#4 NTFS metadata

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2008-05-30
2008-05-30
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One of the features of Norton's Ghost is the ability to view what is stored on the image. It would be very useful to be able to see what is stored in an ntfs image created using Clonezilla.
One option for doing this may be the --metadata option with ntfsclone that makes an image of the file attributes, size and location without the file content. This could then be stored with the disk/partition image.

Hopefully this is possible.

Thanks.

Wayne Amos
wramos@netspace.net.au

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  • Steven Shiau
    Steven Shiau
    2008-05-30

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    Good point.
    Will try to add that in the future release.

     
  • Steven Shiau
    Steven Shiau
    2008-05-30

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    BTW, do you have any more info how to use this created file (by ntfsclone --metadata) ?
    Another problem is, user is very likely to be confused about the size of this kind of metadata file, since the size report of "ls -alFh" is the same with partition size, but "du -hs" shows it's only a small file.

     
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    Apparantly the image can be mounted and then browsed like the original ntfs file system. I haven't had a chance to test this yet.
    As for the size discrepancy, again I haven't played with it yet, it seems the metadata image will be the same size as a full image but is full of zeros for the content and can therefore be compressed very small. I don't know if this will then cause problems with mounting and reading it.

    Is there a better/alternative method for storing and viewing a list of contents?

    Wayne.

     
  • Would this be almost equivalent to doing a temporary mount, then recursive
    ls -R /mnt/win/ > /CompleteFileListing.txt