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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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Backing up my entire Windows OS and then booting from restored backup [duplicate]

Have just been coming up with a new backup strategy for my Windows systems, as previously i would use the Windows System Image tool very occasionally, however this is quite clunky, and i have heard it ...
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How to get system info from a Windows system partition without booting it?

I have some disk/disk-images of previous Windows installations from different machines (some of them from machines I don't own any longer). I'm trying to find out which machine these used to be in. ...
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Reclaim WSL2 disk space after setting it to sparse

Following the advice on How do I get back unused disk space from Ubuntu on WSL2? I set my WSL disk image to sparse with wsl --manage <distro> --set-sparse true. But the ext4.vhd file is still ...
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How do I image the beginning portion of a drive with qemu-img convert? (Similar to using dd count=)

I have 500 GB (~475 GiB) SSD that I want to image with qcow2. I plan on following this example on moving the Windows installation to a Qemu/KVM VM. I shrunk the ~470 GiB bitlocker root partition to ...
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Having issues mounting raw disk image in OSX

I have received this disk image from a embedded linux device. I need to mount the image and check some files on it. This is what I have tried so far: > hdiutil attach -nomount ~/Downloads/dskimg....
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Steps to backup a linux disk using dd needed

So after much research, I just need a couple of things clarified I don't fully understand about dd just yet. I want to do a full disk image backup of an Ubuntu 18.04 linux disk ( a 500GB SSD ) into a ...
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Is it safe to use a macrium disk image to transfer all my data between identical laptops?

I recently bought a new laptop and after using it for a while I have noticed a fault. I have made a warranty claim and will be receiving an identical model in a few days. My original laptop obviously ...
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Is there something like a read-write ISO file, to package folders as mountable single files? [duplicate]

I often have projects that consist of many thousands of extremely small files. It's terribly inefficient to move these around or send them to people as individual files, and inconvenient to be ...
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Sparse Bundles grow in file size, but it's not supposed to shrink by deleting data. But my Sparse Bundles is able to auto resize, why is that?

I am on macOS Sonoma, but I've noticed this since macOS Ventura. I created a sparse bundle disk image in Disk Utility, with a capacity of 100TB, encrypted, and in APFS. Recently I keep running out of ...
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Are my passkeys on my system disk or in the TPM?

Will a system disk-image type backup include my Passkeys created by Windows Hello on Windows 11 23H2? I'm not yet clear whether they are saved on disk or in the Trusted Platform Module (TPM). If I ...
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Make GPT partition tables accept variable volume size

I often copy SD-cards or other flash drives used as system disks for small computers (Raspberry Pi, NVidia Jetson, small x86 PCs) to image files for backup. However, when restoring those backups, the ...
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Make disk images for a PC that runs a complicated set of interacting control programs such that if a drive crashes we can swap it for the image?

I have stated to work with a home-built scientific research system that includes many instruments from separate vendors and four PC to control it all. In some cases two or three different vendor-...
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Mount old MS-DOS .img on Linux

Is there a way to mount an old .img file that's most likely a copy of a CD-ROM made for MS-DOS on Linux? All attempts have failed yet. file sees it just as "data", fdisk -l only says 646,75 ...
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Swapping boot and backup disks during WinPE's image restore procedure

I have 4Gb of DDR in a laptop running Windows 7. I want to do a full Windows system image restore from a 2nd hard-drive that I use in the CD/DVD cartridge slot with a "drive caddy" adapter. ...
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How come IMGMOUNT works in DOSBox, but displays "cannot create drive from file" in DOSBox variants like DOSBox-X?

There's a certain file image which can be instantly mounted in DOSBox as a floppy disk, but fails to do so in newer variants like DOSBox-X, any idea how to fix it (a bug was already submitted but both ...
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How to mount possibly corrupt .img file

While I was waiting for answers on this post, I tried to fix it by myself. Basically, I had an 1tb SSD with a dual boot of Windows and Zorin. The Windows partition was NTFS and the Zorin I believe it ...
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I have 5 disk partitions from a disk imaged separatly, but did not image the partition table. How can I reassemble them into a coherent disk image?

Like the title says, I have 5 disk images, dev-sdc1.img, dev-sdc2.img, dev-sdc3.img, dev-sdc4.img, dev-sdc5.img. I did not save the partition table, and do not know which were primary partitions, etc. ...
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Reimage Computer with Windows

I have an Intel NUC (NUC7i5BNB) that I originally imaged with Ubuntu. I then added Windows and so the grub boot manager added Windows to the boot options. I haven't used the Ubuntu option in years, ...
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PiShrink creating files with different sizes with the same input

I've recently started using PiShrink to decrease the size of backup images and I noticed that the file size of an with PiShrink shrunken and xz compressed image. sudo pishrink.sh -Z input_image.img ...
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Clone a bootable M2-SSD (Win10) to a new M2-SDD-Volume containing (Win11)

I have an HP laptop (1) with Windows 11 22H2 installed and another HP laptop (2) with Windows 10. Would it be possible to clone/image the windows 10 M2-ssd to be another bootable volume on the Windows ...
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Can't restore Windows 10 home image into a new HP laptop

I am using clonezilla for some months now to restore Windows 10 Home images to our production laptops (HP 15-bs190nd). Recently we bought some new laptops (HP 250 G8) and I am trying to restore the ...
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Calculating MFT for NTFS based Dynamic vhd

I am trying to calculate MFT offset from master boot section of NTFS filesystem of Dynamic VHD. The Little Endian cluster location of this Dynamic VHD MFT is highlighted: which is then further ...
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taking an image of two partitions without unallocated space

I have a 32GB SD card with 1GB FAT32 on sdc1, 10GB EXT4 on sdc2 and 21GB unallocated space. I want to get a single disk image file that would contain sdc1 and sdc2. So the image would be of an 11GB ...
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Can I mount an empty qcow2 image?

I am trying to mount my image.qcow2 to nbd device on my linux machine using the following command: guestmount -a test.qcow2 -i --ro /mnt/test_qcow/ but I get the following error: guestmount: no ...
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Make a System Image of an Old Windows Computer as a VHD file

I have computers with Windows XP, Vista, and 7 installed. I have some ideas that I would like to use these computers for but I would need to backup everything on them first. I'm interested to know if ...
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Migrate from older Dell XPS to new One?

My old work place let me keep my current Dell XPS 15 9510 (win 11), this laptop is perfectly set-up for all of my work and software dev needs. My new work place have issued me with a new Dell XPS 15 ...
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Should drives be unmounted before cloning with Rufus?

In a Unix-based environment, when cloning a disk to an image file with dd, the disk should be unmounted to prevent errors due to the filesystem changing during the cloning process. When using Rufus on ...
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Backing Up Local Drive Image to Google Drive Without Cache Files

I'm looking to store a backup image of my local disk onto Google Drive for Desktop (GDD) using Windows 10 without the files being first cached on the local drive. GDD has an assigned drive letter. I ...
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prepairing an raw disk image to be readable/mountable crossplatform

Does anyone know of an easy way to prepare a raw disk image to be accessible across platforms? Sometimes I do data transfers for people and there are times when I just want to supply an image of the ...
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Recover bootable Win 7 recovery drive from an image

I have a laptop that came with a Windows 7/OEM license, for which I still have the product key. I have replaced this OS with another (Linux), and I'm trying to re-install the former. Here's the ...
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Recover from Windows Update that killed boot up [closed]

I recently had a near death experience where my system wouldn't boot after a Windows Update. I was finally able to fix it but it made me realize next time I might not be so lucky. So questions: There ...
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Clonezilla error creating image from encrypted SSD: LUKS header file not found

I'm trying to create a full-disk image with Clonezilla alternative stable - 20221103-kinetic (Ubuntu-based) of my Dell XPS 15 7590. The notebook has only Ubuntu 22.04, standard partitioning. The disk ...
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How can I convert a BIN and a CUE file to an ISO image on Linux?

I downloaded two disk images files on the Internet Archive that contain operating systems installation files. I have a .BIN and a .CUE, and I want to convert them to a single ISO. I tried using bchunk ...
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Macrium not showing an external drive when I look to restore an image

Macrium not showing an external drive when I look to restore an image I have a laptop with one internal drive, and i've connected two drives connected externally, to USB. One external drive, a Toshiba,...
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Accessing physical disk from VirtualBox: Access Denied

I am trying to run a VirtualBox machine from a physical disk. I read that I have to run "C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\VBoxManage.exe" internalcommands createrawvmdk -filename C:\...
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Which partitions do I need to convert Windows 10 installation into VM?

What I would like advice with: I have A PC that had previously dual booted Ubuntu 20.04 and Windows 10. I have instead decided to use my Linux install as my main system and run Windows virtually from ...
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Add Partition Table to existing vhdx partition image

I have images of single paritions (not full disks) in vhdx format. I want to create VMs with Hyper-V with them. Since the images are only partitions the machines do not start. How can I add the disk ...
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Hacking a Windows 11 Installation Setup

During Windows 11 installation: Obviously install.wim's only image inside is extracted in this "Copying Windows files" stage. Now, this install.wim, I wish to replace with my own WIM file ...
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What does PowerISO mean by "unpacking" my image (*.img)?

I captured a bootable USB flash drive into an image (*.img) through PowerISO. When I open it in PowerISO, it indicates that it is in a sort of partitioning: Then when I click on "Burn", ...
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Can I deploy a VHDX image on a physical machine?

It's been sysprep'd. I want to deploy it on physical machines. I haven't been able to do it so far. What I tried to do is simply copy the VHDX (I was using Hyper-V VM) (after shutting down the VM ...
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Process to Create Bootable IMG Backup of Windows Partition Via LiveUSB

Is it possible to create a bootable img of my Windows10 partition via the gnome-disk utility? Or rather, what is the best / recommended way for creating a bootable image of Windows partition via an ...
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VBox .vdi resize succeeded. Still not able to store more data on the .vdi

I'm using Virtual Box Version 6.1.34 on Linux Mint 20. I ran out of space on one of my virtual machines (Guest OS: Xubuntu 20.04.3 LTS on dynamic .vdi image). Was 10G, resized to 100G. I attempted the ...
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How to create a dualboot disk image to install on multiple laptops?

I'd like to setup multiple laptops in the same way: dualboot Windows and Linux. I understand the easiest would be to create a disk image with both operating systems and then write this image to all ...
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Editing Game Audio Disk

I have a very old game from 90s. the disk contains the setup files only. But When I right-click on it, It seems it is a multimedia disk which contains in-game musics and I can play them track by track ...
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Problems activating Windows 10 Pro on new digital licensed computers when using an imaged HDD containing same OS version

I'm having trouble with activating Windows 10 Pro on computers that come with an OEM digital license for Windows 10 Pro. Here's some background.. I have a company that performs video surveillance ...
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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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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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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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