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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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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Veracrypt system encryption cloning properly

I own a Windows laptop. I encrypted it with the Veracrypt system encryption. When the laptop boots, there is a black screen and it asks for the encryption password. There are four partitions on the ...
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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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Mounting sparsebundle file yields blank ContainerToInvert file

I have a system backup locked away in a .sparsebundle file on my desktop (it was extracted from my broken laptop's SSD). When I try to mount the .sparsebundle file, it mounts as a disk image ...
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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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Recover empty space from NTFS partition in .img file

I have a snapshot of an old computers harddisk saved as an .img file. I have mounted it with sudo mount -o loop,offset=209715200 /usr/nasShare/Backups/hpster.img /mnt/tmp which works beautifully. ...
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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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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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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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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 ...