VBOX VirtualBox How To Import Raw .img Disk File

What you need to do if you have taken a dd or real raw image dump of a hard disk:

VBoxManage convertdd windows2019-eval-template.img windows2019.vdi --format VDI

The .img is the raw dd dump and the .vdi is the output file.

--format VDI specifies to output to .vdi format

If you are in a pinch you can always use qemu-kvm binary and manually specify the .img as your disk and it will just work.


*Even the above didn't work for some reason with VBOX

VBoxManage convertdd windows2019-eval-template.img windows2019.vdi --format VDI
Converting from raw image file="windows2019-eval-template.img" to file="windows2019.vdi"...
Creating dynamic image with size 21474836480 bytes (20480MB)...

*Note if you are mounting the .vdi over SMB or SSHFS you may still get the below error (sometimes it only works well locally)

VD: error

What doesn't work if you have taken a raw image / dd of an LVM or Physical Hard Disk:

I tried the raw image and you get:

Could not get the storage format of the medium (VERR_NOT_SUPPORTED).

Then I converted it to qcow2:

qemu-img convert -f raw -O qcow2 windows2019-eval-template.img windows2019-eval-template.qcow2

But I still got the same error.

So then I tried to convert it to .vdi:

qemu-img convert -f raw -O vdi windows2019-eval-template.img windows2019-eval-template.vdi

VD: error

The original partition of the .img looks like this:


fdisk -l windows2019-eval-template.img

Disk windows2019-eval-template.img: 21.5 GB, 21474836480 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 2610 cylinders, total 41943040 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xb5ad7258

                        Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
windows2019-eval-template.img1   *        2048     1126399      562176    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
windows2019-eval-template.img2         1126400    41940991    20407296    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT


vbox, virtualbox, import, img, disk, filewhat, dd, vboxmanage, convertdd, eval, template, vdi, format, output, specifies, pinch, qemu, kvm, binary, manually, specify, didn, converting, quot, creating, dynamic, bytes, mb, mounting, smb, sshfs, locally, vd, verr_net_operation_not_supported, doesn, lvm, medium, verr_not_supported, converted, qcow, convert, partition, fdisk, gb, sectors, cylinders, sector, optimal, identifier, xb, hpfs, ntfs, exfat,

Latest Articles

  • Virtualbox Error Cannot register the hard disk because a hard disk with UUID already exists solution
  • kernel: [549267.368859] mate-terminal[7871]: segfault at 2000000101 ip 00007f5d0a9548f0 sp 00007fff7012c610 error 4 in libgobject-2.0.so.0.4800.2[7f5d0a920000+52000]
  • apcupsd how to setup and monitor APC UPS units
  • How To Password Reset, Recover, Bypass, Remove and Unlock on Windows 10,8,7,Vista,XP,NT,2000,2003,2008,2012,2016,2019 Administrative Login Programs
  • Nvidia Ubuntu Linux Screentearing Video with solution driver
  • ?? Question Marks for time, permissions and size of a file?
  • mdadm how to stop a check
  • access denied by acl file qemu-kvm: bridge helper failed
  • Linux NIC connecting at 100M instead of 1000M gigabit speeds? It could be overheating
  • "This kernel requires the following features not present on the CPU: cmov Unable to boot - please use a kernel appropriate for your CPU.
  • http://vault.centos.org/5.9/os/i386/repodata/filelists.xml.gz: [Errno -1] Metadata file does not match checksum solution
  • Linux Ubuntu Wifi Disabled Only Works When Laptop Plugged Into Wall AC Power
  • CentOS 6 impossible to compile a newer libguestfs
  • chroot
  • How To Get Started on Ubuntu with gpt-2 OpenAI Text Prediction
  • Remove cloud-init in your VM
  • QEMU-KVM KVM Command Line Practical Guide
  • Linux How To Change NIC Name to eth0 instead of enps33 or enp0s25
  • virt-resize: error: libguestfs error: could not create appliance through libvirt.
  • Asterisk Does Not Retry When Authentication Fails