VirtualBox and USB HDD

Discussion in 'Virtualization' started by endlesslyonline, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. endlesslyonline

    endlesslyonline MDL Junior Member

    Jul 20, 2011
    I have bought myself a 1TB USB HDD, and i would like to load Grub4Dos on it, and make it bootable, that step is fine, thing is, i dont want to restart my PC everytime i want to test if something is working.

    Seems virtualbox does not support booting from a USB HDD.

    any1 know of a similiar program that allows USB HDD booting?

    PS. I cant run VirtualPC, coz my CPU does not have virtualization
  2. DavidB

    DavidB MDL Novice

    Jun 27, 2013
    Sorry for the bump...

    There is a tool who does that automatically. It's called "Virtual machine starter". Works with Qemu and VirtualBox. More: it's able to automatically dismount the volumes from the USB drive before the VM starts and to remount them back after it's closed. This way it can prevent any data loss on the USB drive (from been accessed simultaneously by 2 computers) and you can see any modification made inside the VM (to the USB drive) into the real computer right after the VM is closed.

    You can download the latest version and see how it is/was developed at reboot pro → Boot methods & tools → Boot from USB / Boot anywhere → Booting VirtualBox with USB workaround (last page of the thread).

    Hope that helps...

    Regards, DavidB