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
VERR_NET_OPERATION_NOT_SUPPORTED

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
VERR_NET_OPERATION_NOT_SUPPORTED

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


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