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

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Acronis True Image automate restore process

I have to restore several pc's every four month from the same tib-image. At the moment I do the restore manually with the restore-cd but I would like to save time in the future. Is there an option to ...
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Can not mount copy of image file (ddrescue): “can't have a partition outside the disk”

I'm struggling for days now moving my old Windows XP installation to a new hard disk, because the old disk is failing. Long story short: I successfully created an image of the entire (failing) disk ...
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How can I keep a reference version of a computer?

I've been tasked with rebuilding a family member's computer, but they want to keep the machine in pretty much the same state. Due to the reasons I'm rebuilding it (viruses), I'm going to take across ...
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Getting consistent results in NetRestore for a multiple model Mac deployment

I'm currently the Mac QA Admin for over 120 different Macs. I have MacBooks, Mac Minis, MacBook Pros, Mac Pros, iMac 24", 21.5" and 27". That's a lot of different screen sizes. I have a Default User ...
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Retrieve product key from system image [duplicate]

I made an image of a drive from the HDD. The initial system wasn't booting up so i couldn't back up the key using magic jellybeans. Is there any way i could retrieve the key from the image i made? ...
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Clone entire disk to image using clonezilla and keep bootloader(s)

I have hardware issues with my notebook, so I'm sending it in tomorrow and need to backup the disk. Because I have multiple OSes installed it would be very important for me to preserve the bootloaders ...
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Many problems with windows cloned by clonezilla

After many attempts I've installed a clonezilla image of my old computer on my new notebook but I did this wrong. Windows starts but I need to launch explorer manually, I have the This copy of Windows ...
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How do I make a backup of OS X Yosemite boot USB as an image on the hard disk?

For CDs one could make an image file and store it on their hard disk. If they wanted to use it again, they could burn to disk or emulate using something like daemon tools. I want to know if something ...
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How can a partial image backup or restore be performed?

I want to carve out some of the unused space on the Windows partition of my computer for other use. After defragmenting the free space, there are unmoveable files roughly in the middle of the ...
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windows recovery disk image; on OSX

Found many variations on this question, but not the answer for exactly this. Maybe my google-fu sucks, but: I have a Windows 8 USB recovery disk, created on a Windows 8.1 machine. I also have a Mac ...
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How to clone a bootable SD card to a little smaller card?

I have an 8G bootable SD card used for Raspberry Pi. Currently I bought an exactly same card, in order to clone the card. I have tried the following steps: Create an image from the old card: ...
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Make disk image with real-time compression over network on Linux

I have two Linux notebooks on a network and no additional storage. I want to backup the first notebook hard drive (make full HDD image), on the second notebook. How could I do that using real-time ...
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Back up a bootable USB drive to an image file

I've used the "Recovery Disk" function in Windows 8.1 to create a bootable USB drive with the factory defaults for a laptop. Now I plan to wipe the laptop and install Ubuntu on it. I'm not ...
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How can a system disc image be restored?

The ability to create a system image of the system disc (with software such as Acronis True Image) makes sense - the operating system stays intact throughout the process. But how will that image be ...
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What is the difference between a disk-image and a collection of files? [closed]

What is the difference between creating an image of a disk vs. copying all the files on the disk? What is the difference between writing an image to a disk vs. formatting a disk and copying a ...
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Using Clonezilla (or alternate) to make a *partial* full disk image of a multi-partition, multi-boot hdd

So I have a windows multi-boot system with XP installed first, then windows 7. I also have further partitions for user data, etc. I do not fully understand where (and what) data is stored on a pc ...
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Sysprep inaccessible machine

I need to move a known working Windows 7 OS from one machine to another. Problem is, the source machine is not bootable due to hardware failure, but the OS and data are fine. Due to hardware ...
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windows equivalent for dd

I need to read and write various flash card images. The way i always did this in linux was with dd, and that did the trick. What is a good windows equivalent? Simply put, i need to be able to read an ...
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How to create USB flash “.bin” image in Linux without physical drive

I have some files under Linux, which I have to copy to multiple SD-cards under Windows periodically (not bootable, but with file permissions, filesystem ext3). Now the procedure is: I copy files to ...
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Silent Installs of Programs in the answer file for Windows 7 [closed]

I'm using Sysprep and Windows AIK to create a system image. I installed all the programs that won't need updating and wanted to create msi files for programs that usually update (like firefox or an ...
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What happens if I plug a Windows7 hard drive into a different PC?

In terms of - a) technical and b) licensing considerations, will it work? Obviously many drivers will be incorrect/missing but I'd have expected Windows was able to fix that. So will it run up and ...
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Setting up new Win 7 install with work domain

As an intern, I've been trying to customize a Win 7 PC so I can capture it and use it throughout work. However I set up the PC and then added the work domain. However, now when I'm prompted for my ...
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Is it possible to image only a single partition in Windows 7?

I have a fairly good sized Hard Drive (2.5 GB) which I have partitioned into several parts. I want to know if it is possible for me to use Windows Backup in such a way that I am able to image and ...
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How do I create an encrypted mountable read/write disk image under windows?

I know that in linux and osx it's easy to create a disk image that is encrypted and (given you know the key) can be mounted and you can read/write its content. Under windows there are plenty of tools ...
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Expand size of disk image after dd operation

Background : I used the debian wheezy raspberry pi build, a generic kernel image with qemu to build a raspberry pi image. I copied the resulting image to the SD card with dd. That SD card is a 16 gb ...
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How do I create a bootable backup disk image for my BeagleBone

How do I create a bootable backup disk image for my BeagleBone? Current install is a on a 8GB micro SD card, the card I'm trying to copy it to is a 16GB card. I've tried using Win32DiskImager. But ...
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Windows 8 image creation

http://en.kioskea.net/faq/29239-windows-8-1-how-to-create-a-system-image If I was to create a system image using this method above, will the external hard drive I save it to be completely wiped and ...
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Custom Installer for Splitted Image Disc

TL;DR Split a disc image in two or more disc images or packaged files Have a installer or executable to use them all together, requesting resources successively from each one -OR- if not possible a ...
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Data recovery on a disc image

I have a destroyed partition table on a disk. To not destroy more while trying to repair I like to test recovery first on a full disc image created with dd. Especially I have to create a new logical ...
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Copy image/disk/partition, not necessarily entirely and with compression for image

As my last question was considerated "off-topic", here it is reformulated : I have a 16GB SDCard but I put 4GB image on it and I want to be able to extract&store compressed only the 4GB image ...
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Make Windows boot after sector-wise copying from 4 GB flash card to 8 GB

I've Windows Embedded XP system installed on a 4 GB Compact Flash card (which is visible as IDE drive to operating system). I've used dd to move it sector-to-sector to another flash drive which is 8 ...
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Inserting a partition image into a disk image

I've imaged all the partitions and the mbr (512B) of a 120GB hdd (via ddrescue). I've imaged those partitions separately. It took over 18 hours to completely recover the damaged main partition ...
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How can I convert a partition image to a mountable disk image?

So I thought I made an image of an entire drive, but it turns out that I only made an image of the main partition. This is an NTFS partition. How can I correctly convert this into an MBR-type disk ...
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Is is possible to get a virtual disc drive to mount over usb to another machine's motherboard?

Here's what I'm trying to do. I have dvd duplicators that only duplicate discs from a master disc. I can also install an internal hdd with images stored on them and duplicate from there. These ...
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Can I pause dd writing, remove the medium, mount it again and continue without causing I/O error?

I'm creating a compressed image of a laptop's internal drive into an external USB disk using a LiveCD GNU/Linux system. Also I use pv to monitor the progress. Here's how the command looks like: dd ...
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Can Windows 7/8 System Image Recovery be used to clone a PC to different hardware?

Using the System Image Recovery option in Windows 7 & 8 (as detailed here for Win8, and here for Win8.1) is it possible to create a system image on one machine, and restore it to another machine, ...
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Can I use Macrium (or advice alternative) to complete back-up and restore a whole Windows system?

A friend of mine asked me to have a look at his laptop as, I have verified, it's running slow because of viruses (Nothing odd running, but processor constant at 100%; relatively new PC). I will do a ...
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Image harddisk with clonezilla +install ubuntu+ copy data in that 1 TB external hard drive [closed]

I have just bought 1TB external hard drive so i can image my laptop's hard disk with clonezilla and i can always revert back if i am in some unknown trouble. I have almost 100Gb on my C drive. If ...
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Create an image of a partition that I can mount on windows/linux

I am going to change my PC but I would like to create an image of the partition of my old PC (windows is installed there) that can I use on my new PC (I mean just reading/writing data not running the ...
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How-to Write ChromeOS image to USB?

I have downloaded the chrome os build by hexxeh but I am confused what to do next as the link to write it to the usb on the website no longer works so I need to find another way. How can I do this? ...
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Force linux to drop changes to disk after each reboot

Is it possible to configure a linux system such that the system remembers a certain state of disk image file, and you can also write some changes to the disk while you are on the system, but the next ...
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Can an image made with Clonezilla be restored without using Clonezilla?

I created several images with Clonezilla. If I don't have Clonezilla's live CD but I have another Linux distro, Knoppix, for example, that does not have Clonezilla, is there another program to ...
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Creating a data rescue partition

I am trying to recover deleted files from a Windows HDD (320 Gb) with multiple partitions. Have three questions: Will dd if=/dev/sdb of=~/image_sdb.img bs=4096 create an image of all partitions ...
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Will Win7 Hidden Install Partition Still Work After Cloning and Restoring to a New Hard Drive

I have a laptop with Windows 7 whose hard drive is failing. There is no install disk and a fresh install is done via the bios and a hidden partition containing the Win7 install files. I'd like to ...
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Retrieving data from Disk Utility Image

I created an image of my mac using disk utility. It's a .dmg. It has a lot of data on it (about 1 TB) and I only want one file from it. Is there any way I can selectively pull information from it, ...
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How to merge windows recovery disk images?

I have 3 Windows recovery disk images (.iso files). How do I marge then into 1 disk image so I can put it into my pen drive. I don't have any disks and don't want to buy anything. I try ...
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image drive with safecopy and compress the output

I am trying to image a drive with SafeCopy and compress the output file on the fly so that it won't take up way too much space. (aka 500GB > 50GB) Will this command work? sudo safecopy --stage1 ...
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Questions about using Clonezilla to create and restore image on Windows 8.1 secure boot system

I'd like to use clonezilla to create a disk image of a Windows 8.1 system with secure boot enabled and some third-party software installed, so that I can at a later time restore the system from that ...
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Compute md5sum of every 1MB part of stream from pipe

I want to do checksumming of large files and stream in unix/linux, and I want get many checksums from every large part of file/stream, every 1 MB or every 10MB. For example, I have disk image, ...
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Can I simply copy a factory image from an HDD to an SSD before going through the first-time Windows setup, and keep Windows genuine?

I got my laptop back from the repair facility today, and found it was reset with "factory preload software," which includes a fresh install of Windows 7 Professional. I started my laptop to see it ...