How to Copy a Full Disk Image from Android to Computer

How to Copy a Full Disk Image from Android to Computer

21 May 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

Creating a complete disk image of your Android device’s storage is a critical step for data recovery or backup. The process involves creating a binary image file of the device’s storage, which can then be analyzed or restored. In this guide, we will walk you through the steps to copy the full disk image from your Android device to a computer.


  • Your Android device must be rooted.
  • Ensure that BusyBox is installed on the device.

Copying the Disk Image Using ADB

The Android Debug Bridge (ADB) provides a versatile command-line tool to communicate with your device. To copy the disk image, you can use the following ADB command:

adb pull /dev/block/mmcblk0 mmcblk0.img

This command will pull the entire disk image from the specified block device (in this case, mmcblk0) and save it as mmcblk0.img on your computer. Adjust the block device path as necessary for your specific device.

Analysis and Recovery

Once you have copied the disk image to your computer, you can use various tools to mount, analyze, or recover data from the image:

  • To mount the partition in Windows, consider using software like OSFmount.
  • For file analysis and data recovery, tools like Active@ Undelete are recommended, though there are many alternatives available.

Integrating with Repeato

While the above method is effective for data recovery, maintaining the health and performance of your Android applications is equally important. This is where Repeato comes into play.

Repeato is a no-code test automation tool for iOS and Android that simplifies creating, running, and maintaining automated tests for your apps. With its built-in ADB capabilities, Repeato can execute ADB commands via script steps, allowing you to incorporate disk image copying into your testing workflow if needed. This feature ensures that you can seamlessly integrate device management tasks with your automated testing processes.

Learn more about how Repeato’s innovative approach to test automation can improve your app development and testing efforts by visiting our documentation or downloading the tool from our download page.

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