I need to clone a HDD and then be able to extract files from the image (it should be faster than copying files from that HDD).

This HDD can contain errors, so cloning software should be able to retry bad sectors.

There is software that allows mounting a raw HDD copy (although I haven't tested it), so I need to make a compatible image.

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    This might help.
    – Davidenko
    Commented Apr 23, 2015 at 7:12
  • What is "compatible image"? Do you need images in ISO format? Then edit that into your question.
    – user416
    Commented Apr 23, 2015 at 7:50
  • I think Macrium Reflect will suit your needs.
    – Nadav S.
    Commented Apr 29, 2015 at 16:01
  • You've linked to OSFmount in your question. The ReadMe file mentions OSFclone, which clones an HDD into an iso image that can be then mounted by OSFmount
    – Tymric
    Commented May 21, 2015 at 23:46
  • @Timmy it is not for windows Commented May 23, 2015 at 22:15

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You really should be using linux for the initial backup since gnuddrescue is probably the best choice for doing a full disk backup when there's bad sectors - it backs up good sectors first then retries the bad ones, letting you know which ones are bad. Once that's done, there's a few options for mounting it in windows - osfmount or lmdisk might work. I'd rather mount the disk image in kpartx and copy it, personally.


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