Copying A Disk

Pete Holsberg pjh42 at
Sat Jul 12 18:29:58 UTC 2008

Derek Broughton has written on 7/12/2008 1:16 PM:

> And, also, is it the whole disk, or a partition on the disk?  (e.g., if your
> drive is being used for dual boot with Linux and Windows, and it's only the
> Windows part that isn't working, then you only care about the partition). 
> In any case, it will probably be partition 1 for any Windows file system.

It's an HD straight from a standard Dell Windows laptop.

>> If you made an image of a filesystem rather than the whole disk (i.e.
>> used /dev/sdXY where X is the disk letter and Y is the partition
>> number), then you could mount it with
>>   mount -o loop,ro filename /mnt/mn
> Of course, he might just try mounting the disk's partitions directly under
> Linux, and seeing if he can still read them.  I've found with failing
> drives, that it's often possible to read them very well (for a while) when
> mounted as read-only filesystems, rather than trying to run an operating
> system off the disk at the same time.
OK, how do I mount a partition?

NOT trying to run an OS off that disk. Where did people get the idea 
that I was????


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