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Old 02-11-2012, 04:14 AM   #1
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Creating an ntfs fs in a file and mounting it with loop

Is it possible? I'm running debian 6.0.3, and I've built a 52GB file I want to use as a ntfs fs (I'm backing up a friend's W7 computer, and need to copy shortcuts, which linux filesystems can't handle,) but when I
mkfs -t ntfs -q file
it reports:
"file is not a block device.
Refusing to make a filesystem here!"

mkfs -t ext4 -q file
also reports that file is not a block device, but offers to make a filesystem anyway.

Is there any way of convincing mkfs to build a ntfs filesystem?
Old 02-11-2012, 04:29 AM   #2
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I've found the answer with losetup:

losetup /dev/loop1 file
mkfs -t ntfs /dev/loop1

(possibly with other options to mkfs.)

Just for anyone else who wants to know.


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