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

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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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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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In linux, how do I create/restore an image snapshot of my entire drive?

I'm too spoiled by Windows utilities that take a digital snapshot of your entire drive, which you can then restore from in the event of a drive crash. (e.g. like Time Machine for Mac OS X). Is there ...
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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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How do I mount a sparse disk image permanently?

On Mac OS X 10.6.7, when I mount a sparse disk image (either by double-clicking it or using hdid from the command line), the image: Appears on my desktop Needs to be re-mounted every time I log in ...
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Mount raw CD-ROM image

Let's say I created a image like this: ddrescue /dev/disk1 MY_CDROM_IMAGE.img (/dev/disk1 is my CDROM drive) How can I mount this on my Mac? Note: The image created is not a IMG file - it is ...
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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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Create a Windows Image for Deployment

In my company we have 8 laptops that we use to deploy on the field. These machines get assigned to a user for a certain time and run Windows Vista. All the machines are the same model. After the ...
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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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Mounting a multi-partition disk image in Linux

I downloaded an raw SD card image that has two partitions. It caused some file system errors when I tried to dd it directly into an SD card. I am not sure if the card is defective or the image. Is ...
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What's the best way to be able to reimage windows computers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Imaging new hard drive in Windows 7 laptop? I've got a low-end machine for testing our software. It needs to be tested under various versions of Windows, so I was ...
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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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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 form this image. I'm using virtualbox, but I could use another tool if it would be ...
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Creating a disk image of dm-crypt/LUKS encrypted LVM partition (Linux)

Is there any disk imaging software out there that can intelligently take an image of an encrypted LVM partition, if I provide the passphrase? I am referring to software that is similar to Clonezilla ...
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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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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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Compressed disk image on Linux

I just got my new computer with a much bigger harddisk. I think I copied all important files over but just to be sure, I'd like to keep a disk image of my old disk. To save space, I'd like to compress ...
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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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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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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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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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How can I convert an iso cd image to bin/cue format on a mac?

How can I convert an iso cd image to bin/cue format on a mac? I did some Googling, but couldn't find a solution, ended up having to use some freeware tool for windows in a VM :/
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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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Quickly clone a microSD card

is there an easy and quick way to clone all data from one microSD card to another? I want to periodically backup contents of my phone card to a backup one, and as I have a lot of small files on the ...
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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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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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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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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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Compute md5sum of every 1MB part of stream from pipe

I want to do checksumming of large files and stream in unix/linux, and I want get many checksums from every large part of file/stream, every 1 MB or every 10MB. For example, I have disk image, ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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How to Copy .VHD File to Physical Hard Disk Using DD Command

I have read other question/answers on this site that say this is possible, but I'm wondering how it is done. I have tried the following command, which completes successfully, but the NTFS isn't valid ...
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Windows Software to Mount Volume/Partition Image File

Last night I had a BSOD a couple of minutes after moving a file. After a reboot, I found that the file was gone (it was deleted from the source partition and not present on the destination). I took ...
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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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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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Command Line tool to create ISO images

I was tasked with helping automate the build process where I work and was specifically given the task of packaging the installer/release files into an ISO to be burnt and distributed to customers. ...
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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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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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Norton Backup Image Fails To Restore?

I recently had one of my Windows XP computers die on me. I had it's files set to automatically backup to another PC's hard drive using Norton. I've tried using Norton to restore on the second ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...