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

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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 ...
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MDT 2013, SCCM 2012 RS, enterprise deployment… where to start?

Our company is just recently getting back into imaging at any level. We used to use Symantec Ghost for a while, but after there were enough problems (Windows machines having odd errors after a couple ...
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Windows 7 System Image Restore Error 0x80042412 (No disk can be used…)

SSD main drive died in a computer. Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit. Had a weekly Windows Image backup on one of its hard drives. Replaced the SSD with a newer, bigger SSD. Booting from the Windows ...
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DISM fails with 'There is not enough space on the disk.' while capturing an image

I use DISM to capture images and store them on a network disk. I use a standard 32bit WinPE 4.0 environment to capture them. My current path was set to i:\images and I executed the following command: ...
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Writing past the end of the drive with dd?

Suppose I have a drive with 10000 512b sectors. If I do sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/disk2 skip=99999 count=10 what will happen? When I tested this with a real drive, dd's output suggested that ...
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Can Sparseimage be mounted in linux?

I have a .sparseimage file that I am trying to mount on Linux. I have tried mounting with the hfs and hfsplus filesystem specified but no luck. Has anyone done this before? I have used the below ...
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Can I restore a Ghost image of a Mac Mini onto a PC or laptop?

Can I make a Ghost image of a Mac Mini and restore it on my Dell 630 Latitude? Is it possible?
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What is the difference between the BIN file generated by ImgBurn and UltraISO

I have a CD that I would like to generate a BIN file from (with a CUE file to accompany it). I used ImgBurn and UltraISO to to generate two BIN files. However, I have found out that BIN files ...
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ubuntu image for multiple computers

I need to set up several computers to be exactly the same: install ubuntu apt-get some software create specific users tweak those users' settings and defaults create some global environment ...
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Windows system drive images potentially dangerous to cloud data?

It seems that Microsoft recommends to not move the C:\Users directory off the system partition (e.g. using junction points)1 at least as of Windows 8.1. At the same time however most cloud services ...
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Move Windows XP to a new disk - only moving system installation and nothing else from the partition

Part of my problem is pretty common: I bought new HDD for my computer (notebook) and now want to move Windows XP system to the new disk. My specific problem is that the system on the old disk doesn't ...
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Create system image and install it on different machines

I want to make a system image for a fresh Win 7 installation that contains only some basic software like google chrome, winrar, vlc, avira... And then install it on a number of machines that have ...
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Consistency during Windows 7 system image creation

On Windows 7 I am creating a system image of the system drive (C: in my case) onto an external USB harddisk. The process is taking long (has been running for an hour now). My question: I am taking ...
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Read MBR from Hard disk image file (.img)

I have created two image files (.img) of my two Hard disks which were RAID0. Now I need to copy MBR bytes from my image files in order copy them to mentioned hard disks, because I have re-created the ...
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Is it possible to move a 32bit laptop HDD (with win 7 already installed) to a 64 bit machine?

I have a HP laptop(32 bit machine), 160 GB HDD with windows 7(32 bit) and all programs, profiles etc ,set up to my liking. I would like to a move this HDD to a brand new Dell laptop(64 bit machine) ...
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Do I need to Sysprep Windows 7?

Let's say I have one image and I want to put the same image on many identical Lenovo laptops. These new laptops have site licenses (Office 2010, Windows 7). My questions: What software do you ...
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Clean install vs disk image

Once a year I am making a clean install on windows, in order to keep my system fast. After posting a question on making a bootable windows usb with exe programs where I was adviced to make a disk ...
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Is there a Linux equivalent for VHD from which it can boot?

I have searched for this quite a lot, yet all I could find was VLite. By the way, I'm talking about an equivalent for Windows native VHD boot and not virtualization.
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How to create vdi from existing (off line) partition?

I have an old hdd from my notebook that carries WindowsXP. I would like to run this WindowsXP installation under Virtual box under Windows7. I am able to connect the disk to my Windows7 via usb. So ...
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Move existing Windows 7 installation to new computer?

I have a Windows 7 64-bit installation on my current PC, and I want to move it to a new PC .. I do NOT have a problem with licensing, as the new system already has its own new Windows 7 license, which ...
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Backup Multiple Networked Computer's Hard Drives, As Images, And All To A Single Server?

Is it possible to backup several networked PCs hard drive's as images, and save the images to a server PC at the same time? I know that it's usual to dump one image to all PCs on the network, this is ...
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Incremental disk image backup for linux

I have 4 RHEL+2 windows workstations and 1 windows 2012 server. I want to take incremental backup of Linux to windows server. Is it possible to do this. I mean windows to windows is possible but is ...
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Image hard drive containing Acronis Secure Zone

I'm trying to image the hard drive which has System, Windows and Acronis Secure Zone partitions. On my original machine I have recovery menu prompt ["Please press F11..."]. I'm able to image it over ...
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Windows 7 on GPT partitioned SSD backup using dd

i have a SSD device as primary sata hard drive witch contains my os. On this device i have Windows and Linux Mint installed. Now i want to make an image of my windows installation so that i can ...
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Reset or restore Windows Vista folder settings to default

I had failing hard drive and managed to extract the data from it using Linux. I have tried Macrium Reflect which wasn't successful, as the clone failed. So, in Linux I finally managed to get the ...
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Mounting a large disk image over a network, it disconnects eventually

On Windows 8, I have mapped a network drive to Z:, which resides on a Mac computer on my homegroup on my gigabit network. When I mount a disk image (roughly 10 GB) on the network drive, such as an ISO ...
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I/O error when burning Windows OS to DVD from Image Burn tool

I get the error message below from Imageburn when I try to burn Windows OS to a blank DVD. I want to know whether the cause might be the DVD writer or something else? I tried two blank discs. But I ...
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Creating and Deploying Windows 8 Pro images for Surface Pro tablets

I have a stack of Microsoft Surface Pro tablets that I would like to setup with a base image, and some software for the company I work for. I know on Desktop machines I can go into Audit mode, make ...
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How to clone a SD card from HP network attached photosmart printer using Linux?

How to make a low level (file system unaware) cloning of a SD card inserted in an HP Photosmart printer, which is accessible via a local network ? smb://192.168.1.58 (192.168.1.58 is my printer IP) ...
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Stop Mac OS X disk image from being mounted automatically when files on them are accessed

I have a program that, every time it is launched, tries to read a file stored on a disk image (a sparse bundle, to be exact). If the disk image is not mounted, the program automatically attempts to ...
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How to create ext2 image without superuser rights?

I need to generate several ext2 images. The obvious way to do that is to create an image, mount it & copy the content. But it requires root permissions twice (to chown the files and to mount the ...
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Copy whole OS (Linux/Windows) to a new HDD

I want to backup my OS (windows 7 & linux) in case of HDD failure. Do I have to image whole partitions (e.g. using dd) or just copy files? I've read that rsync -a / /mnt/backup can do the job. Can ...
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Restoring a split image created by dcfldd

Say an image is generated by dcfldd using the following command: dcfldd if=/dev/sourcedrive hash=md5,sha256 hashwindow=10G md5log=md5.txt \ sha256log=sha256.txthashconv=after bs=512 conv=noerror,sync ...
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Shrink Disk Image

So I have a disk image created by running dd and copying a full hard-drive (~ 67GB). My end goal is to get this image from 70GB to 55GB. The image looks as follows in terms of partitions: boot ...
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Is it Possible to Mount a gzipped Partition Image?

I created an image of an NTFS partition using: sudo dd if=/dev/sda3 | gzip -c > Windows.img.gz & Is there any way that I can mount the compressed image directly? I do not have the disk space ...
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Software compatible with .GHO, or something to convert the image to another format

I've got a .GHO disk image that needs restoring. Normally we would use BartPE as a Live CD then use Norton Ghost to image the drive. The machine we are working on doesn't respond to BartPE at all, ...
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How can I create a backup of my computer like amazon's AMI

Hello I use a windows 7 desktop, and in the last 4 weeks I have had 12 developers join my team, and it has been a hard time to get their boxes up and running. I was researching an option where I could ...
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Windows 8 Custom Images

I want to create a custom image of my windows 8 installation (after installing and configuring drivers and needed software). This will be useful later on for refreshing the windows, instead of a clean ...
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Can I create a cloned system image and deploy it on a new machine?

I am attempting to create a backup image of a system deployed on a machine now. Then I would like to deploy this image on a different computer. Despite driver incompatibilities is this ...
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Altering a Clonezilla Image

I've got a clonezilla image that I need to change out two license keys in. Is it possible to boot from the image and run off it to make changes? It's an image of Windows 7.
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How can I make a user template for OSX which automatically makes user folders on a separate partition?

I have setup a default user template on a computer which I am building an Image for our fleet of Macbook Retinas. We are using 10.8 and I have created the default user and moved it to the ...