I've created a local image of the drive of a hosted VPS by using dd over ssh (ssh user@ "dd if=/dev/vda " | dd of=/Volumes/Backup/droplet.img).

mount shows that macOS supports afs, hfs, exfat, et cetera... but not any version of the Extended File System.

I'm running Sierra (10.12.6); what's the best way to mount this image and gain read/write access to its file system? Fuse-based solutions suggested in other posts appear deprecated and no longer suggested or maintained.

  • Personally, what I would do is create a headless (Linux) VM and share the mount over NFS
    – Allan
    Nov 18, 2017 at 10:43
  • That's not a bad idea. I'll go this route if using tools within e2fsprogs doesn't work.
    – chb
    Nov 20, 2017 at 22:22


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