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mount whole drive image with loopback

From: "Peter T. Breuer" <ptb@oboe.it.uc3m.es>
Subject: Re: Mounting a hard disk image ...
Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2005 10:38:31 +0200
Message-ID: <79fur2-70r.ln1@news.it.uc3m.es> 
References: <I7YGe.1360$4F5.647@fe06.lga> 

Mike <mbbrutman@yahoo.com> wrote:
> There is a nice trick where if you use dd to copy a hard disk partition 
> to a file you can use the "-o loop" option to mount the file as though 
> it was a hard disk partition.
> This works great for files that contain images of partitions, but what 
> do you do if you imaged an entire disk? 

Then you'll have to mount them loopback with offsets or split the image
up.  You can attach the whole file to a loop device (no offset) and use
fdisk on it to read the partition table and get the necessary offsets
out of it.


Specifically, see Mounting disk images on Linux loopback device, which details the necessary procedures.

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