In question "Parted command line not get the same result", the answer was selected as correct (to create IMG file systems and partitions with "parted") is:

# parted MyDrive.img \
    mklabel msdos \
    mkpart primary NTFS 1 1024 \
    set 1 lba on \
    align-check optimal 1 \

Model:  (file)
Disk /dev/shm/MyDrive.img: 1074MB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos
Disk Flags: 

Number  Start   End     Size    Type     File system  Flags
  1      1049kB  1074MB  1073MB  primary  ntfs         lba

The same for fat32/ext4. However when I mount image in /dev/loop (sudo losetup loop1 MyDrive.img) it's doesn't work (unknown partition).

So the secuence is incomplete.

Somebody can help me to complete the secuence to create .img for ext4/ntfs/fat32 (GPT and MSDOS) to recognize when mounting it in a loop (ready to work)


  • did you create a filesystem with mkfs? – GracefulRestart Mar 25 '18 at 18:36
  • no. The idea is that the parted sequence creates the whole structure. Then the sequence is incomplete – ajcg Mar 25 '18 at 18:39
  • No idea why you are running mkfs on the /dev/loop device, you want to run it on your image file – GracefulRestart Mar 25 '18 at 18:52
  • the same result if i run in /dev/loop1 or into MyDrive.img – ajcg Mar 25 '18 at 19:01
  • Now I have no idea what the question is. You asked about why executing your parted script did not create a recognizable partition, that was fixed by running mkfs. Now you say the partition does not allow writing, but you do not show how you are mounting the image. – GracefulRestart Mar 25 '18 at 19:05

I'll provide the method you asked for and also a much simpler method if partitions are not required. I will also only do ext4 examples, it should be possible to derive the rest:

Image file with partitions:



# create new 2Gb image file, will overwrite $FILE if it already exists
dd if=/dev/zero of=$FILE bs=1M count=2048

# make two 1Gb partitions and record the offsets
offset1=$(parted $FILE \
    mklabel msdos \
    mkpart primary ext2 1 1024 \
    unit B \
    print | awk '$1 == 1 {gsub("B","",$2); print $2}')
offset2=$(parted $FILE \
    mkpart primary ext2 1024 2048 \
    unit B \
    print | awk '$1 == 2 {gsub("B","",$2); print $2}')

# loop mount the partitions and record the device
loop1=$(losetup -o $offset1 -f $FILE --show)
loop2=$(losetup -o $offset2 -f $FILE --show)

# create and mount the filesystems
mkdir -p /tmp/mnt{1,2}
mkfs.ext4 $loop1
mount $loop1 /tmp/mnt1
mkfs.ext4 $loop2
mount $loop2 /tmp/mnt2

# file write test
touch /tmp/mnt1/file_on_partition_1
touch /tmp/mnt2/file_on_partition_2

# cleanup
umount /tmp/mnt1 /tmp/mnt2
losetup -d $loop1 $loop2

Image file without partitions:



# create new 2Gb image file, will overwrite $FILE if it already exists
dd if=/dev/zero of=$FILE bs=1M count=2048

# create and mount filesystem
mkfs.ext4 -F $FILE
mount $FILE /mnt

# file write test
touch /tmp/mnt/file_in_imagefile

# cleanup
umount /mnt

Hopefully that is self explanatory, was easier to express this answer in a shell script.

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  • You tried those scripts ?. They do not seem to work. Please check them. And thanks for your effort – ajcg Mar 25 '18 at 23:51
  • they work for me on a stock centos 7 install using /bin/sh – GracefulRestart Mar 26 '18 at 0:37
  • Why do you run "mkpart primary ext2" and then run "mkfs.ext4 $ loop1" ?? (ext2 vs ext4) – ajcg Mar 26 '18 at 1:02
  • You should read up on what those parted options are in the official documentation. In summary, that is the parted mkpart fs-type option and generally is only to help identify what filesystem will be on that partition. There are only a handful of possible choices you can use there, ext2 is the option that represents all extX filesystems. The mkfs command is what actually makes the filesystem. – GracefulRestart Mar 26 '18 at 17:44
  • then I can remove ext2 (mkpart primary 1 1024 ). And where do I insert the alignment (align-check optimal 1)? – ajcg Mar 26 '18 at 23:23

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