[Top][All Lists]

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

Re: How to add files to an existing img partition.

From: Frantisek Rysanek
Subject: Re: How to add files to an existing img partition.
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2020 13:19:56 +0200

On 27 Jun 2020 at 23:04, Dan Campbell wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm using a virtual disc created in Qemu Manager.  It contains a
> Windows XP partition.  
> I'm not able to add files or change anything with PowerISO.  If I
> open the c.img file with PowerISO and try to add a few files,
> PowerISO returns an error that it has to truncate dozens of folder
> names including C:\Windows.
> Is there another tool I should be using to make changes to the
> partition like add files or install programs?

Hi Dan...

I've just taken a look at Qemu Manager - seems like the software is
getting a little stale :-) But that alone should not be a problem.
I don't know Qemu Manager and have no clue what it does.
Perhaps the key question is: what format is the .IMG file?
Per QEMU docs, "IMG" is not listed as some particular image file
format. It could be a "raw" image in QEMU parlance. Which would mean
that any tool that's able to loop-mount an XP-level NTFS partition
(or is it FAT?) from an image should work fine.

BTW, what makes you believe that PowerISO is able to mount
FAT/FAT32/NTFS volumes, and further, do that from raw HDD images that
can possibly contain an MBR? Doesn't seem to be the right tool for
the job... Take a look here:
I believe these tools are all commercial software.

In Linux, I'd suggest to loop-mount the image:
mount -o loop /my_raw.img /where
But if the image is not a single partition (or a floppy in the old
days), i.e. zector 0 in the image is not a filesystem bootsector,
i.e. sector 0 contains a partition table, you will need to refer to
the particular partition. In Linux I'd start using one of the
following, to learn about the partition layout within the image:
  fdisk my_raw.img
  sfdisk -l  my_raw.img
  sfdisk -d my_raw.img
...and figure out the offset of the boot sector of your partition of
choice. You need to multiply the starting sector number (zero-based)
by the number of bytes in a sector (typically 512). E.g., suppose the
partition starts at sector 63. In that case, I'd use
mount -o loop,offset=32256 /my_raw.img /where

>From there, it's a matter of having the right filesystem drivers in
your kernel for NTFS/FAT/FAT32/EXFAT/whatever, and maybe having the
right flavour of the user-space mount tool in your Linux OS.

If you're interesting to learn more about HDD partitioning, try this
It is nowadays a little dated (with UEFI, GPT, 4k sector size and
binary alignment) but should be valid for XP-level partitioning
= for the legacy BIOS master boot record and its partition table.

The above should be valid for raw images = bitwise identical copies
of a harddisk. Note that QEMU can use more advanced image files that
are not raw, such as the qcow2 and others. Other hypervisors have
their proprietary image formats in various versions... I can see that
mounting qcow2 images should be possible in Linux:

This is just a quick idea off the top of my head.

Frank Rysanek

reply via email to

[Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread]