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 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 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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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 in Linux, which I have to copy to multiple SD-cards in Windows periodically (not bootable, but with file permissions, filesystem ext3). Now the procedure is: I copy files to one ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Restoring Win7 system drive image from primary hard drive (not CD/DVD)?

I managed to mess up my c:\windows. Windows still runs but many apps fail and after thorough investigation it turned out the system installation is beyond repair (tried sfc and everything else). I do ...
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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 ...