it is possible to make a full disk image with running ubuntu with following command:

dd if=/dev/sda of=/image_name

After i make it, how can i restore that image on a crushed system?

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    Three things I would suggest. One: do it from a live CD. Two: make sure the image you create is not on the same volume as the one being copied. Three: this will probably only work if both hard drives are the same size.
    – zeitue
    Aug 11, 2014 at 5:54
  • How can i do that from liveCD? AFAIK from liveCD you can't do any write actions. Aug 11, 2014 at 6:39
  • @Heihachi why would you not be able to write to a harddisk from a live DVD?
    – Rinzwind
    Aug 11, 2014 at 7:34
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    I would suggest using a USB hard drive as the location to sent the image
    – zeitue
    Aug 11, 2014 at 8:14

2 Answers 2


Boot from the live cd. Mount your destination media to (say) /mnt.

dd if=/dev/sdXXX of=/mnt/mybackup.ddimg

To restore:

dd if=/mnt/mybackup.ddimg of=/dev/sdXXX

The destination drive should be the same size or bigger than the original.

A better way is using tar.

Mount the source to /mnt, mount the destination to /home (say)

tar cvfpz /home/mybackup.tar.gz /mnt

This can then be restored to any size drive:

tar xvfpz /home/mybackup.tar.gz

(After mounting source to /home and destination to /mnt.)

Then just install grub.


In addition to hatterman's great answer you can compress the image as it's taken using gzip like this:

dd if=/dev/sdx | gzip > /mnt/mybackup.ddimg.gz
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    note that this might require gzip to run as root
    – CervEd
    Mar 18, 2020 at 8:42

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