Drive Image on Stand Alone PC
I am working with a Windows 7 PC that I can not connect to the Internet. I want to create an image of the HD in that machine. I have an external Seagate HD that I can hook up to this PC via USB. How to I go about creating the image? What software do I use, and how do I install it? Software needs to be free. The problem I am running into is that all freeware I can find needs Internet access during installation. Many thanks and Happy New Year to you all from NZ!
Clonezilla or the Linux utility dd
If you want to create a disk image, try Disk2VHD.
If you want to clone the drive, you'll also have to use VHD2Disk.
I downloaded Clonezilla earlier today, and ended up with a zip archive full of stuff. I had no idea what to do with it. There was only one exe and when I clicked on it, nothing happened
I'll check out Disk2VHD to see if it's more suitable for dummies like me!
Windows 7 will also create an image itself that can then be restored to a PC with the Windows 7 install media.
Just go to backup and recovery under control panel.
I second dd. Making a linux pen drive is absurdly easy nowadays with unetbootin, and cloning a disk is literally one CLI command (well, technically two if the distro you put on your pen drive auto-mounts). That's it. No GUI, no nothing. Type, type, type, enter, wait, done.
That command would be:
dd if=/dev/sda of=/media/new_hard_disk_volume_label/old_hard_disk_image.img
Thanks! I appreciate all the input.
I recently used Clonezilla to move a Windows 10 system disk to an SSD. Worked first time, fast and easy. I had never used it before.
I love Clonezilla. Makes drive imaging so simple.