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Installing disk-analyze on Windows 10 (1607+) using Linux subsystem

by Tomse @

This document is written as a beginners' step-by-step guide so even those who are new to Linux should be able to use it.

Word of caution: The Linux distribution is a large download. Doing this on a metered line is not recommended. Use on your own accord.

Prepare for the linux subsystem.

Hit the ”Start/Windows” button, and type in ”settings” and hit enter.

In the left side menu, click on ”For developers” and choose ”Developer mode”.

Hit the ”Start/Windows” button again, this time type in ”control panel” and hit enter.

Choose ”Programs” and choose ”Turn Windows features on or off”

Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the list, and put a checkmark in front of ”Windows Subsystem for Linux”

Reboot your computer if asked.

Hit the ”Start/Windows” button again, and type in ”store” and hit enter. In the search field enter ”ubuntu” and hit enter. Click ”install” and wait for it to download and install. This package is quite big, so you might want to take a break. Warning for those who pay for traffic.

When it’s installed a notification appears and you can click ”Launch”, otherwise you can find ”Ubuntu” in the start menu, or search for it.

The first time you start up, you need to enter a username and password. For the sake of this documentation I’ll use ”ubuntu” as username and ”p4$$w0rd” as password. Please don’t use this for your setup for your own security.

Congratulations, you’ve successfully installed Linux on Windows.

Getting Linux ready

Next we’ll make sure Ubuntu is updated.

Note: whenever a line starts with #, you can copy paste the following text into the shell window (linux command prompt).

# sudo apt update

TIP: Since this is the first time you type in ”sudo” you’ll be prompted for a password here. Type the one you gave your user, for this document it’s ”p4$$w0rd” without the quotes. If you don’t let the session cache timeout you won’t be needing to use the password again anytime soon. With too long wait of inactivity, you’d be required to use it again.

# sudo apt upgrade

You’ll be asked if you want to continue [Y/n], hit the enter key here. TIP: Whenever Linux asks you a question you’ll see an uppercase letter and one or more lowercase. The uppercase letter is the default choice if hitting the enter key.

Install some missing tools

# sudo apt install make gcc g++ unzip

Hit enter when prompted to continue.

Time to download the sources and compile

Create a working directory.

# mkdir projects

And lets go into this newly created directory.

# cd projects

Building IPF Support

If you don’t want/need support for kryoflux IPF & CT you can skip the next steps.

Your build may now fail with an error similar to "caps.c:12:28: fatal error: caps/capsimage.h: No such file or directory". This error occurs if you do not have the CAPS library header file in /usr/include/caps. In this case you must download and install as follows:

  # wget -O ipflib42_linux-x86_64.tar.gz
  # tar xf ipflib42_linux-x86_64.tar.gz
  # cd x86_64-linux-gnu-capsimage
  # sudo cp -a include/caps /usr/include

You must also have v4 or v5 of the CAPS library installed (v5 is required for CT Raw image support). Failure to install the library will result in an informative error message when you attempt to read a CTR or IPF image. You can download, build and install v5 of the support library as follows:

  # wget
  # unzip
  # unzip
  # cd capsimg_source_linux_macosx/CAPSImg
  # chmod u+x configure
  # ./configure
  # make
  # sudo make install
  # cd /usr/local/lib
  # sudo ln -s

Back on track: Get the disk utilities

Make sure you are in the right directory

# cd ~/projects

Get the latest disk utilities (disk-analyze).

# git clone

If you wish to read IPF and CT Raw images with disk-analyse then you must explicitly configure support by specifying caps=y in the build process.

  # cd Disk-Utilities
  # make clean
  # caps=y make
  # sudo caps=y make install

Otherwise you just need to do the following.

  # make clean
  # make
  # sudo make install

as a last step before starting to work with disk-analyze, run

  # sudo ldconfig

Accessing your local windows drives

All the non network mapped drives are found in /mnt/ with their respective driveletters. So if you have a kryoflux dump of a diskette in i.e D:\dumps\GianaSisters, you can navigate to this folder using the "cd" command i.e. Example:

cd /mnt/d/GianaSisters

Let's say all the streamfiles start with "track" i.e. "track00.0.raw" you can now convert the streamfiles to ipf, adf or hfe etc.


disk-analyze track ../GianaSisters.hfe

"../" will save the output file in the parent directory from where you are standing, in this example D:\dumps in your Windows explorer

Another example:

cd /mnt/d/dumps
disk-analyze GianaSisters/track GianaSisters.hfe

Will do the same as the prior example.

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