How to create a DDRescue Image and save space

As disk sizes explode, I’ve found myself having to mirror disks which I don’t have enough storage for. My tool of choice is ddrescue. However, it doesn’t support compression because it needs to be able to seek through the output as it rescues data. A solution I’ve found is to create a sparse file, format it btrfs, and mount it with the compression=lzo option. This allows ddrescue to operate normally, while giving me fast + decent compression.

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