How to boot from USB drive in VirtualBox - Tutorial

Discussion in 'sandboxing & virtualization' started by Mrkvonic, Feb 12, 2024.

  1. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Something nice and slightly risky today: a tutorial explaining how to attach raw devices like bootable external USB drives as storage medium to VirtualBox, including word of caution, how to correctly identify physical hardware, how to create, map, and add raw device files to virtual machines, how to resolve errors around permissions and groups, testing with Rufus-created bootable media, some other tips and tricks, and more. Have fun.

    https://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/virtualbox-raw-disk.html


    Cheers,
    Mrk
     
  2. chrisretusn

    chrisretusn Registered Member

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    I've been doing this using "vboxmanage internalcommands createrawvmdk" so long I did not knew you could do it with "vboxmanage createmedium". I like this method better, since it is documented.
     
  3. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    The old command also works - I think they just cleaned it up a bit.
    Mrk
     
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