Image and Restore a Hard Drive with Linux

May 7, 2016

Need to quickly image and restore a hard drive using Linux? Here's how to do it.

Copy and gzip the hard drive image.

sudo dd if=/dev/sdX bs=1M conv=sync,noerror | gzip -c > image.gz

Ungzip and write to the hard drive.

gunzip -c image.gz | dd of=/dev/sdX conv=sync,noerror bs=1M

If you're looking to take it to the next level and create a restore DVD, the PC Restore DVD Creator project might be what you're looking for.

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