You may have raw images in your system coming from some bare metal VM, like KVM/Vmware. You may mount them directly to the host machine without attaching them to a VM. To do so, you need two things:
- Partition to mount
- Sector size of the partition and the first position of the partition.
Both of these, can be derived using a command called fdisk with attribute l as the following:
[root@vps5 vpsextra]# fdisk -l mhdevelopment.img Disk mhdevelopment.img: 268.4 GB, 268435456000 bytes, 524288000 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes Disk label type: dos Disk identifier: 0x000f1752 Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System mhdevelopment.img1 2048 523241471 261619712 83 Linux mhdevelopment.img2 523241472 524287999 523264 82 Linux swap / Solaris You have new mail in /var/spool/mail/root [root@vps5 vpsextra]#
Here, we are trying to mount an old image of mine, called ‘mhdevelopment.img. I would like to mount the partition that is not swap, which is namely ‘mhdevelopment.img2’ here. This partition starts from 2048 and the sector size is 512 bytes.
So to mount the partition, you can now use the following command:
sudo mount -o loop,offset=$((2048 * 512)) mhdevelopment.img /mnt
This will mount the the partition mhdevelopment.img1 to /mnt. If you want to change the mount destination, you may do this at the end in replace of /mnt to wherever you want this to be.