Peek into .img files



  • Is there a way to browse the contents of a .img file in such a way that you’re able to view the contents of the original partition that the .img file represents? This would be similar to the Ghost software that allows you to browse a .gho image of a drive.



  • Neat, I’ll have to give this a shot. Thank you guys.


  • Moderator

    It seems like it would be easier to just restore the image to a client, but I had to find a way.

    All of this is done on Debian 7 and like Wayne I would not advise you doing this on your production server.

    Breakdown:
    Install ntfs-3g, partclone, and pigz
    Decompress image and restore to a file
    Mount image

    apt-get install ntfs-3g partclone pigz
    cd /images/SecurityE420s/
    cat d1p2.img | pigz -d -c | partclone.restore -C -s - -O d1p3.img
    mount -t ntfs-3g d1p3.img /mnt
    
    ls -lah /mnt
    total 6.9G
    drwxrwxrwx  1 root root 4.0K Aug 27  2014 .
    drwxr-xr-x 28 root root 4.0K Jun 18 17:15 ..
    lrwxrwxrwx  2 root root   60 Jul 14  2009 Documents and Settings -> /mnt/Users
    -rwxrwxrwx  1 root root 9.5K Aug 28  2014 fog.log
    -rwxrwxrwx  1 root root 3.0G Aug 28  2014 hiberfil.sys
    drwxrwxrwx  1 root root    0 Aug 27  2014 Intel
    drwxrwxrwx  1 root root    0 Jun 11  2014 MSOCache
    -rwxrwxrwx  1 root root 4.0G Aug 28  2014 pagefile.sys
    drwxrwxrwx  1 root root    0 Jul 13  2009 PerfLogs
    drwxrwxrwx  1 root root 4.0K Aug 28  2014 ProgramData
    drwxrwxrwx  1 root root 8.0K Aug 27  2014 Program Files
    drwxrwxrwx  1 root root 8.0K Aug 27  2014 Program Files (x86)
    -rwxrwxrwx  1 root root 3.1K Aug 28  2014 QcOSD.txt
    drwxrwxrwx  1 root root    0 Aug 26  2014 $Recycle.Bin
    drwxrwxrwx  1 root root 4.0K Jun 11  2014 System Volume Information
    drwxrwxrwx  1 root root 4.0K Nov 20  2010 Users
    drwxrwxrwx  1 root root  40K Aug 28  2014 Windows
    
    
    

  • Moderator

    @Tom-Elliott said:

    Technically it is possible using the partclone-utils stuff, but you do have decompress the img file first.

    With a script to uncompress/mount and a php folder browser :D


  • Moderator

    You might need NTFS support…

    I wouldn’t recommend fiddling with this on your production FOG server… maybe use a Linux Live CD on a desktop, and copy over your image via NFS and do it on the Live CD ?


  • Senior Developer

    Technically it is possible using the partclone-utils stuff, but you do have decompress the img file first.


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