How to convert a Parallels Disk Image with qemu-img for forensics analysis with Autopsy

From HDS to RAW


In a previous post i have explained how to convert a VMWare disk image (VMDK) into a RAW format useful for import into a forensics tool like Autopsy.

The same method can be used to convert a disk image created with Parallels (.hds), with this syntax:

qemu-img convert -f parallels original.hds -O raw converted.raw

That’s it! 🙂

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