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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Linux mount disk image, cannot access some directories

I already asked the same question on unix.stackexchange a week ago, but since I got no real response, I'll try I have a raw disk image, which I am trying to mount to get some backup data from. fdisk -...
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How useable would a dd image be were it to be aborted mid-way creation on TestDisk?

I have a half-dead 1TB WD mechanical hard drive, which I am trying to recover files from using TestDisk. It used to host Windows 10 and before crashing wasn't filled over half-way, so I decided to ...
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Is it possible to reimage windows and keep all installed programs, but no users profile?

Is it possible to reimage windows 10 as new and keep all current installed apps? Expected Result: When the new image deployed to the machine and user bootup, it ask user to create account. Once ...
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Finding image file of mounted ISO

When I mount an ISO file like C:\temp\demo.iso by double clicking it on Windows 10 and/or Windows Server (or Mount-DiskImage powershell command) I can see the new disk (in this case it returned a new ...
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Do you need to have sufficient space on a hard drive to mount a disk image (backup)?

So I just backed up two drives onto a single backup drive. I used AOMEI's Backupper. I backed up a 1tb drive (basically fully filled) no problem, and could mount the image and explore it's files. I ...
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Create a hybrid .iso directly from a Mac/PC hybrid CD?

I have several dozen hybrid Mac/PC CDs and would like to create .iso images of them. The Mac partitions are HFS and HFS+, the PC partitions are ISO9660. Currently, I copy the Mac content after ...
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Shrink MacOS guest (vmdk file)

Is there a simple way to maintain a MacOS VM? I setup a VM with growing disk, which had original just 8GB. How I have a 45GB monster drive with a low real usage. I had to install a 8GB ziped package ...
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Create smallest possible FreeBSD drive image

greetings from Rotterdam in the Netherlands. I have a challenge. I need to distribute drive images for installation on typical hardware. The development box has a 120Gb SSD. Installed is FreeBSD 11.2-...
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Can I use a disk image on a different linux device with the same OS?

I want to be able to copy an Amazon Linux 2 instance from my Linux academy lab servers to my personal AWS account. They don't provide a built in way to do this but they do let me SCP files out from ...
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Can a Clonezilla image be edited?

I have generated a Clonezilla image file of three partitions, but now would like to delete one file from a partition of that image. Is it practical to talk about doing so, in Linux or Windows? https:/...
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Migrate an offline Windows installation to another drive, copying only once, using only Microsoft tools

As a SysAdmin I occasionally backup and duplicate Windows installations. My current approach is creating a WIM using DISM /Capture-Image or ImageX /capture, then applying the image to a new volume. ...
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How to create a dynamically sized virtual disk that works with both macOS and windows?

I want to make a virtual drive which I want to mount natively on both macos and windows. By natively I mean I don't want to involve virtual machines because they make things slow. So far I have tried ...
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Mount Android 10 dd image of /sda internal memory

Made an image of whole /dev/sda (with all partitions) via dd from adb shell from TWRP for further forensics and deleted file recovery. Can't mount disk image. Also tried to mount a small partition (...
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How to clone an SD card for use with smaller SD cards?

I have an SD card of 16gb that I want to clone and have to send to another individual with a 16gb card. There's a problem however where my brand of card must be slightly larger than his by a few mb ...
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Is there a disk image file format that only store sectors which are filled (non empty)?

I have a 500GB hard drive that contains several NTFS partitions. I would like to create a single disk image of all partitions. My ultimate goal is to mount that drive later and scan it for possible ...
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Linux softraid: Can disk image files mounted via loop device be located on a raid 1?

I want to use a softraid mirror for my new Linux installation (VoidLinux) -- complete mirror of swap and /. Now I also want to mount some directories (e.g. /home) via loop device from a disk image ...
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7-Zip seems unable to compress zero-filled virtual disk image after 1.8 GB

I am trying to compress a virtual disk image that is mostly empty. It has about 2 GB used out of 13.5, but even after zero filling the empty space, I am still only able to compress it to around ...
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Full clone from one host to another

I have a headless mini-pc running Ubuntu Server 18.04 - nothing special, just a "Beelink Gemini X55" 8GB RAM, 128Gb SSD. Its benchmark's are quite impressive compared to VPS alternatives and even ...
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Restore removed files that are on a remote server. Create a restorable image from mounted via sshfs folder

I have a remote server that I can connect to via ssh, I need to restore files from there to my computer (preferably with folder structure or just filenames), ext4magic says that I cant restore it ...
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What is the PortableBaseLayer Disk

I recently looked in the Disk Management tool, and I noticed a (virtual) disk that I didn't recognize. The volume's name is "PortableBaseLayer." I also noticed it while using the manage-bde -status ...
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Can windows 7 pro image files (created with backup) be moved to another hard disk?

I have an external HDD (Hitachi 320GB SATA in an external USB 3.0 enclosure) that I used to store an image of my laptop HDD when I got the laptop about 3 years ago. I made the image with windows 7 ...
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Docker Desktop errors out running on Windows 10 pro v1903

It said I need to enable virtualization, which means running Hyper-V, so I followed this guide: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualization/hyper-v-on-windows/quick-start/enable-hyper-v But ...
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Trying to create raw image with both UEFI and bios

A bit new to this .. I’m trying to build a raw disk image with UEFI and BIOS. I’ve been using virt-builder with their template to make my current disk image but it only boots from bios. I’ve noticed ...
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What can a file copy miss that an image backup of a disk (image) will definitely catch, and is there anything that they both can miss?

So here is what I can think of that a file copy can miss: Locked Files (but you’ll usually know) Partitions Boot Flags on a partition Is there anything that both of them will miss? bios settings ...
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How do I upgrade m.2 ssd to larger m.2 NVMe ssd with one slot (Laptop)

I just bought an m.2 ssd of greater volume and didnt realize i cannot have both of them plugged in. I struggled founding the answer on net. So the question is how do i migrate/clone, my current ssd to ...
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Is it possible to extract base image from qcow2 image?

In my Openstack some glance images were lost. Also _base images were lost too. Don't ask how, please :( I recovered Centos images (just downloaded required cloud images and put in the right place. It ...
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Newly imaged system not recognizing any unallocated space? (smaller image clone to larger drive)

I built a Windows 10 system image in VMWare Workstation that I gave a size of 64GB, so the image could be cloned onto multiple devices of any larger size. I was told that after cloning onto the target ...
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Is it possible to install office and make it accesible to all users in a workstation?

I fully expect the users to activate the office product by themselves. But I want to build an Windows machine image that will have the Office product properly registered their COM class ID registered....
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Back windows up with ability to keep most recent files

My issue is, Windows 10 would not boot. When I pushed it to safe mode, I saw a message saying We couldn't complete the updates. Undoing changes. Don't turn off your computer The loop didn't end ...
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Shrinking an .img to smallest size possible

Let's say I have a simple img, 5Gb in size. I mount it, and 'burn' an Windows 10 ISO on to it. Now, the ISO is only 4939528192 bytes in size, but I want the img to be as small as possible. Is there a ...
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Setting up multiple Windows 10 PCs using a single image

I have 12 brand new computers that I am configuring for a client. Instead of setting them all up one at a time I want to configure one PC, create an image and mount that image across the rest of my ...
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How to create custom-sized GRUB boot floppy *image*

I'm trying to create a custom-sized floppy image with GRUB on it, but I'm having trouble with the custom-sizing. There are plenty of ready-made GRUB boot floppies (legacy or otherwise), which on ...
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Mounting disk images on SSDs of different interfaces

I was planning to upgrade my PC's main drive ( local drive(C:)) to something with higher data transfer rates and larger storage capacity. I was going to run an image backup on my current SSD that's ...
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Can someone please explain backups to me? [closed]

This subject is so confusing to me, I know it shouldn't be, but here we are. First off, what types of backups are there? I hear different terms being used. Full backup, system image. Is there a ...
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How to create an encrypted rewriteable diskimage that doesn't require admin to mount on Windows 10?

I want to run some portable programs on a computer where I am not admin. I need the program data to be encrypted. How can this be achieved? I have looked at the builtin diskmgmt.msc that can create ...
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Windows 10 Backup and Restore Problems

My quick question is if I create a Windows system image on a Dynamic Disk (Microsoft recommends against it, but it's my only option right now) and then move the backup files to a network share, will I ...
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is it possible to recover data from a partially saved disk image

I tried to make an image copy of my dying HDD, but it was getting too big, so I aborted the mission. When I tried again, it got stuck. The first one, with R-Drive Image, was about 150 Gb and the ...
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Compressing a DD image - caveats and optimal settings

I have a 30GB dd image of an SD card, and am using the 7-Zip command line to compress it. Are there any particular options I should enable or avoid when it comes to a dd image that, presumably, must ...
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Cannot make a image file using `dd` command under Windows

I am trying to copy sd card using dd command under Windows cygwin, and I am getting following error: >>> dd if=i:\ of=k:\backup_sd_card.img bs=4M dd: error reading 'i:\': Is a directory 0+0 ...
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HDD “unknown”, “not initialized”, no capacity, no nothing. But physically working and showing up in the device manager

It's a WD hard disk. I'm using its original PCB and the disk turns on, is physically running, and the WD software diagnostic shows "PASS". It appears in the device manager, but in the disk ...
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Windows 10 Boot Options don't show Windows Image Recovery/Advanced Options

I'm trying to move my complete Windows installation (Win 10 Edu x64) including all files and apps to a new SSD. To this end, I created a complete Windows image on an external USB drive, swapped my old ...
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Clonezilla disk check incredibly slow

I am doing backup of my entire disk to image stored on another HDD connected via USB. Creating images went relatively fast (~700-1000 MB/min) but checking afterwards is slooow: 7MB/min. Which means ~...
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Image installation on prod server?

We have Linux server on production hosting Mysql/Crons/other process like java/PHP/Python etc.Its physical server on some data center(not AWS/Azure) We need to upgrade the server disc. Our devops has ...
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DISM /Capture-FFU and /Apply-FFU is painfully slow

I need to capture+apply an entire disk image with Windows Full Flash Update (FFU) It seems an interesting improvement compared to WIM images, also they state that it is faster... but it doesn't seem ...
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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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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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