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Questions tagged [disk-image]

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

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Disk image of a VeraCrypt encrypted Windows 10 partition

I have a multi-boot system set up (Windows 10 and Ubuntu). The Windows 10 partition is encrypted with VeraCrypt and I can only boot via the VeraCrypt Bootloader. Now I want to create a disk image of ...
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How to avoid that mount -o remount modifies on-disk data?

I have an encrypted file system on a disk image file (using cryptsetup). The daily backup copies the disk image to the backup medium with rsync. Since this copies the entire image file when it was ...
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Linux and using dd

I just received a new workstation and installed RHEL 7 on it, added user accounts, and installed the apps. Before I turn this over to the users I would like to find a way to "image" the disk (user ...
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How to create an image of Ubuntu HDD in Windows?

I have an HDD with installed Ubuntu 18.0.4 with ext4 file system. Now I need this drive for other purposes but I want save this Ubuntu installation. So I want to create an image of this HDD, save the ...
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Get Floppy Disk Geometry information in Linux

I have a floppy disk image (x86 boot sector) and I want to find information about the disk geometry for it (specifically Cylinders/ Head/ Sector). How can I find this information? The file command ...
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Drive imaging software, or something else? [closed]

I manage some of the IT needs in a chemistry department, and I'm trying to find the most efficient/robust solution to the following problem: Each piece of equipment is run by a separate computer with ...
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What are the differences between the different Kali Raspberry Pi images that are out there?

I am trying to install Kali Linux in my Raspberry Pi B(not B+). My requirement is to setup a pentest lab or hacking lab. However while downloading the image I am confused and not sure which one to ...
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Potential Error with MBR on disk image

I am concerned that the disk image I am looking at has been corrupted or created in error some how. (more specifically the formatting of the disk that the image captured) The highlighted section in ...
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Why does Rufus call a .vhd file a DD Image?

I've noticed that the latest version of Rufus comes with a potentially useful extra option: Create a disk image of the selected device. However, in the resulting dialogue I get this: Rufus seems to ...
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Universal Windows 10 image [closed]

how to create universal windows image with necessary programs and drivers?
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How to create a image of a HDD without the unallocated space?

I need to convert this HDD containing a Windows installation to a *.vdi in order to create a bootable *.img WITHOUT the unallocated space. Device Boot Start End Sectors Size Id Type /...
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system image vs backup?

Here is my understanding :- System image is exact replica of any given system. It contains OS + Disc data stored under drives + Installed softwares + Registry entries. So If i have taken the image of ...
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Creating custom image from Raspbian

I have five Raspberry Pi 3 devices. I'm trying to create an image based on the Raspbian image with some additional software installed, then write this new image to the other 4 Pi devices. I'm doing ...
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Windows 10 Tablet touch screen inverted and offset

We have bought some cheap 8" Windows 10 tablets in bulk from China. These come with an old pirated version of Windows 10 Pro. We have imaged the tablet with a proper licensed version of Windows 10 ...
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TestDisk created 51% of image of almost broken disk. Can I already get data from it?

I have half-dead HDD disk from WD "My Passport" purchased in 2013. He has around 260/280 GB of data inside. There are video clips (e.g. 4 GB each) and photos. It was used to display files on Samsung ...
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Isolate (secure) multiple boot images from harming my PC

Is it possible to protect my bare-metal from compromise, so that I can be fairly confident that (for example) restoring a VHDX system image every month keeps me clean? If so, how? I'm building a ...
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Write HFS+ formatted drive image to smaller capacity drive on Linux

I imaged a potentially defective 1TB hard disk drive containing about 270GB worth of actual data, using ddrescue, on a Lubuntu live system. The recovery is 99.9% complete, there's only a 52KB area ...
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How to backup and restore a veracrypt encripted windows partition effectively

Situation: Windows 10 partition is encrypted with veracrypt Requirement: Be able to backup and restore the windows 10 partition (as an image) The backup should be compressed (hence needs to be ...
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Etcher image fails to validate

I don't know if this is in the right place but... I'm trying to write this image of Raspbian Stretch--which I believe should be the most recent--to a micro SD to run it on a Pi 3: https://www....
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Software (an old PC game) won't boot using a virtual drive, but does boot using a real drive. How come?

I have a couple of old video games—The Hobbit (2003), published by Vivendi, and Zapper: One Wicked Cricket (2002), published by Infogrames—which won't boot when mounted using a virtual drive, but they ...
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Disc cloning: are there license transfer tips?

My company has 1 computer that operates our main piece of equipment; we run 3 shifts and expect to always have this equipment running. We would like to have a 'hot-swappable' computer backup to keep ...
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GNU ddrescue, request help on how to proceed for advanced passes

Hello I'm doing an image of an ntfs disk with the GNU utility ddrescue, I made a first pass with the -n option which resulted in an amount of non-scrapped data, a bad-sector amount, a number of bad-...
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Can I migrate a Windows installation between two laptops?

I have a laptop which I'm going to return due to battery defects. As I have already configured everything on this laptop, I'd like to migrate the installation on the new laptop (when I'll get it). The ...
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Imaging and deployment

so as i understand an image is a snapshot of the hard disk which can be installed in another computer. It contains the data, software which can be deployed in the next computer. So if i made an image ...
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Imaging then using image

I have an old laptop with a failing internal hard drive (that cannot be easily taken out). I want to install the same version of Windows (Windows Vista, 32-bit). How can I image the internal hard ...
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Create a FAT32 disk image on Windows using command line?

Is there any command-line tool on Windows that can create a FAT32 disk image (similar to Linux using dd and mkfs.vfat, then mount the disk image for modifying?
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Convert qcow2 image to vSphere VMDK

As I have EC2 Metadata working on my vSphere (6.5) cluster, I'd like to import Cloud images to it, such as Ubuntu or CoreOS. But they come in .qcow2 or .img (for CoreOS, which I believe is also qcow2)...
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DD sda1 (or whatever) to a file. Then at some point mount that file as ISO or some other means?

Death to Windows. I am done with it. I would like to preserve the Windows partition in case I will need it later. I was wondering if I can use dd to copy the partition to some file so that if I need ...
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Efficient off-site Windows system image backup

I want to create efficient offsite System image-based backups of a Windows machine over a slow WAN connection (6 Mbit Upload) on regular basis (e.g. once a week). The Image is 71GB with no ...
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Can windows create itself from 300MB?

While experimenting in my struggle with "Windows cannot find a system image", an unbelievable encounter happened: In Windows 8.1 Recovery Environment (WinRE), with only the <300MB in recovery ...
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Does mounting a disk image make any state changes to the file itself?

Say you take a disk image file and you "mount" it, is it possible for that file to be changed in anyway by the very act of mounting it? (I'm mainly interested in Mac and Windows, but also POSIX.)
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Windows 10 - Copying 4 user accounts to another hard drive

I have a Windows 10 PC, with 3 hard drives and 4 accounts. Drive 1, the boot drive, will not boot. Edit 1: The Boot process: The PC beeps twice, then the amber light blinks 6 times and the cycle ...
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Cannot convert physical disk to vhdx (Hyper-V)

I have used Hyper-V Manager for more than two years to backup my two-partition external HDD to my computer (~600 GB [BitLocker encrypted] + ~100GB [unencrypted]). Here is a step-by step tutorial, on ...
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Deployment of Macrium Reflect disk image

Question: Can I re-deploy a Macrium Reflect disk image onto a computer that is not the original computer? Context: I recently got one of my laptops stolen. Luckily, I had a Macrium Reflect disk ...
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How to make VM disk images easy to resize?

Disk images of virtual machines usually contain a parition table that contains one or more file systems. Resizing that is a bit painful, as you need to carefully rewrite the partition table before you ...
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mce Hardware error while saving disk image with Clonezilla

I was saving an image with Clonezilla alternative stable - 20170905-zesty, option To Ram, of my new hp spectre x360 with a 256GB nvme disk. I had chosen to "check the saved image", and to poweroff ...
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Can't write back a ddrescue(d) image to HD, ends up blank

I have an image file of a faulty harddrive created with ddrescue on Linux. The harddrive is 750GB, if I remember correctly, only about 30MB could not be saved. I do have some other faulty HDs and can'...
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Selecting drives for a windows system image

Hello im trying to create a system image of my OS drive on my PC using the "Backup and Restore (Windows 7)". However when I go to make the image, It automatically checks the (D:) drive, which I can't ...
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How to create CD from BIN file containing all sessions?

I have a few multi session CDs where I have burnt data in multiple sessions on the same media. Using Power ISO software on Windows 7, I have created back up of those CDs in BIN file format, as BIN ...
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Not able to recover a disk image with Disk Utility and Data Rescue

I am trying to recover a non mountable disk image of my entire hard drive. I have been able to mount it using command line in Disk Utility and also converted the disk image from compressed to read/...
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Case sensitive volume on Mac is very slow

I created a case sensitive volume on my Macbook Pro with this command: hdiutil create -type UDIF -fs 'Case-sensitive Journaled HFS+' -size 200g -volname Unix ~/Unix I see that volume performance is ...
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Sysprepping an offline Windows 10 system?

I'm trying to sysprep a Windows 10 machine that has no access to the internet (and cannot be connected to the internet). This seems like it would be an easy task but so far it's been an exercise in ...
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kpartx-like tool for Windows?

I am trying to mount an encrypted (TrueCrypt/VeraCrypt) volume from inside a .vmdk file (VMware disk). Is there any tool in Windows (7 through 10) or a third-party tool that'd let me attach the disk ...
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Image Tool for HDD - bootable from USB device

i am search a image tool for hdd Requirements Start from the USB device Multiple images on the usb device (choose image to copy) Clone image to HDD Our current image is a ".imgc" file (HDD Raw Copy ...
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Can Clonezilla restore a Windows 10 image to a completely empty drive?

This question is a (belated) follow-up to my previous question about restoring Windows 10 to an empty disk using a Windows recovery USB. That, unfortunately, isn't possible. Now, I'm hoping to make a ...
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Partclone broken image restore

I have a partclone image of my hard drive which is obviously broken. I thougt I could rely on this backup but unfortunately I cant. It is my last chance to achieve the desired data so I would spend ...
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Safely recover disk when I don't have enough free space to make an image and copy files out

I have a 2.7T hard drive that has been causing some problems lately, so I've bought a new 3.6T disk. The old drive contains about 2.4T of data (lots of files are hardlinked) in a single ext4 file ...
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Should I get all drivers from third-party websites or Windows to do it?

I am on Windows 10. We have switched off Windows Update (via a registry key provided by Microsoft). I have prepared an image and once installed (and I am off the network), I can see missing drivers ...
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Veracrypt, what is the purpose of the small EFI partition, beyond the boot manager?

I have Veracrypt full disk encryption under windows. I have 100MB partition which appears to store the EFI software and a 450mb windows recovery partition. Does this EFI partition and its software do ...
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Is bluray capable of multisession?

Is Bluray disk capable of multisession writing, in principle? I checked the forums and all major disk burning applications that are supported on Ubuntu do not work with multisession blurays. Could it ...