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

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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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What to do with a Linux OS microSD image file?

I am trying to install Ubuntu on the Odroid U2 SoC (http://www.hardkernel.com/renewal_2011/products/prdt_info.php) From this site I downloaded the "Micro-SD image file" ...
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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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System image/Backup & restore

I am running Windows 7 64-bit. If I "create a system image" is that the same thing as selecting all files/folders on all HDDs and carrying out a "backup & restore" please? If they are not the ...
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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 ...
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How to mount sparseimage permanently at specific mount point?

I have a read/write image that needs to be mounted at a specific location, how can I have it mounted on bootup at that location? Not necessarily for my user but maybe the whole system? My mount point ...
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A bootable self-installable image of a fresh Windows installation with Norton Ghost?

I have just set up my aunt's computer with Windows, drivers and the software she needs. At some point in the future, when the computer has gotten unbearable clogged up with bloatware and stuff, I will ...
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Recover Dell Factory Restory Image on Secret Drive

I have an Studio 17, which has a secret 15 gigabyte partition with the original Windows 7 recovery image. Is there any way I can convert this into a recovery DVD so that I can delete the partition. I ...
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Updating Windows registry on a disk image

I have a hard disk image (.vmdk) taken from an old computer. The image contains a Windows 2000 installation. Now I would like to update the registry on the image to make it bootable. (I'm suffering ...
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Clonezilla Disk too Small when it isn't

I took a 320 gig hard drive, shrunk the partition for Windows to 40 gigabytes, and cloned the partition. I'm trying to restore onto a 250 gig drive. I keep getting either a failed partition table, or ...
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NTFS4DOS without logo?

I want to create NTFS bootable image. I use NTFS4DOS for read/write access to NTFS partitions. I use it because it loads fast, in just a few seconds. Every time I load from it, the NTFS4DOS logo ...
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If I image a hard drive, wipe it clean, and then restore it, are deleted files really gone?

Assuming I want to make sure all traces of deleted files are gone from a system, but don't want to do a clean install or lose the current system configuration, will restoring an image of a hard drive ...
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Very slow opening of an encrypted sparse bundle image in the Finder over the network

I have a 500GB spares bundle encrypted disk image that I store on a network drive, that contains around 200 video files (various formats: mov, mp4, mts) in its root level, plus a few subfolders. ...
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Where do I download Windows 7 home premium SP1 OEM version disk image legally? [duplicate]

Is there any legitimate place where I can download Windows 7 home premium SP1 OEM version? I want to re-install Windows, but I've lost my Windows install disk. I'm considering downloading the disk ...
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Use losetup and dd to make filesystems images ready to be deployed

Introduction Using dd, one can easily backup the MBR and partition table of a disk. It's as easy as: dd if=/dev/disk2 of=~/Desktop/disk2_mbr bs=512 count=1 One can also backup whole partitions: dd ...
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Mount a Linux Disk Image with two file systems?

I'm working with the new Kali Linux ARM images, and after hours of not figuring anything out in terms of mounting, I got it to mount via my Mac and fuse. Here's the curious thing, it's a single image ...
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Can I convert a fat32 disk image to NTFS, and how?

I have just imaged a FAT32 disk drive on a NTFS disk drive. I'm aware I could have imaged on a FAT32 HDD and convert it later, but I figured it out too late and I'm trying to save processing time (I ...
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Migrating Windows 7 from a drive whose current active/bootable partition is a proprietary 'recovery' partition

I have a Toshiba laptop with a failing HD which I plan to swap for an SSD. The current setup sees the laptop booting silently through a 'recovery' partition which I'm assuming is proprietary to ...
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Reinitialize USB pendrive that was used to boot linux

I have a pendrive that was used to boot a linux image (created using dd if=... of=/dev/sd4 bs =1m on a mac) Now I would like to use it again as regular pendrive. Unfortunately I just have a windows ...
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dd backup produces bigger image file

I created a disk image with dd. The hard disk capacity is 2 GB. However, the image produced a 3.8 GB file. I used: dd if=/dev/mmcblk0 > /mnt/sd/disk0.img (where mmcblk0 is a microSD card, with 3 ...
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Operating System not found when loading DD image in VMware

I provide much details below to hopefully make my issue as clear as possible. Using dd if=/dev/ps3da2 of=/mnt/edexhdd/EDPS3LINUX.iso bs=16384 I copied a fairly huge partition from a physical Linux ...
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Creating a Windows 7 image with Ghost to install from CD?

I have about 50 identical laptops that need to all be running Windows 7 with some extra programs and drivers. My boss is telling me to prepare one laptop, then use Ghost to create a bootable CD from ...
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Restore a system image

I created a system image in a network location on Windows 7. How can I restore this system image in case of a failure?
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Is Acronis True Image always a true image?

I am planing a full backup in my computer using Acronis for the first time. I know that there are two kinds of backup softwares, one that can only copy the files and restore them, but cannot restore a ...
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Sony Vaio Windows 7 home

I have a Sony Vaio. I wanted to put Linux Mint 14 on it. I used disk management to resize my drive. On the disk manager it should the different partitions available. I installed Linux in the ...
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Sparse image filesystem suitable for live linux filesystem

I want to boot linux (Mint 14) from an USB drive, but mount essential parts of the filesystem from the hard drive (/home, /usr, /opt). Is there a filesystem type that can be used within a sparse image ...
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Mount floppy disk image (*.img) as virtual floppy drive

Title says it all. I am looking for some software that will allow me to mount a floppy disk image (*.img) as a virtual floppy drive...similar I suppose to mounting an ISO image to a virtual optical ...
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Imagex.exe performance

I'm using Microsoft's imagex.exe for backup and restore in 2 configurations: A mirror raid of 2 500GB hard drives, and a mirror raid of 2 1TB hard drives. The second configuration is 30% slower even ...
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dd /dev/sda to img on drive

If I run: sudo dd if=/dev/sda1 of=~/image.img bs=1M Will the image.img (which is located on /dev/sda1) be continuously copied onto itself? As it gets bigger from data, will that additional data be ...
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Backup cd as image or copy files

I have some old music CDs and I want to backup them before they stop working completely. I know how to backup them technically but I am not sure whether to backup them as images or copy the music ...
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Can I copy an image of a partition into a new partition of different size?

The primary master of my NAS server is about to die (according to the S.M.A.R.T message I receive on boot). I have dutifully ordered a new drive and will replace the failing one as soon as I receive ...
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How to create an image of a Live system over ssh?

I have a question about a FreeBSD server that I cannot access at the moment. But because we would like to try some new stuff we want to create a backup of this system first. The question is: is ...
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Creating laptop's disk drive image [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Free way to clone HDD to SSD? I have bought a new laptop and there is an original HDD which I replaced with the SSD one. I do want to make an image of the original hard ...
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Clone partition table of a dying hard disk

I have a hard disk here that looks like it is dying sooner or later. SMART checks already give me a lot of errors. The system is a dual boot with Windows and Linux and (not quite sure about that ...
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How can I create a full disk image in Windows 7?

I've just bought a new laptop, it came with Windows 7 installed, and I would like to install linux. I know I can have both, but just in case I want to first backup everything. I want to copy an image ...
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Is it possible to change the 'hardware version' in VMWare player?

I am using the latest version of VMWare Player, and I need to create an image for a server. Is it possible to downgrade the hardware version to version 7 (equivalent to VMWare Player 3.xx), rather ...