Disk image bigger than target device

Like most Linux os installed on a desktop, mine originally sold with Windows installed. Now I need to use Win on a virtual machine, but I have the following problem:

  1. I used to have a bootable USB stick of Windows
  2. I made an image of it on an external hard drive
  3. I erased the USB stick
  4. I’m unable to recover it from the image: the target is smaller by a few MB.

I’m pretty sure this was a byte-for-byte copy, using dd, so I wonder how the size discrepancy came about. It is a lost cause?

In your screenshot it looks like there is a second partition on the drive eating up 52 MB.

Perhaps you could reformat the disk back into a single partition before trying to add the image, to free up all available space.

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