[vbox-dev] Using a real hard drive in the WIndows version of Virtual Box

JD jd1008 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 20 10:48:46 PST 2008

Hi Jason,

My error! I was searching within the document UserManual.pdf
for an instance of the command "VBoxManage" in windows context.
I was growing rather impatient when I submitted the question.
Sorry for the spam.



Jason Spiro wrote:
> 2008/2/19, JD <jd1008 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi Frank, and Dmitry,
>>  In the "unix: world, the VBOX document provides a command line
>>  to create a physical drive vmdk file. That command is:
>>  VBoxManage internalcommands createrawvmdk -filename /path/to/file.vmdk
>>   -rawdisk /dev/sda -register
>>  However, on the Windows version, there is no corresponding command
>>  described in the document, and the GUI does not provide a method
>>  for creating a physical drive vmdk.
> Hi JD,
> Which document did you look at?  The user manual says "On a Windows
> host, instead of the above device specification, use e.g.
> \\.\PhysicalDrive0".  Is there another document which is missing that
> hint?
> Although the help file could describe better how to do it on Windows.
> For example, it could give a full example command including the
> default path to where VBoxManage.exe is located.  It could also
> mention WinObj which is a tool helpful for figuring out if an external
> disk like a USB hard drive might be considered PhysicalDrive0,
> PhysicalDrive1, or something else.
>>  Could you please announce  to the whole list how to do this?
> http://www.virtualbox.org/mailman/listinfo/vbox-users would probably
> be a better list for that question.
> Cheers,
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