Checking a block device

Jonathan Hirschman jonathan at
Wed Aug 4 01:01:03 UTC 2010

On 8/3/2010 8:10 PM, GNUbie wrote:
> Hello all,
> How can I check if a block device (partition) has one or any of the
> following characteristics:
> [1] raw
> [2] has content
> [3] formatted
> BUT without actually mounting it?

Not sure that this is possible.

Forensics examiners have similar needs for legal purposes. They image 
the device to a file using dd or similar tools, and then attempt to 
mount the image, or otherwise examine it.

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