Mounting a multipart vmdk disk on Linux

There are many ways to do that, one of which is using the tools provided by vmware to combine the disks into one and then mounting it with

kpartx -av mydisk.vmdk;

Then

mount -o /dev/mapper/loop0p1 /hds/disk

While another method, which is simpler

apt-get install qemu-utils
qemu-img convert disk-s001.vmdk s01.raw
....
qemu-img convert disk-s013.vmdk s13.raw
....
qemu-img convert disk-s032.vmdk s32.raw

The above will be sparse files, so you will not have disk usage as big as the file, a “df -h” should not result in any lost of disk space beyond the data that is used by files in the image

following the above, we need to combine the RAW files like so

cat s01.raw s02.raw s03.raw s04.raw s05.raw s06.raw s07.raw s08.raw s09.raw s10.raw s11.raw s12.raw s13.raw s14.raw s15.raw s16.raw s17.raw s18.raw s19.raw s20.raw s21.raw s22.raw s23.raw s24.raw s25.raw s26.raw s27.raw s28.raw s29.raw s30.raw s31.raw s32.raw > combined.raw
losetup /dev/loop0 combined.raw
kpartx -a /dev/loop0
mount /dev/mapper/loop0p1 /hds/img1

Review of the Seagate ST8000DM002 8TB 7200rpm desktop hard drive

This is not a review in the sense that it explores the drive in every possible aspect, this is better seen as a user review.

I got this drive on 2016-04-06 (6th of april), the first thing that catches your eye about this drive is that every inch of the space a regular hard drive uses (that empty area under the disk) is used, as a consequence, there is no middle screw hole, only in the back and in the front, a bit of a problem for many computer and NAS cases that rely on that hole to fasten the drive in place.

So, formatting the system into ext4 and copying files onto it, the drive seems very fast, how fast exactly remains to be seen in the coming few hours as i can only run the test after ext4lazyinit completes and finalizes the ext4 partition. I also enabled lazy write-back and removed the journal (tune2fs -O ^has_journal /dev/sdb1)

Now, let us take a better look at some parameters that were given to us by seagate

This is not the SMR (Shingled magnetic recording) disk, this is a proper hard drive meant to run as your desktop’s hard drive, the hard drive features 6  1.33TB plates, which is very high density compared to any disk on the market.

Price per gigabyte at the time of writing on this drive is 4 cents, that is pretty good for a desktop hard drive (The archive drive costs less per GB, but is much less of a performer), the archiving drive, with the SMR needs to delete neighbouring bytes and rewrite them whenever it needs to update a certain byte, so it suffers in performance, not to mention that other things are designed with this in mind too.