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

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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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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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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, ...
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NBF image in VirtualBox

I have a .nbf disk image created by acer backup manager of a windows laptop. How can I boot this system from a linux host system with virtualbox?
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“Destination drive will be ovewritten” when creating an image from a partition

I want to make an .vmdk image of a partition of my primary disk with Norton Ghost 12, and put the resulting image on an external USB drive. I select Local > Partition > To Image, then the drive ...
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Make a browsable HDD copy [closed]

I need to clone a HDD to a network drive and then be able to extract files from the image (it should be faster than copying files from that HDD). It's highly preferrable if I could do it from a live ...
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Preserve factory state of hard drive in new desktop computer

This may be paranoid or control freakish but the goal is to preserve and restore the factory state of the HD of a new desktop computer prior to it's first boot. To avoid accidentally booting from the ...
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Windows 8 and installing from image (Norton Ghost/Macrium Reflect/etc)

First of, I'm not sure if this fits here or should be in Server Fault. If it should be in Server Fault, please let me know and I will close here and repost there. Now to my situation: I have 30 ...
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DISM to Capture Entire Disk As-Is

In short: Is it possible to leverage dism to capture an image of an entire disk as-is, akin to taking an image with Ghost, GParted, PartedMagic, CloneZilla etc.? I've got a shiny new machine and ...
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How to shrink a ddrescue-created image or copy to new image?

I have rescued data from a 2TB hdd (and it turned out that it was not faulty - but this is a different story) and I got a 2TB image. Mounting this image under Linux, I can see (using df) that in this ...
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ddrescue - how are my chances and how could I speed it up? [closed]

I am trying to rescue data from a damaged laptop's 500 GB hard drive using ddrescue version 1.19 on Ubuntu 14.04. By damaged I mean that the drive got corrupted when the laptop hit the ground while ...
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How does each PXE boot client know to grab the image from Clonezilla server?

I am kind of used to Fog and trying out Clonezilla for a change. For Fog, all of our clients are on PXE boot all of the time. I noticed there is not much instruction on Clonezilla server through PXE ...
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BOOTMGR is missing. How to replace Windows 7 embedded boot files after applying image in WinPE

I have just applied an image of a Windows 7 Embedded system to a HDD using Imagex inside WinPE. I captured the image of the system on the same board and the same drive and cleaned the drive before ...
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How to setup a NTFS partition on an Acronis Bootable Rescue Media USB drive

Anybody know if it's possible to partition the drive that currently has a bootable USB on it without erasing or formatting the entire USB drive?
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Ubuntu, System/disk image to USB

It's simple. I have a 212GB pc with ubuntu 10.04 on it already configured for production environment. Only 4 GB are used out of 212GB. I want a (possibly quick) way to put the system image on a ...
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Multiple clonezilla images availible for clients

Is it possible to setup SE so that when the client PXE boots, the image selection menu will list all available images. For example Image_A, Image_B and Image_C. So if I PXE boot System_B, I would ...
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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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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 ...