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I have a laptop running Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.10 with dual boot.  Is there any software out there that will make an image of this?
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You can use CloneZilla to clone or image your disk. it is OpenSource and free:

http://clonezilla.org
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I tried to use it, but it will take up to 5 hours. It looks like it is imaging sector by sector of the hole HDD. Apparently it suppose to image only the sectors being used by the two OS so to shorten space and time. Is there something I have to do with CloneZilla to fix this problem?
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How large is the disk? Normally Imaging with CloneZilla is pretty fast if you select the "beginner" options with defaults. Those settings should only image actual data, not empty space. But there can sometimes be issues with speed if the USB disk you are imaging to only runs at USB1 speeds (when the chipset isn't recognized properly). In such cases it often helps if you remove the disk from that PC and use another one for the task.

I'm not sure if the default Cloning option also copies empty space, but that could be the case. So cloning could by default take longer unless you select the advanced options where you can change lots of the settings.
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