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Make an iso file out of your entire hard drive

Terminal - Make an iso file out of your entire hard drive
cat /dev/hda > ~/hda.iso
2009-11-09 15:44:53
User: mvrilo
Functions: cat
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Make an iso file out of your entire hard drive

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Terminal - Alternatives
dd if=/dev/hda of=file.img

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What others think

This is not an ISO file, because it is not in the format used on optical discs. Instead just call it "image".

Comment by hfs 263 weeks and 3 days ago

Just to clarify, is this "image" the same as in disk mirroring?

Comment by getkaizer 263 weeks and 3 days ago

It's really an image, you can mount it and use it. Test it by copying a pendrive or a small partition.

Comment by mvrilo 263 weeks and 2 days ago

So, in the hands of a not-so knowing person, it's:

- most probably going to create a nice file system full (on hda)

- not going to create an iso image anyway.

Come again, why is that a good idea ?

Comment by pruneau 263 weeks and 2 days ago

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