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

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Use a .img image as a read-only disk or Optical drive in VirtualBox

I have read How to create a virtual machine from a .img disk image? but here the goal is slightly different. With a VirtualBox machine, I know how to: add a .vdi disk mount a .iso as a (read-only) ...
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backup strategy for pc

im thinking about a backup strategy for the follow scenario: W11 machine with 2 Disks: onboard SSD 256 + some cheap HDD the goal is to create in AUTOMATIC mode, a full booteable disk every sunday from ...
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How to build an os image for use in a vm on host without being root

Sure, it should be possible as long as I have write access to that file, but do I have to it all manually, or can I tell grub-installer to simply put itself onto a disk image?
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Mount APFS on Ubuntu Error while using apfs-fure

I have an apfs disk with some information that I need to access on my desktop. I am using Ubuntu 20.04 and I have looked to this article to find all the steps I need to be able to do this (https://...
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How to convert .vmdk file into a raw ext4 disk image?

I want to learn some in-depth knowledge of the ext4 file system and I need to do some experiments. I could attach a physical hard drive to a VMware Workstation virtual machine and mkfs.ext4 the ...
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Setup Windows and apps on a VM then move to PC

Is it viable to do it? I'm considering installing and configuring Win10 and all apps I use inside a VM, then create an image of the partition and restore it on my PC. I'm considering it because my ...
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Insufficient space to create shadow copy

The disk I’m trying to make the backup on has more than enough space (in theory) for a full image of my C drive, but every time I do it gets returned with "not enough space to create shadow copy&...
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How to backup and work with a WSL instance from Linux?

I have a multiboot system where sometimes I boot into Linux and sometimes I boot into Windows and use WSL2. I just discovered that Linux has tools which can be used on vhdx files, and that from Linux ...
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Can I restore a Macrium image made from one machine SSD to another to clone windows and installed applications?

I have a Dell 8700 with Windows 10 activated and various applications all on a 256GB SSD. I have purchased a used Dell 9020 with a new 256GB SSD with Windows 10 activated, and I want to use Macrium ...
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Can clonezilla image a recovery partition?

I am trying to image an entire disk but the last partition (the windows recovery partition) failed. How can I tell if this is a disk error or some sort of copy protection mechanism? I'm using an asus ...
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Is it possible to restore/read any data after a system imaging?

After you image a system, is there any single remaining 1 or 0 in the entire drive pertaining from the original system? Or is it entirely a new system. What if the new system image is 50GB smaller ...
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How to deploy Windows Image to different Computers(different hardware)

I install and reinstall windows all day. I clone to expediate the process, if the hardware allows it, but would really save a lot of time if I could just restore a windows image with all the apps ...
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How to create USB flash ".bin" image file of arbitrary size in Windows without physical drive

I need to make a .bin file to mount on a virtual desktop, which would otherwise need a physical usb drive attached. I've already done this successfully by making a .bin file from a 128 MB USB drive I ...
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Infrarecorder created ISO cannot be mounted in Win10, anyway to fix?

Infrarecorder (v0.53.0.0 portable) created ISO cannot be mounted in Win10, anyway to fix? How to reproduce error: insert disc (tried audio & data CD), in Infrarecorder click Read Disc, ISO ...
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Is it possible to make .iso from Linux Disk?

I want to make a .iso file from my modified Feren OS so that I can share this with my Friend and put it on my Laptop. Is there a way to do it?
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Clonezilla image not found

So I cloned a flash drive to image with clonezilla using my /dev/sdc2 mounted as /home/partimag After the process, I shutdown my PC to do something else only to return unable to find the image I ...
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Create custom Windows10 image [closed]

I would like to create an image that's a copy of my w10 installation, so I can later create a VM with it. I would like to have my VM startup with the same files and configuration in the same folders. ...
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How do I programmatically read files from an ISO or disk image in powershell?

I would like to read files from an ISO disk image as part of a powershell script. Because this is an automated process and the disk will only be open temporarily, I would like to avoid allocating ...
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Any easy way to verify in-line raw NTFS image

I just got a new laptop probably with Windows 10 on it, and I created a raw dd image of its hard drive for safe keeping by booting off of a Debian live USB and running the following: dd if=/dev/...
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Can Windows backup an entire drive?

I want to make a full backup of the entire drive in Windows, without third party tools. I looked at the 'Backup Image' feature, but it requires me to select the partitions, and it does not list my ...
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How to mount disc images privately in OS X

If I understand it correctly, the devices mounted in Mac OS under /Volumes are available to all users of the system. This includes not only the internal hard drive, but also all external media, AFP ...
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Create disk image of directory?

Using Debian 10 I have a directory of lots of small files that I rarely (but do) access. I'd like to convert this to a disk image file that I can mount, access, then unmount anytime I need. Every now ...
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Is there a way to revert a changed computer SID?

I've cloned recently my Windows OS on another hard drive, and using O&O DiskImage I've generated a new computer SID, which affected both OS [oops]. This caused a series of other problems. So, is ...
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Windows dd Command: Access is Denied Error

I need to create a .dd image of one of my drive in windows, For this I chose dd utility. However it is generating aforementioned error while creating image. I have opened command line as Administrator....
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Can Clonezilla work with Windows striped volume?

Let's assume I have striped volume in Windows 11 (two disks). Will Clonezilla be able to create and later restore images of both disks, so Windows will still recognize them properly as striped volume?
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Taking OS snapshots & restoring them

On Amazon AWS or other cloud platforms it is possible to take a full snapshot of a virtual machine and load a new VM from that image. Is it possible to somehow do the same for our desktops without ...
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How do I determine properties of disks from a live USB?

I'm currently using Clonezilla to restore previously-created disk images (Windows) to a variety of small computers - an Intel Compute Stick (two versions) and an Asus Vivo Stick. Obviously the image I ...
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Ethics and method of cloning a windows drive for legacy purposes [duplicate]

So i have a Toshiba laptop that was left to me by someone who passed away. I can't bring myself to delete her Windows partition in the hopes that one day I will get it unlocked and maybe understand ...
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Create (bootable) image of external hard drive

I have a loose (external) hard drive with Windows 10 installed on it, mounted with a drive letter K: in Winows 10 via USB. How can I create an (ideally) bootable image or a bootable USB stick from ...
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Is it safe to interrupt when "fallocate --dig-holes" is running?

I use fallocate --dig-holes on very large disk images to make it sparse in-place. I'm worried that this operation may not be atomic. My questions are, Is my data guaranteed to be safe (holes are ...
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When change Windows default Icons functions get deactivated

Hey I have changed some icons in the Imageres.dll.mun file. Now some functions are gone can someone explain me why? DO the default Icons contain code? Here one Example. Here is no bar anymore that ...
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Is there windows a utility that can write/read/create and manage image files like IMG, ISO, etc? [closed]

I am wondering if there is a utility for windows that can write/read/create and manage image files? E.G. Trying to write a custom bootsector for a floppy img file Thanks in advance! EDIT: PowerISO is ...
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Acronis: Should recovery partitions be added during backup / restore?

I use Acronis True Image for many years and generally include the recovery partitions of primary disk (C:) to the backup file and select these partitions while restore. However, I am not sure if I am ...
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How can I boot an OS, which only comes in floppy disk images, on a computer with only an SD card slot?

Particularly I'm talking about the FSD Amoeba OS. It comes as a set of 3 1/2" floppy disk images, but as today's systems don't feature floppy drives any more (in my case, I only have an SD card ...
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I have a .dd file stored inside a zip folder, how do I view its contents?

I have a .dd file stored inside a zip folder, how do I view its contents? I have tried many options, among which is the systools disk image viewer. Most of the tools I've tried once downloaded ask for ...
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Rejoin to Domain after Re-imaging (without rebooting twice)?

After reimaging a machine to replace failed hardware, I've found that often the device cannot connect back to the domain immediately. To fix this, I modify the computer settings to make it join a ...
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Boot Windows 10 on a machine without UEFI after images were created from MBR and restored on GPT partition table in Linux

A 500 GB HDD that started giving signs of obsolescence had multiple partitions, including Linux Mint and Windows 10. This is on a BIOS laptop (non-UEFI). That HDD had MBR partition table. Because of ...
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How does a disk image work? Why does Windows fail to mount an image?

I'm having trouble mounting an image file in Windows 10 and I would like to know if my understanding of a disk image is correct. I hope this isn't a silly question and if there is some flaw in my ...
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Temporarily disable Time Machine backups to a specific disk

I have Time Machine configured to back up to a disk image. (Actually I have multiple backup disks configured.) I want to verify the backups using tmutil verifychecksums, and I don't want Time Machine ...
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Extract files from disk raw image

I have two raw images of some old IDE HDD (one made without of any data correction and second made with). Trying to mount the images to the system by various methods do not work properly. I use ...
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Can drive clone software copy the Volume Serial Number (Volume ID)?

On Windows, running vol id c: shows something like 4D12-7GG8. Is this Volume Serial Number copied when using disk cloning software such as CloneZilla or Acronis True Image?
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How to mirror an NVME SSD onto another?

I'm not sure what the technical terms are for this, but I'm having the following problem: The internal SSD of my laptop died and set itself to readonly. It has all the recovery partitions and all that ...
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Mounting a weird CD image

I have a CD image from an old game that I would like to mount in a virtual drive using software like Virtual CloneDrive, Daemon Tools etc. The disc is a mixed mode CD, so it has 1 data track and ...
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Hard Disk Upgrade [duplicate]

I want to upgrade my laptop hard disk but take an image of my current drive and make the new one exactly the same and bootable so that basically I just have a bigger hard disk. Can this be done - an ...
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Option to choose to reinstall image on reboot on a windows laptop

I want to do a fresh install of my laptops which I use for my work. I want to make a good image from the fresh install and when the computers starts I want two bootup options: Start Windows Reinstall ...
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Bad sectors on brand new NVMe SSD's

At work I have roughly 50 brand new Dell Optiplex 7070's with LiteOn SSD's that were loaded with a custom Windows 10 image using Acronis Cyber Backup 12.5. A few weeks after imaging, ~30 of these PC's ...
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How can I make an EXT4 ISO either from a bootable drive or from ISO9660?

I really need to be able to do at least one of two things: Convert an ISO file which is in the ISO9660 format to an ISO that uses the EXT4 format. Transform a bootable drive which is in EXT4 into an ...
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MacOS: Create a raw (dd) Image of an APFS volume

I have a .sparsebundle and I would like to convert it to something that can be used outside of the apple bubble. APFS/HFS is supported by a bunch of tools, but sadly the image formats are not from ...
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How to resize the disk image of my WSL2 distro?

It seems that WSL stores the filesystem data in a vhdx file. Ubuntu sees this as a 250GB disk, which is a bit much for my purposes. I want to resize this to a 30GB disk or so, to save disk space on ...
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Veracrypt message "write protected volume"

I created a hidden volume in Veracrypt. I didn't select the option for my volume to be write-protected but when I try to copy files to the volume, I get a message "saying this disk is write-...
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