to install win7 and some basic programs (skype, and few others) on many (exact same manufacture) new 'OSless' miniPCs that will be connected in local network. I know I can create ...
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What is Catalog and Mediaid in WindowsImageBackup?

I started backing up an image on an external HDD, and one thing I noticed is Catalog and Mediaid. I have some questions: What are these folders and files residing by my backup? What do they ...
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How to see what is changed in a difference image?

After restoring a backup, there is always the question of "What was broken?" I can always create a post-catastrophe backup image offline, mount it, mount a pre-catastrophe image and use a file ...
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Where to find Win32 Disk Imager or an alternative when you don't trust Sourceforge

I need Win32 Disk Imager in order to write Raspbian on an SD Card. It seems the place to find that software is Sourceforge, which nowaday can hardly be considered a safe place to download software. Is ...
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Restore Windows 7 to factory state, recovery won’t boot

I have a laptop that now has no Windows installation and a mostly destroyed recovery partition. I have a set of DVDs with a system image that I made when the computer was new. How do I move the image ...
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Full server backup using powershell script

I am using the following script from the microsoft website for create a image backup of my servers. The problem is that I have an external hard disk on one of my servers and the backup script always ...
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CentOS 7 image naming conventions

I'm looking at the following on CentOS 7: boot$ ls config-3.10.0-229.7.2.el7.x86_64 config-3.10.0-229.el7.x86_64 grub grub2 initramfs-0-rescue-9fde7dd9a7884e1b8fdef68620955b36.img ...
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Can a Disk Image (Disk Utility) be opened by two users on separate machines at the same time?

I have created a Disk Image to place confidential information into that myself and another colleague will be working on. problem is, we have just discovered that we both can't access the disk image at ...
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What's the difference between dd and cat for writing image files?

When writing image files to disk or to a USB stick, the instructions usually use dd, like this: dd if=myimage.img of=/dev/sdb How is this different from, say: cat myimage.img > /dev/sdb I ...
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Where is the data inside a disk image stored when it is mounted in a virtual CD-ROM?

I wanted to know what type of memory is consumed when a disk image is mounted in a virtual CD-ROM (for example, when we mount a .ISO file using Daemon Tools) and where is the data inside the disk ...
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How To Mount A Disk Image On Android With Terminal?

I'm trying to mount a disk image that I've made on my android with terminal and busybox. This is how I made the image: dd if=/dev/zero of=/sdcard/disk.img bs=4k count=131072 mkfs.vfat -v ...
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Copying a failing HDD

My laptop HDD is slowly failing, and I am trying to back up a system image before replacing it. The problem is every time I attempt it, there is an I/O error that stops the whole thing. Basically my ...
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How can I divide a drawing into a unequal size blocks using Paint.NET?

I have a magnificent set of hand drawn rune cards that I wish to scan into a runic encyclopedia of some sort. Each card is 100mm x 80mm, so I could fit 6 per A4 page to scan them. After a little edit, ...
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Use rsync on bare device

Is it feasible to use rsync on bare device files, like rsync /dev/sdb user@remote:/dev/sdb or even rsync /dev/sdb user@remote:images/sdb.img to sync two drives or a drive image?
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Is it possible to protect disk image, in format of dd, with bitlocker

I have some files on disk image. This image is in dd format. Now I want to protect that disk with bitlocker. How do I do this? I have tried mounting this image to windows with OSFMount tool, FTK ...
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Clonezilla image vanished after supposedly successful disk backup

I've just finished cloning my hard disk to an image and restarted into Windows only to find out that there is no image on the destination disk! I don't know how is that possible especially that it was ...
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Get boot-partition to recognize a second operating system

I "restored" a system image (that contains an operating system) from one computer ("src") to a partition on a different computer ("dest") which already has an operating installed on one partition. ...
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BSOD Win 7 0x1a MEMORY_MANAGEMENT (ntoskrnl.exe): Could it be a faulty HDD cloned image?

Some years ago I had a failing HDD that, in its dying breath, had a cloned image of it installed onto a new HDD. The problem is that the old HDD wasn't working anymore in the end and some data (I ...
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What does dd do that pv doesn't?

I see examples online all the time of using dd in combination with pv to show progress... But, something I don't understand is that pv is perfectly capable of doing the task entirely on it's own. So, ...
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Create EXE that mounts virtual CD-ROM or floppy disk when run

I was looking through my old USB drives and I found a flash drive that had a file called "SecretDrive.exe." When I ran it, it mounted a virtual floppy disk that contained stoke other files. There ...
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How do I sysprep a computer image [closed]

I'm new to sysprep. I am deploying an image to ~15 computers. I took one of the computers, wiped the hard drive, and created an image. I'm concerned because I'm not sure if I was supposed to sysprep ...
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How to re-image windows on a a machine with single drive/hard

I'd like to purchase a Lenovo W541 laptop, but I have an issue with the way Lenovo changed their way of having HDD. On my current laptop I have two partitions/HDD, one for system files and one for ...
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Mount VMWare Disk Images Under Linux

Is it still possible to mount VMWare disk images under Linux? I found the following two articles, both of them recommend to use kpartx -av diskimage-flat.vmdk. However both the articles are old and, ...