Backup a remote computer's HDD "sda" via SSH to a single file that's on your local computer's HDD.
If run from remote computer ie. Host
$ dd if=/dev/sda | gzip -1 - | ssh user@local dd of=image.gz
If run from local computer ie. Client
$ ssh user@remote "dd if=/dev/sda | gzip -1 -" | dd of=image.gz