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 to create a copy of whole server into a image?

I have a physical server which has some mission critical data on it and some other hosted application. The server needs to be taken down and data needs to be migrated at some place eles. What i want ...
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How can I mount a Windows 7 disk image on the same system? (signature conflict)

In another recent post on superuser.com I asked how to back up all of my files on a Windows 7 system before reboot. It was advised to create a disk image using disk2vhd. I did so but when I mount ...
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dd'ing images onto an SD card

I have a somewhat weird situation I'm trying to dd an OS image (something which I dd'ed off a card earlier) onto an SD card. The card capacity is 8GB and the image was made off an SD card of similar ...
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Mounting a Partitioned Image

I'm having a bit of difficulty mounting some .img files that I myself didn't create (I've been able to mount ones I've created just fine). This is what parted shows me for one particular file: ...
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How should I back-up my data before a windows re-install? Omitted files when copying C drive

I wonder how to make sure I backed up all files before whiping out C and re-install Windows (factory reset). I have taken best of care to copy my documents, photos etc. to an external drive. However ...
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Restoring SD Card With .dmg File On Windows

I have a .dmg disk image (created using a Mac, of course) of an SD card. My understanding is that .dmg files are proprietary to Macs running OS X, but I'm not sure. So my question is: If I put the ...
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Windows 10 system image fails

I am having trouble making a system image of my Windows 10 installation. The problem started occurring after I upgraded to an SSD from an HDD. (I used EaseUS to copy my Windows installation on the HDD ...
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Find Duplicate Files Between HDD (for ex: Total Size:500Gbs) AND HDD Image only Files Hash(3mb)

Any way to find duplicate files between a files/folder group and image hard disk (files content hash database)
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Swap HDD between 2 desktops

I have 2 desktops at my home with different configs and OSes. First PC: OS: Windows 10 CPU: Intel Core i3 4130 3.4 GHz Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H81M-S RAM: 4 GB HDD: WD Blue 1 TB 7200 RPM Second ...
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VirtualBox Disk Image (VDI) is larger than content but --compact doesn't work

I have a dynamic VDI image with 12 GB of data: Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on udev 2.0G 4.0K 2.0G 1% /dev tmpfs 404M 1.1M 403M 1% /run /dev/sda1 ...
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Windows 7 Pro create/restore image left 'All Users' and 'Default User' pointing to D:\

All, I apologize, I am not a windows user (not primarily), but I can find my way around under the hood OK. This has me bewildered. I have a 1-user (me) Win7 Pro install that I used create image (to ...
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Suggestions for setting up a Linux machine's environment like DeepFreeze does

For out office, we need a fleet of Kali laptops that we can bring to clients. The laptops need to be able to function as if they were running something like "DeepFreeze" by Faronics. What this means ...
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Scan image file or disk for pattern and return its location

Say I have a block device or an image file. And say I also have a sequence of bytes or a string or some search pattern. How can I get the positions of the occurrences of such a pattern or string? Are ...
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Fastest way to clone 15 physical PCs from an image [closed]

At work, I have multiple rooms with 10 to 20 PCs inside. They should all have the same image applied on their disks. In order to install such configurations, we usually clone one by one each of the ...
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Why is Encase disk image smaller than used space on source HDD?

I am using a forensic disk imaging tool to make an Encase (E01) disk image of a 4TB hard drive. 3.19TB of space is actually used on this disk. The resultant disk image is 2.82TB in size. No ...
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How can I extract files from a hard drive image? [closed]

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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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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Windows 10 image from Clonezilla comes up in GMT-1

Mixed Win8.1 / Win10 shop, Linux infrastructure. Jenkins runs machines; OS, apps, drivers, Clonezilla supplies OS images. Images installed by PXE boot/Jenkins coercing it. With release of Win10, ...
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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 ...