Arsenal Image Mounter mounts the contents of disk images as complete disks in Microsoft Windows®. Arsenal Image Mounter includes a virtual SCSI adapter (via a unique Storport miniport driver) which allows users to benefit from disk-specific features in Windows like integration with Disk Manager, access to Volume Shadow Copies, and more. As far as Windows is concerned, the contents of disk images mounted by Arsenal Image Mounter are “real” SCSI disks.
Arsenal began developing disk image mounting technology after finding existing solutions lacking during the development of Registry Recon. The first version of Arsenal Image Mounter was geared towards developers and formally launched in early 2014. Over time it became clear that end-users, both in the digital forensics and larger information technology communities, had a tremendous interest in Arsenal Image Mounter. In mid-2015 Arsenal refocused Arsenal Image Mounter on end-users, with an emphasis on an easy-to-use and attractive graphical user interface.
- Mounts raw, forensic, and virtual machine disk images
- Temporary write support
- “Fake” disk signatures
- Removable disk emulation
Supported Operating Systems
- Windows 10
- Windows 8 (and 8.1)
- Windows 7
- Windows Vista
- Windows Server 2012 (and R2)
- Windows Server 2011
- Windows Server 2010
- Windows Server 2008 (and R2)
- Windows Server 2003 (with KB932755)
Supported File Systems
- Any filesystem with a driver installed is supported
- NTFS, FAT32, ReFS, exFAT, HFS+, UFS, and EXT3 have all been tested
Supported Image Formats
- Raw (dd)
- EnCase (E01 and Ex01 if libewf is available)
- Virtual Machine Disk Files (VHD, VDI, XVA, VMDK… if discutils is available)
Why is Arsenal Image Mounter different than other disk image mounting solutions?
Many disk image mounting solutions mount the contents of images in Windows as shares or partitions (rather than complete disks), which limits their usefulness. Arsenal Image Mounter is the first and only open source solution for mounting the contents of disk images as complete disks in Windows. We have also developed functionality (see “Interesting Functionality” above) that is particularly useful to the digital forensics and incident response community.
Why are some files and folders inaccessible to me after mounting a disk image with Arsenal Image Mounter?
Arsenal Image Mounter passes the contents of disk images to Windows as if they were complete disks. Once Arsenal Image Mounter has passed the contents of disk images to Windows, the file system drivers you currently have installed take over. Arsenal Image Mounter does not do anything magic after passing the contents of disk images off to Windows. If you want to access protected files and folders after mounting the contents of disk images with Arsenal Image Mounter, you will need to use other tools designed to do so.
Is there a command line interface (CLI) version of Arsenal Image Mounter?
Yes – Arsenal Image Mounter CLI is a .NET 4.0 tool that provides most of Arsenal Image Mounter’s functionality. The command “AIM_CLI /?” displays basic syntax for using Arsenal Image Mounter CLI. We have also released Arsenal Image Mounter Low Level which does not use .NET and provides more “low level” access to the Arsenal Image Mounter driver. The command “AIM_LL /?” displays basic syntax for using Arsenal Image Mounter Low Level.
How can I or my organization contribute to Arsenal Image Mounter?
If Arsenal Image Mounter has become a valuable part of your toolkit, please tell us about how you use it and any suggestions you may have. If your organization uses Arsenal Image Mounter in commercial ventures (consulting, training, etc.) we would greatly appreciate financial support which helps us offset the cost of development. If you or your organization have used Arsenal Image Mounter source code and/or APIs, please make sure you are complying with our licensing requirements.
How can I resolve an error when mounting EnCase images?
Arsenal Image Mounter is distributed with x64 libewf DLLs that allow the vast majority of our users to mount EnCase images. If you need x86 or experimental (with EnCase Ex01 support) libewf DLLs, you can get them from our GitHub page here
Is there an Application Programming Interface (API)?
Yes – Arsenal Image Mounter provides both .NET and non-.NET APIs. You can find these APIs on our GitHub page here
What programming languages have been used to build Arsenal Image Mounter?
Arsenal Image Mounter’s Storport miniport driver is written in C and its user mode API library is written in VB.NET, which facilitates easy integration with .NET 4.0 applications.