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Posted: Jan. 10 2005,23:44 QUOTE

I tried to replace the existing QEMU virtual harddisk file "harddisk" by using "qemu-img create harddisk 500M" (I am using a  1 GB Lexar Jumpdrive)

The command line above creates a 500M file in the default RAW format.

Two questions:
1. Is RAW the correct format?
2. Are there default files on the default 60K harddisk that need to be copied to the new 500MB harddisk (if so is there a better method to upgrade the size of the virtual drive file)?
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Posted: Jan. 11 2005,05:20 QUOTE

I do not use the qemu-img program. Instead I do everything from DSL.
To make the pseudo harddrisk I used the following 2 steps from DSL.

dd of=harddisk bs=1024 seek=60000 count=0

mke2fs harddisk  ( ignore the warning and proceed )

There are files on the default 60MB harddisk. The backup.tar.gz is there.
Since qemu is a "known" virtual machine, it has a pre-made backup.tar.gz on hdb The sound blaster modprobe is in the opt/

If you make a larger pseduo harddisk, with a different name of course, then mount both the 60MB and your new one.

Something like this:

mkdir /mnt/test2

mount harddisk /mnt/test -o loop
mount newdrive /mnt/test2 -o loop

Then copy over the backup.tar.gz.

cp /mnt/test/backup.tar.gz /mnt/test2
umount /mnt/test
umount /mnt/test2

Then you can delete the 60MB one, rename the larger one to harddisk and you should be good to go.
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Posted: June 22 2005,00:37 QUOTE

Do you do the dd command from DSL running under qemu?  What direcotry are you in when you do the command?
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Posted: June 22 2005,07:29 QUOTE

Hello pcause!

I've made a small HOWTO about the matter (for personal reference) and here it comes:

HOWTO make a new virtual HD in DSL-embedded

Boot from DSL-embedded on a usb-drive

Make the new virtual hd in “Xshells -> Root Access”

#mount -rw /dev/hda1 /mnt/hda1

#dd if=/dev/zero of=/mnt/hda1/harddisk bs=1024 count=410000
(This will create a 400 MB virtual drive; that's what I use)

#mke2fs /mnt/hda1/harddisk
(Just ignore any warning and proceed)

Copying over files to the new hd

#mount /mnt/hdb

#mount /mnt/hda1/harddisk /mnt/test -o loop

#cp /mnt/hdb/backup.tar.gz /mnt/test

#umount /mnt/hdb

#umount /mnt/test

As you can see I prefer to make the new drive on hda1 and that means I can use the actual name harddisk. So you can do it either ways.

Have fun,

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Posted: June 22 2005,10:50 QUOTE

Thanks and that is an excellent write up.  Unfortunately, my laptop can't boot from a USB device.  Is there was way to do this from DSL running on qemu?
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