I was following Keiki's instructions and got stuck on the Debian image. Although I installed it successfully; I just can't see it on my hard drive (using Windows). I can check it with qemu-img but it is simply not there.

H:\Program Files\qemu>qemu-img info C:/debian.img
image: C:/debian.img
file format: qcow2
virtual size: 1.5G (1572864000 bytes)
disk size: 639M
cluster_size: 65536
Format specific information:
    compat: 1.1
    lazy refcounts: false
    refcount bits: 16
    corrupt: false


 Volume in Laufwerk C: hat keine Bezeichnung.
 Volumeseriennummer: B4B0-B3B5

 Verzeichnis von C:\
29.07.2015  11:50       330.301.440 debian-8.1.0-i386-netinst.iso
21.07.2015  21:58                 0 f7d61fe20641c15cfe08fe5db177e675
31.07.2015  16:18    <DIR>          Games
21.07.2015  03:36    <DIR>          Intel
10.07.2015  13:04    <DIR>          PerfLogs
27.07.2015  21:02    <DIR>          Program Files
26.07.2015  17:05    <DIR>          Program Files (x86)
21.07.2015  03:51    <DIR>          Users
05.08.2015  10:39    <DIR>          Windows^


Not even:

C:\>dir /A:H /B
Documents and Settings
Dokumente und Einstellungen
System Volume Information

is able to reveal it while it definetely takes up disk space as i can resize it using qemu-img

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The image is probably at H:\Program Files\qemu\C:/debian.img (windows path), if anywhere. I think you have mixed up the /s and \s - probably in this step:

  1. Create image using qemu-img.exe create -f qcow2 G:\debian.img 1500M(smaller size should be suffient too).

Make sure you use \s in the path not /s - Windows paths use \, and are usually relative to the disk they are on - e.g:

On windows systems

Path to folder on root (C) filesystem

C:\Program Files\

Path to file on a mounted volume


Linux systems use /

On Unix/Linux systems (like Raspbian)

Path to folder on root (C) filesystem


Path to file on a mounted volume


Other things:

  • ./ current directory (linux) (proably %CD% on Windows)

  • file:///run/media/WORKUSB/work/stuff.odt

  • Already thought of that as well but nothing's in there either.
    – mystery
    Commented Aug 8, 2015 at 19:41
  • If you still have a cmd prompt in the window with qemu info, try using the windows copy command to copy the file to where you can see it (perhaps copy /v C:/debian.img C:\debian.img). The file may also be hidden
    – Wilf
    Commented Aug 8, 2015 at 19:51
  • The file cannot be found in both direcotires (C:\ and qemu in \program files)
    – mystery
    Commented Aug 8, 2015 at 22:37

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