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VirtualBox Physical Drive

Filed under: General,Router/PC Config — taing @ 11:38 pm

VBoxManage internalcommands createrawvmdk -filename -rawdisk /dev/sda -register

Can use the option below to restrict the access to specific partitions
-partitions #

Use the option below to install an alternate boot record for the vmdk
-mbr ./myBootRecord.mbr

There are several methods of creating the mbr file. One is
apt-get install
install-mbr --force myBootRecord.mbr

Do NOT boot the same partion in the VirtualBox as you are currently running.

You must be a member of the “disk” group for creation and access to the vmdk file.

– VirtualBox’s intsructions on converting a WinXP install to a virtual machine.

http://mesbalivernes.blogspot.com/2008/01/virtual-box-booting-from-existing.html – Blog entry describing Boot a physical WinXP install inside a VBox.

http://go2.wordpress.com/?id=725X1342&site=blarts.wordpress.com&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.virtualbox.org%2Fattachment%2Fwiki%2FMigrate_Windows%2FMergeIDE.zip – MergeIDE is require to prevent WinXP from halting on boot from hardware differences.

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