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

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Reduce size of disk image on Mac OS

I have several disk images in IMG format, which contain whole file system images presumably in ext2. I want to remove free sectors and therefore wasted space in the images. Is there any way in OS X/ ...
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Read/write cross-platform disk image

I have a read-writable .sparseimage on a Mac; I'd like to start using the contents on a Linux machine as well. Is there a cross-platform read-write disk image container I can use? (The contained ...
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Getting Windows 8 System Image Recovery to recognize my backup

I have a bad feeling about Windows 8 backup already. I sure hope I'm just being plain dumb and somebody can enlighten me. Short story: Windows 8 System Image Recovery does not find my system image. I ...
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Win 8 RECIMG fails when writing image

Recimg hangs showing 1% of the image written. Creates target file on drive, lots of disc activity but doesen't write any data. Tried with a couple of different target drives (internal and USB) from ...
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Restoring from .wim image without access to Windows DVD

I'm attempting to fix a friend's computer. It will not boot to anything Windows-related (see my earlier question for more information). I was able to boot into Peppermint OS to back up her files and ...
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Retrieve folder from WindowsImageBackup without original PC

I've had to RMA a faulty laptop recently and backed up everything apart from 1 file that I forgot about. The file will still exist when I get my laptop back as I took a full C: drive image using the ...
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How can i back up a hard drive as a mountable drive image (encrypted)

I want to back up my HDD so I can wipe it and start fresh. However I want to create an image of it as it is right now that I can mount at any time as another drive. I want this image to be encrypted. ...
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How can I mount dd image of a partition?

I created a dd image of a partition (containing an HFS+ FS) of one of my disks (and not the entire disk) a few days ago using the following command - dd conv=sync,noerror bs=8k if=/dev/sdc2 ...
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Cloning a dieing drive

I have a drive that is failing. Lots of bad sectors and the OS crashed. 1) Can I clone the drive and hope it boots up or is it a lost cause? 2) And what is a good way to clone it? I know people use ...
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How to convert ISO to IMA?

How to convert ISO to IMA ? I know that converting to many other types (nrg,img,bin,cue,mdf,mds,ccd,sub) is easy. I load them in UltraISO and save them as that formats. But it hasn't IMA type. Also ...
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Image a mostly-empty hard drive efficiently in space and time

I have a Linux box with RHEL. Its disk (hda1) is has about 25GB of free space. I have an another disk (hda2) which is 250GB and contains another RHEL instance, partitioned for 200GB. Data on the disk ...
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How to Find Out Who Made an ISO Disk?

If a file is saved using Microsoft word or some other type of program, you can right click on the file to find the properties, which will indicate the computer that created the file. Is there anyway ...
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How to restore data on a new HDD using image?

My HDD is failing (So says CrystalDiskInfo 4.5) and I have been recommended to create a image using Macrium or something similar. Right now I have a Seagate Momentus ST9320423AS 320GB. My 320GB ...
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Can you create a hard disk-image of the same size as the target drive with GNU ddrescue?

I'm planning on using GNU ddrescue to create a drive image of my failing 1 TB hard drive. Can I store the image sufficiently on another 1 TB hard drive? I figure the answer would be no because the ...
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Automatically generating a prefixed hostname during Sysprep

What I'm trying to do is set Sysprep to automatically rename the computer prior to joining the domain. If I put * in the answer file it generates a random name, but I would like to be able to apply a ...
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Size mathematics in System Image Creation seem absurd? (0x80780119)

This question seems to keep coming up in Microsoft Answers. Unfortunately, it never seems to be solved... on Microsoft Answers. Hopefully someone here will have a better idea. I'm trying to create a ...
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How to create a virtual machine from a .img disk image?

I downloaded a disk image used for a wargame hosted by stripe, but I cant figure out how to create a virtual machine from this image. I'm using virtualbox, but I could use another tool if it would be ...
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How do I make an encrypted disk image on Debian?

I'm basically looking for an equivalent to OS X's encrypted sparsebundles. The solution should have support for file ACLs and should not force me to specify a size in the beginning (the image should ...
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How to reuse VirtualBox disk “snapshots”

I have a "suite" of 5 VMs I'd like to make, all Ubuntu Server 12.04 guest OSes but with radically different software stacks on top of the OS (one server is a "build server" with Subversion, Hudson, ...
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Creating, moving, and manging multiple bootable backup images (on/to a single disk)?

The goal: Backup my system every time I re-format the OS for compatibility. Drive images (bootable backups) are the clear choice. Until now I have used seperate hard drives for each image - however ...
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How do you restore a .aff disk image to another hard drive?

I've got a failed hard drive which I've managed to create a .aff image of. I would now like to restore this image to a working hard drive. I can't seem to easily locate any software which makes this ...
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Reinstall Windows on mass computers

At work there are about 40 DELL PC's - half of them are Windows Vista and other half are Windows 7. Some of the DELL PC's are 220s and 230s model. If I want to re-install Windows then I can use a ...
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Can you edit partitions on a disk image?

I partitioned my hard drive into three partitions of various sizes. Then I installed Windows 7 Ultimate and went through the standard series software installations and updates. I used the Windows 7 ...
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Is there an alternative to Ghost peer to peer disk cloning?

I am looking for a way to replace ghost peer-to-peer (slave/master) disk cloning over network. but after searching, I couldn't find a good software replacement. would anyone please suggest some? ...
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How to create VHD disk image from a Linux live system?

Once more, I have to resort at the experts here at SuperUser, as my other sources (mainly Google ;-)) didn't prove very helpful... So basically, I would like to create a VHD image of a physical disk ...
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Why don't all Linux distributions offer hybrid disk images?

Why don't all Linux distributions offer disk images you can simply dd or cat to an USB drive? Are there downsides to these hybrid images?
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Which way can I avoid Dropbox syncing older files when restoring a CloneZilla image?

Is there a way to avoid Dropbox Syncing older files back to my account when restoring a CloneZilla system image?
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Load Windows 7 image created by Windows (not Acronis, Ghost, etc.) to Virtualbox VM

I made an image, and used Windows 7 "Create system image" in Windows Backup and Recovery. I load it just fine on many other computers, it is a good image with many steps in creating it. How can I get ...
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Create an image of a pure Ubuntu-Installation on Macbook Pro

I'm running Ubuntu 11.10 on my Macbook Pro (Late 2009) as the only operating system, so theres's no Mac OS X oder Bootcamp installed. It runs fine and now i'd like to create an image of the current ...
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Restorer2000 Pro: Hard drive disappears from Windows 7 when writing hard drive image

I am using Restorer2000 Pro to create an bit-by-bit image of an old hard drive so I can do all kinds of data recovery on the image rather than the drive itself. Every time it gets to a certain spot ...
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System disk image backup

Looking for poweruser suggestions for incremental system drive backup. My system is a laptop, and main backup would be a disk at home. Though would also like to "backup/restore on the road". ...
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Convert VMDK to ISO

I have a disk image that is in VMDK format, and I would like to convert this to an ISO so that I could use this outside of a virtual environment. I know that, at first impression, these formats don't ...
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How can I copy a “*.img” image to a hard disc partition so that it will be bootable?

There is an option for doing it from a Mac using Disk Utility; but at the moment I don't have a Mac. So how do I do it using Windows or linux? And how do I copy a *.iso image to a hard disc ...
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How can I migrate a Windows 7 system image into a VirtualBox VM?

I have a Windows 7 system image (as in Microsoft's built-in backup, not dd or Norton Ghost). Can I convert it into a VirtualBox image? I'm aware that you can do this with dd images. Even if I'm able ...
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Does backup by full disk image even make sense wrt Windows activation?

Tools like Acronis promise to enable you to restore the PC to a running state in no time, because when your hardware is defect, you just replace it and restore the backup and everything's fine. ...
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how to restore the backup of windows installation disk image

I had low disk space problem in windows 7 installation. And there was no way to increase the volume size of my C: drive. So I first backup the disks unix cat command. cat /dev/sdb1 > ...
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What disk image should I use with VirtualBox, VDI, VMDK, VHD or HDD?

Latest versions of VirtualBox supports several formats for virtual disks, but they forgot to provide a comparison between them. VDI VMDK VHD HDD Now, I am interested about a recommendation or ...
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Image system drive using Windows XP where manufacturer blocks or hinders imaging

I want to make an image of the C: drive on a particular windows xp machine, which I own. Then I want to restore this image to an identical drive. But the manufacturer has implemented measures to ...
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Tool for creating system image from DOS (should be USB bootable) ..? [closed]

I want to know if there's any decent tool which can be used to create the system image from DOS .. What I specifically want to do is to put the program in my FAT32 formatted USB, then boot the target ...
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Save a Windows system image on the same drive as the one you're imaging?

If I don't have any external drives, can I still create a full system image? Can I create a separate partition, and image only the original partition, to be stored on the second partition? Or does it ...
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Windows 7 Backup and Restore after partition format and other OS install

I have a laptop with Windows 7. I have used the built-in Backup and Restore feature to create a system image on an external hard drive and I have created a recovery disk. The system image included ...
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Create a VM from DMG disk image created from Windows XP Boot Camp Partition

I had Windows XP installed on a Boot Camp partition, and wanted to replace it with Windows 7, so I used Disk Utility to create a .DMG image from the partition, reformatted and installed Windows 7 on ...
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How to image / copy my drive to a new drive on a Mac

I am looking into upgrading my MacBook's drive and would like to transfer the current's drive contents on the new drive. This is a relatively well covered topic here, and several solutions such as ...
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Imaged OS won't load on another computer

I imaged windows XP to another workstation, setup the BIOS to emulate IDE (SATA was crashing the OS on boot). The system does not boot, not even in safe mode. I think this might happen because the new ...
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How should I image a hard drive in a platform independent and future-proof manner?

What methods of producing hard drive images stand out with regards to being platform independent and standing a good chance of usability in the future. Some considerations: Can the imaging program ...
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Backup CF disk data to image

Is it possible to backup Compact Flash (CF) disk data to an image file and restore later? Can you please give some pointers on the same?
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Change password of encrypted disk image in OS X with Terminal

I would like a program that would exist on my flash drive that, when run, would open an encrypted disk image with a stored password then change the password to a random number store it for using it ...
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Autorun file on USB drive in OS X

I would like to have my USB flash drive auto-run a file on it when plugged in.
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Create an image of a clean installation [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Creating image of Windows installation Computer refresh - Efficiently cloning 60 indentical computers I occasionally format my computer because it gets quite full ...
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Boot from a disk image without restoring it?

I would like to know if it's possible in any way to boot my Macbook ('11) from a disk image (of a 10.6 system) present on an external drive without restoring the image to a disk or partition? I ...