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devnullius:
Copy paste from: http://drbl.org/faq/fine-print.php?path=./2_System/43_read_ntfsimg_content.faq#43_read_ntfsimg_content.faq

Is that possible I can read the content of an image (e.g. sda1.ext4-ptcl-img.gz.*) created by Clonezilla ?

Yes, but it's not straightforward.

Here you are:


Method 1: Use Clonezilla live to restore the image to a virtual machine (e.g. VMWare workstation or Virtual Box). Then mount the restored partition to read the contents.


Method 2:
Prepare a large disk in Linux

Say if your image is /home/partimag/YOURIMAGE/, if the image is like /home/partimag/YOURIMAGE/*-ptcl-img.* (e.g. /home/partimag/YOURIMAGE/sda1.ext4-ptcl-img.gz.aa), follow this to restore the image.

If the the image is like /home/partimag/YOURIMAGE/sda1.ntfs-img.aa, sda1.ntfs-img.ab..., run
"file /home/partimag/YOURIMAGE/sda1.ntfs-img.aa"
to see it's gzip, bzip or lzop image.

Say it's gzip, then you can run
cat /home/partimag/YOURIMAGE/sda1.ntfs-img.* | gzip -d -c | ntfsclone --restore-image -o sda1.img -

Then you will have a "sda1.img" which you can mount it by
mount -o loop -t ntfs sda1.img /mnt

Then all the files are in /mnt/

You can do the similar thing for the ext3, ext4 or reiserfs file system.


Method 3:
Use the tool partclone-utils to mount the image directly. (//NOTE// This program is not maintained by Clonezilla team. However, it will be included in the future release of partclone when the new release, e.g. 0.2 is released.).

The example to use partclone-utils to mount the image, and still you need to prepare enough disk space for that:

Boot Clonezilla live

Mount the image repository, as normal usage when restoring. However, do not restore the image. Here we just need to read the image

The following commands have to be run as root (administrator). Therefore run "sudo -i"
to become root.

Say if your image is /home/partimag/YOURIMAGE/, if the image is like /home/partimag/YOURIMAGE/sda1.ext4-ptcl-img.gz*, from the file name you know its file system is ext4, and is gzipped. You can run
cat /home/partimag/YOURIMAGE/sda1.ext4-ptcl-img.gz.aa* | gzip -d -c > /home/partimag/my-sda1-img

This command will generate a single uncompressed image file "my-sda1-img" in the dir /home/partimag/.

modprobe nbd
imagemount -d /dev/nbd0 -f /home/partimag/my-sda1-img
mount -t ext4 /dev/nbd0 /mnt

Now you have all the files in the dir /mnt/.

When everything is done, you can:
umount /mnt/
pkill imagemount

(end copy paste)

Might be of interest too:
- http://www.johndscomputers.com/2012/backup-and-restore/backup-considerations-3-clonezilla-acronis-easeus-and-paragon/
- http://www.allyoulike.com/76648/getdata-mount-image-pro-5-0-6-1068/
- http://www.mountimage.com/
- http://serverfault.com/questions/35639/extracting-files-from-clonezilla-images
- (http://windowsforum.com/threads/a-new-and-improved-clonezilla-imaging-tool.44089/)


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Pez:
If it is a ordenary gz file you can open it in Windows or Mac Winrar.

http://winrar.softadm.com/

More info about WinRAR:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WinRAR

devnullius:
What's next - 7zip?

;p

Pez:
On compression format like rar and zip.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7-Zip

http://www.7-zip.org/

But way use the 7-zip tool when WinRAR have the ability to decompress the files also and many more. ;)

devnullius:

--- Quote from: Pez on 23. December 2013., 13:22:27 ---On compression format like rar and zip.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7-Zip

http://www.7-zip.org/

But way use the 7-zip tool when WinRAR have the ability to decompress the files also and many more. ;)

--- End quote ---

Why? SPEED! 7zip is superiour in speed to winrar. I only use winrar for multi-rar archives and their strange naming conventions... Only winrar gets that shit. Also I like the test-feature that winrar has built in.

But from day to day... 7Zip all the way!

Did you not read my which softwares to install article? It explains this in great detail - includes poweriso too! ;p

But seriously... This thread has nothing to do with zip archives... You should know better, Pez.... You know better! :)

devnullius

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