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

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Single Image Backup w/ Windows 7 OEM Keys and Win Vista Bus to Win 7 Pro Upgrade Keys

Alright, so I have a new job and they are in dire need of a overhaul of their backup and imaging methods, they're not letting me do much but I think I can get away with this. We have computers, ...
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How can I free up space in the System Reserved partition

I'm trying to create a system image backup of my Windows 7 64bit syste, however I only have 35MB free in my 100MB System Reserved partition and I need a minimum of 50MB (error code 0x80780119) I've ...
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Set sector size on a disk dump file

I'm trying to recover some files deletes by accident from workmates. Basically the story is that i gave a uSD with some files on it and the person left far away with it. After warnings of deletion, I ...
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How much disk space, in bytes, does each File Allocation Table copy consume?

I am looking at a disk image and trying to determine how many bytes each FAT copy consumes I know that I can't just find it in the data I have to figure it out mathematically but I am not sure how to ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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How can I mount a partition from dd-created image of a block device (e.g. HDD) under Linux?

I have an image of the entire disk created using dd. The disk structure follows: kent@cow:~$ sudo fdisk -l Disk /dev/sda: 750.1 GB, 750156374016 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 91201 cylinders ...
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Validation of image using acronis

In my work I recently had an instrument controlled by an Xp machine fault due to a faulty hdd. I was able to install the hdd in another machine and from there make an image using acronis. I converted ...
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Vhd image of computer reduce unallocated space

I took an image in vhd-format of my entire pc (windows xp). Bith disks are in de one vhd now. Os and data. Afterwards when i try to retrieve this vhd i saw that I have a unallocated space of 300 gb. ...
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Imaging a Windows 10 File History Drive for Offsite Backup?

I have 1 desktop computer and 2 laptops in my household. I just started using Windows 10 File History on the laptops to backup files to a network share on a dedicated drive located on the desktop ...
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Create an image file of a running Linux system

As I understand it, creating an image of a Linux system makes an exact copy of the OS and any user files/configurations/programs etc. What I would love to do is create an image of my work PC and ...
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How to create a copy of whole server into a image?

I have a physical server which has some mission critical data on it and some other hosted application. The server needs to be taken down and data needs to be migrated at some place eles. What i want ...
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How can I mount a Windows 7 disk image on the same system? (signature conflict)

In another recent post on superuser.com I asked how to back up all of my files on a Windows 7 system before reboot. It was advised to create a disk image using disk2vhd. I did so but when I mount ...
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How should I back-up my data before a windows re-install? Omitted files when copying C drive

I wonder how to make sure I backed up all files before whiping out C and re-install Windows (factory reset). I have taken best of care to copy my documents, photos etc. to an external drive. However ...
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dd'ing images onto an SD card

I have a somewhat weird situation I'm trying to dd an OS image (something which I dd'ed off a card earlier) onto an SD card. The card capacity is 8GB and the image was made off an SD card of similar ...
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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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Mounting a Partitioned Image

I'm having a bit of difficulty mounting some .img files that I myself didn't create (I've been able to mount ones I've created just fine). This is what parted shows me for one particular file: (...
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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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Restoring SD Card With .dmg File On Windows

I have a .dmg disk image (created using a Mac, of course) of an SD card. My understanding is that .dmg files are proprietary to Macs running OS X, but I'm not sure. So my question is: If I put the ....
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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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Windows 10 system image fails

I am having trouble making a system image of my Windows 10 installation. The problem started occurring after I upgraded to an SSD from an HDD. (I used EaseUS to copy my Windows installation on the HDD ...
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How to clone & restore virtual box hard drive

What I want to do is to clone my virtual box HDD with dual boot os. XP and Vista. I'm using Acronis and back it up on a flash drive. And end up with the flash drive that is partitioned. 2 partitions ...
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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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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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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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Find Duplicate Files Between HDD (for ex: Total Size:500Gbs) AND HDD Image only Files Hash(3mb)

Any way to find duplicate files between a files/folder group and image hard disk (files content hash database)
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Swap HDD between 2 desktops

I have 2 desktops at my home with different configs and OSes. First PC: OS: Windows 10 CPU: Intel Core i3 4130 3.4 GHz Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H81M-S RAM: 4 GB HDD: WD Blue 1 TB 7200 RPM Second ...
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VirtualBox Disk Image (VDI) is larger than content but --compact doesn't work

I have a dynamic VDI image with 12 GB of data: Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on udev 2.0G 4.0K 2.0G 1% /dev tmpfs 404M 1.1M 403M 1% /run /dev/sda1 ...
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Suggestions for setting up a Linux machine's environment like DeepFreeze does

For out office, we need a fleet of Kali laptops that we can bring to clients. The laptops need to be able to function as if they were running something like "DeepFreeze" by Faronics. What this means ...
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Windows 10 image from Clonezilla comes up in GMT-1

Mixed Win8.1 / Win10 shop, Linux infrastructure. Jenkins runs machines; OS, apps, drivers, Clonezilla supplies OS images. Images installed by PXE boot/Jenkins coercing it. With release of Win10, co-...
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Windows 7 Pro create/restore image left 'All Users' and 'Default User' pointing to D:\

All, I apologize, I am not a windows user (not primarily), but I can find my way around under the hood OK. This has me bewildered. I have a 1-user (me) Win7 Pro install that I used create image (to ...
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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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How to increase size of an ubuntu cloud image

I have been trying to start a VM using ubuntu cloud images. Now, the image size is very less, I am getting around only 2GB of space. Is there any way to increase the size? I tried qemu-img resize, but ...
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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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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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Scan image file or disk for pattern and return its location

Say I have a block device or an image file. And say I also have a sequence of bytes or a string or some search pattern. How can I get the positions of the occurrences of such a pattern or string? Are ...
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Fastest way to clone 15 physical PCs from an image [closed]

At work, I have multiple rooms with 10 to 20 PCs inside. They should all have the same image applied on their disks. In order to install such configurations, we usually clone one by one each of the ...
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Why is Encase disk image smaller than used space on source HDD?

I am using a forensic disk imaging tool to make an Encase (E01) disk image of a 4TB hard drive. 3.19TB of space is actually used on this disk. The resultant disk image is 2.82TB in size. No ...
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How can I extract files from a hard drive image? [closed]

I have a file that's just an uncompressed byte for byte copy of a physical drive, is there a program that can open it and extract the files? (by interpreting the MBR and NTFS partitions?) Or is there ...
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Create Windows 7 System Image from command line?

Does anyone know the tool and the exact command that Windows 7 uses to create a system image when using the "Back up your files" -> "Create a system image" option? I would like to add this task to a ...
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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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Are there notable alternatives to ISO that are similarly open / widely used, while being better at general disk imaging?

ISO was designed to store data in a format ready to be written to optical media. Today, ISO is commonly used to distribute bootable images for USB flash sticks as well as images of various software ...
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Cloning hard drive with Ubuntu disks

I am trying to clone hard drive on my laptop. Clonezilla does not work for me, I cannot boot from usb-drive and my cd-rom is acting weirdly (not Clonezilla's fault). So I am thinking about booting ...
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Cloning/Imaging A Mounted TrueCrypt/VeraCrypt Volume

From VeraCrypt's documentation (here, section "System Partitions"), it sounds like one should be able to: 1) Boot a PE (or secondary OS), 2-3) Create & mount a new, empty encrypted volume (...
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Why does “imagex /apply” have to be run from Windows PE (but not really)?

Microsoft TechNet's command-line reference for imagex says of the /apply switch, and I quote: ⚠ Important You must run this option from Windows PE. Since I didn't care about silly things like ...