Nov 26, 2014

Using a Physical Hard Drive with a VirtualBox VM

I've found a fancy way to boot into an existing instaltation of an operating system on your hard drive using VirtualBox

In a nutshell - you should create a VDMK file which basically directly mounts a physical drive on a virtual machine. This feature is only available in command line by running the following code:

VBoxManage internalcommands createrawvmdk -filename "link_to_sda.vmdk" -rawdisk /dev/sda

where /dev/sda stands for the device to which it should be linked.

You can then use newly created file link_to_sda.vmdk as virtual hard drive in VirtualBox.

It even makes it possible to boot into the same system you are running VirtualBox in. Crazy, right?

Source (more detailed instructions for Windows and Mac users):

More detailed tutorial for Ubuntu users:

Here is another good resource!