Is it a good idea to use qcow2 format to have a backup image for whole disk with partition table?
I'm not sure that an image with partition table will be able to mount normally and in the same time it will be impossible to run the image in virtual machine because of mess with fstab/mtab / virtual hdd's UUID-s.
I need to clean up some HDD but I will need some of it's content later.
I am openning a .qcow2 file using the command kvm -hda cloudera-quickstart-vm-4.4.0-1-kvm.qcow2 -net nic -net user -m 512 in Ubuntu 13.04 terminal but it's super slow and basically I have hard time having control over the cursor in the virtual machine. Is there any better variant I can use for openning this .qcow2 file rather than qemu tools like kvm?
I have come to figure out that qemu-img will only create sparse qcow2 images. I even tried creating a raw file then converting but as soon as I convert it also converts to a sparse file. I don't get why during the original install using virt-install doesn't do this.
I am trying to add a disk image to a windows 2008 server guest.