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describes the process of creating an exact copy of a data storage media.

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Hard disk image files don't upload to OneDrive

I would like to store my hard drive images in the cloud, so that they are not at risk if the local PC breaks down. However, OneDrive (using the desktop client for Windows) does not upload the images. ...
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How to read tmpfs as a block device in linux?

A typical linux machine mounts a tmpfs to store temporary files: $ df Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda1 953M 702M 203M 78% / tmpfs 1.5G ...
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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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Fastest way to image a partition to the same physical drive?

Situation: A USB drive with two partitions,let's call them A and B. B is much larger than A. I want to image the contents of A inside a .img/.iso file to be saved inside B. Unfortunately, the size of ...
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Create ext4 image skipping free space

To backup an ext4 partition the easy way is just to use cat or dd: cat /dev/sdXn > backup.img dd if=/dev/sdXn of=backup.img This of course is just a low level copy, so also the unused disk space ...
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What is the most efficient, native way to image a Windows partition?

What is the most efficient, native way to image a Windows partition? Why is the native method generally the best method for most users? How does the native method differ from conventional cloning? ...
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Motherboard blew a few capacitors. How should I migrate the system?

So, the motherboard of a customer’s system blew a few capacitors and replacing the motherboard with one of the same model is not an option as it is out of production now. The system won’t stay turned ...
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When using DISM to load drivers on an offline image, what driver version gets used if multiple versions are installed?

Does windows intelligently pick, is it the latest version, is it the last one (by order of installation) or does something else happen?
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Imaging one laptop to another

I have a windows 10 laptop which I have managed to set-up as I like it. I would like to image this laptop so I can deploy/install it on another one, which is exactly same model, for use as a back-up/...
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Why do these configuration file exclusions work with DISM /Capture-Image but not the New-WindowsImage cmdlet?

I am trying to create a configuration file to define exclusions for an image capture as described in DISM Configuration List and WimScript.ini Files. The exclusion rules seem to be ignored when I ...
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Windows 8.1 laptop with eMMC storage restore image to different disk

I have an ASUS notebook with Windows 8.1 with Bing installed on a 32GB eMMC storage device. Long story short, it is too small to be usable in our scenario. We have added a 120GB SSD to the device, ...
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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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DISM capture and apply WIN10 image failure. Need guidance

I've hit quite a snag here. I booted from WINPE5.1 and ran DISM and captured a Windows 10 golden instance image and the UEFI System Partition (what I traditionally knew as system partition) saved to ...
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Microsoft Deployment Toolkit versus Thick image + GPOs

I know that MDT/WDS combo is very useful in creating thin images and deploying OSes, applications, drivers, etc. as needed with said image. I was wondering though is it worth it to learn MDT if one ...
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Do I need the default windows drivers or just third party when creating WIM file on Windows 10?

I am helping out a colleague and we have a Hyper-v VHDX file created for a windows 10 image. I am about to mount the image (via DISM) and then via Powershell to install the drivers. I have a list of ...
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Domain Account Permission Issues

After creating a custom Windows 7 image I have an issue with once I join the domain. For example, a new hire hasn't got access to change the time and use cmd, probably more things but I haven't ...
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How do you reduce the size of a windows 7 offline image after you removed the old 3rd party drivers via DISM?

As the title says I had a Windows offline image that needed a driver package put on it from a CAB file I extracted the CAB file and used DISM to install all the drivers from it recursively. Some time ...
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Windows 7/8 update will not initially check wsus

I have a weird (probably simple) problem. I recently updated a Windows 8 image file for our organization, and while everything works fine with deployment, Windows update is giving us some issues. When ...
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HDD imaging and data recovery

I have a 1TB NTFS single-partition non-OS hard disk drive on my Windows Server 2012 PC, about 80% full, that has gone bad after a couple years of use. The drive retains the entire (now empty) ...
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View/set laptop power settings on a VM (desktop)

I'm building a reference windows image in a VM and I want to tweak the power settings. Windows identifies the VM as a desktop and only presents me with the standard desktop power settings. Is there ...
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Why do truncated disk images fail sometimes?

I need to do some images of small systems on larger volumes. Eg. a minimal Linux installation put onto some SSD or SD Cards. Volumes are partitionated using MBR style partition tables. As drives are ...
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Can I get Windows Backup and Restore to save more than one system image backup on a single drive?

I've been using legacy (Windows 7) Backup and Restore on a Windows 10 Pro system to generate system image backups that can be restored from bare metal. A major limitation of the tool, however, is that ...
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Windows 10 Image (WIM) validation

Years ago one could use ghost to image a drive and then hash the result. When the image was restored, the new drive could also be hashed to validate the integrity of the image. Is there any similar ...
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How do incremental imaging programs know what changed?

When you tell an imaging program like Macrium Reflect to create an incremental backup, how does it figure out which clusters have changed on the volume since the last backup? For example, does it look ...
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10.11 Prohibitory Symbol after Reimage or Kernel Panic on NetBoot

I apologize if this is convoluted. I've tried so many different ways of getting this to work that I'm getting them all mixed up. With the launch of Mac OS 10.11 El Capitan, we've encountered some ...
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Adjusting 10.10 Desktop Change Python Script

I'm not fantastic in Python and I'm currently using a script based off of https://gist.github.com/gregneagle/6957826. I'm looking to make one change to the Desktop Image Dictionary Keys option in ...
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Is it possible to restore an image from Acronis into a single partition, instead of the whole disk?

I haven't worked with Acronis yet (or any other OS cloning software), but as far as I know, it has to be restored on a blank HDD instead of a single partition (out of 2 or more). So, is that possible ...
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How to clone Windows HDD to a smaller SSD with Windows built in tool

I would like to move my OEM Windows from a big HDD to a smaller SSD. Windows 7 + SP1 has a built in toool. My problem is that it could not find a way for it to make an image file only of the used ...
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What's the simplest way to capture an image of an OS and apply it to another drive? [duplicate]

I have a 1 TB hard drive with OS installed (Windows Server 2012 R2), several partitions, dynamic disk. All I want to do is back everything up so I can basically clone it to a bigger drive. However, ...
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Ways to purge data on restart, shutdown, and logoff

What ways can do such thing as reverting(quickly) a pc's state back to an image on logoff, shutdown and restart. Those pc's(runs windows 7) that I talked about are connected to a server. Students ...
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Access data from a linux partition inside an image without root privileges

I have a whole-drive image file containing a partition table and some partitions. I would like to list and read files from an ext2/ext3 partition inside this file. Using root priveleges, it is ...
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Windows 7 cannot create system image after sysprep

I have 2 PCs of the same make and model from Acer. I lost the admin password on PC-01 and I cannot do a factory restore via F8 (no alt-F10, no password reset disk), so I am thinking to do a sysprep /...
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'dd' command on Damn Small Linux?

I looked at the package list of DSL, and I don't see 'dd'. For example I would like to restore /dev/sdb from an .img file like so: dd bs=1M if=/home/myname/image.img of=/dev/sdb What command do I ...
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Imaging UEFI computers

We are buying computers for a new building, but our current imaging software, Symantec Ghost Solution Suite 2.5, does not support imaging of UEFI computers. I’m hesitant to dummy down 300-500 ...
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Is imaging independent of partition size?

Let's assume this scenario. A partition of 100GB, 50GB are used and 50GB are free. If I do the image of the system, could I then resize the partition to 75GB and be able to restore the image? Or is it ...
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Windows disk imaging software which can save drivers and boot sector separately during backup?

I tried cloning an SSD from one laptop to a similar laptop. The laptop is running Windows 7 Enterprise. The second laptop has a larger and different model SSD. Both laptops have only a single drive, ...
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Is there a way to image or clone a Windows 8 tablet that runs off eMMC storage?

I am attempting to image or clone Windows 8 tablets that run off eMMC storage. The specific device in use in an Asus Vivotab Smart that runs Windows 8 Core. Having attempted traditional imaging ...
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Can I make the image of Linux centos from AWS with imaging software

I have the centos 6.3 in Amazon ec2. Is it possible to make the image of centos using some imaging software like acronis (any free alternative?). Then I can restore it on my virtual machine vmware.
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Can Clonezilla clone a computer that is running live over a network? Can anything?

I saw a similar but not duplicate question. Is it possible to use Clonezilla to clone a computer over the network? Now I have to boot into the CD like always, but wondered if it could be done. If ...
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Cloned Windows 7 Hard Drive Won't Boot

I have been trying for about three weeks to clone a Windows 7 hard drive to get it to run in another computer. Where I work, we have 600+ computers that need Windows 7 installed on them before support ...
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How to mass-produce a pre-made computer image with hardware?

I've created a product running on Linux that I'd like to be able to mindlessly "image", then drop onto similar computer systems. I was hoping you guys could help me with the following: Is there a ...
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How to create an image/installer of multiple installed programs on Windows 7 for free?

Note: Without creating a fresh new image. I have a base Windows 7 OS (with some software) I want to install multiple applications (20-30), and then capture all these installations in a single image/...
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Windows Deployment Server-RAID Controller

I am to attempting to install Windows 7 onto Dell Workstations using WinPE drivers injected into a Deployment Workbench. Despite injecting the RAID card drives (Perc 310 to be specific) I cannot get ...
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imaging Windows XP

We have a number of old gateway computers that came with Windows XP. We would like to make an image of one of these machines to speed up repairs on all the rest. Will running sysprep on windows XP ...
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Creating Mountable Image of a Partition?

I'm after a way to do a quick dump of a users HDD (typically NTFS, but sometimes HFS) on to an external drive or a network location, that saves an image of the contents of the drive so I can pick ...
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New Task Sequence Wizard

How should/do I fill this out? I cannot find anything the helps me understand what I should put on this page. For Example **Full Name** Whose name or Full Name of what **Organization** I will use ...
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Use Windows 7 System Image on another identical pc?

We just purchased a bunch of new PC's in bulk and I have one computer setup the way I like with all of our company software. I want to push the System Image I created in Windows 7 onto the remaining ...
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Windows 7 and Ghost

I am in charge of prepping Win 7 for our environment and before I get started there are a few items I need some help with. We have 90+ license keys but I do not want to use any to test with and the ...
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How does Windows know it should restart after a disk re-imaging?

I have been using some disk imaging software (Ghost 8.0) to clone a Windows XP Embedded image. I noticed that even if I capture a disk image from a computer and then transfer that image back to the ...
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How do I create a bootable .wim from Win 7 system image?

I was given an assigment to create a clean install of Windows 7, take a system image of it and make it a bootable image, so it can be booted from our local server. I've readed a few tutorials, but ...
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