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

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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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Unable to create system image on windows 8.1

While creating system image on my Windows 8.1 laptop, I am getting this error: The backup failed. The operation failed due to a device error encountered with either the sources or the destination. If ...
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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 ...
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RAW disk image and .Img format, Difference?

So I need .img file to use with xen hypervisor. Currently I have a vmdk disk image of my current installation. It seems qemu can convert from vmdk to raw disk image, and as far as I read, .img file is ...
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Move my existing Windows installation onto a SSD

I've just bought a 240Gb SSD, while my existing laptop hard drive is 1Tb. I have made a 'clean-ish' version of Windows 8.1 from the 1Tb drive and saved a Macrium Reflect image of this partition - Can ...
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Windows 7 system image: Previous increment not visible in Explorer

I tried out the backup tool built into Windows 7 Pro x64. In the help text, it says: "If you're saving your system images on an internal or external drive, or on CDs or DVDs, you can keep several ...
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How to make an image of drive directly to cloud backup?

I found this command dd if=/dev/sda7 of=/dev/sdb4 The command makes an image of dev/sda7 onto dev/sdb4.What I need to do is to make the image directly oncloud backup like Ubuntu One or Dropbox ...
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How to expand the file system for RPi emulation with QEMU?

I've recently grabbed a pre-compiled version of QEMU running Raspbian Wheezy for use on Windows as I would like to do some testing and a dev environment like this is far more kind than using the ...
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Windows System Image generation: how is Unallocated space handled?

I am cleaning up an old Acer Aspire Revo NetTop Windows 7 mini-PC. Its Hard disk drive has three partitions: 1: OEM Recovery partition - 12GB 2: System reserved - 100MB 3: C:\ Main - ~400GB (as I ...
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Solve this hex riddle! - What went wrong with my output redirection?

Following on from my question TF101 Android: Image block device via adb in which I tried unsuccessfully to save a raw image of a block device by output redirection, this question tries to determine ...
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Mount the Dell factory image partition inside a vm

I have a Dell xps 17 with a recovery section with the Dell factory image partition which contains the windows install is about 18 gb. I want to mount this as a disk image inside a Vm runninf inisde ...
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Full backup of a HDD with NTFS and EXT partitions using Windows

Windows can't read EXT, there are some apps to do it but are very limited and I need to do a full backup including the OSes (Windows 7 and Linux Mint) on the disk so it can be run from VirtualBox or ...
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Mount Core Storage partitions on image of hard drive created with ddrescue

How do I mount a whole-disk image with an encrypted CoreStorage partition? Update: I found the answer! It was super-simple: hdiutil attach -nomount somePath.img The "nomount" flag is critical ...