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

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By: Cowboy
2009-08-23 17:25:07

What Others Think

wow... nice hack
confiq · 454 weeks and 6 days ago
Didn't work for me, even after I installed NTFS-3g. I get "Failed to read last sector (20948696): Invalid argument."
hackerb9 · 454 weeks 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.
hackerb9 · 454 weeks ago

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