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Old 07-10-2006, 06:51 PM   #1
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loopback mount on a partimage iso


I don't have a spare hard drive lying around and I want to mount an iso of a hard drive I copied (then subsequently installed GNU/Linux on).

I copied the iso to an external hard drive that seems to be FAT32 format. The original drive was also FAT32.

As usual with partimage, it only copied about 5 GB, instead of the whole 12GB on the old Win98 machine I copied.

Since partimage said the file was too large at 4GB, on the next try I set partimage to 1.8 GB max size, so then it split the iso into 3 parts.

Can I "mount o- loop t- vfat" just one of the image files? It doesn't seem to work at all when I typed the command from a book (using appropriate directories). Or do I have to "cat" the 3 files back into one, thus running into the 4GB file size limit?

All I want to do is copy files from the \WINDOWS\ directory that I forgot to backup individually.

Old 07-10-2006, 07:17 PM   #2
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It is possible to mount the ISO image files on the loopback device, however, as I recall, the contents will just be one giant compressed file. You will not be able to browse around in it as you could with a backup made with something like mkisofs + cdrecord.

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