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Mount the first NTFS partition inside a VDI file (VirtualBox Disk Image)

Terminal - Mount the first NTFS partition inside a VDI file (VirtualBox Disk Image)
mount -t ntfs-3g -o ro,loop,uid=user,gid=group,umask=0007,fmask=0117,offset=0x$(hd -n 1000000 image.vdi | grep "eb 52 90 4e 54 46 53" | cut -c 1-8) image.vdi /mnt/vdi-ntfs
2009-08-23 17:25:07
User: Cowboy
Functions: cut grep mount
Mount the first NTFS partition inside a VDI file (VirtualBox Disk Image)


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wow... nice hack

Comment by confiq 276 weeks and 3 days ago

Didn't work for me, even after I installed NTFS-3g. I get "Failed to read last sector (20948696): Invalid argument."

Comment by hackerb9 275 weeks and 5 days ago

By the way, the 'hd' command is unnecessary if you are using GNU grep which can handle binary files.

sudo mount -t ntfs-3g -o ro,loop,uid=user,gid=group,umask=0007,fmask=0117,offset=$(grep -boa -m1 $'\xebR\x90NTFS' WindowsFoo.vdi | cut -d: -f1) WindowsFoo.vdi /mnt

Note that I'm using bash's $'\xeb' to represent the non-ASCII hexadecimal byte. I assume other shells have similar escape sequences, but I don't know them.

Comment by hackerb9 275 weeks and 5 days ago

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