VirtualBox

Ticket #2935 (new enhancement)

Opened 5 years ago

Last modified 21 months ago

BIOS support for booting from usb devices

Reported by: kernel164 Owned by:
Priority: minor Component: other
Version: VirtualBox 3.1.6 Keywords: boot usb
Cc: Guest type: other
Host type: other

Description (last modified by frank) (diff)

Currently Boot Order has CD/DVD-ROM, Floppy, HDD, Network as options.

It would be nice if boot from USB is also available as an option.

Thanks.

Change History

comment:1 Changed 5 years ago by supernikita

I vote for the feature.

comment:2 Changed 4 years ago by Technologov

Added myself as CC to this wish.

-Technologov

comment:3 follow-up: ↓ 7 Changed 4 years ago by frank

Just a comment: Of course I see the advantage of booting from an USB device. But it will require a lot of additional code in the VirtualBox BIOS which we (at least currently) don't intend to implement.

comment:4 Changed 4 years ago by Technologov

Found a duplicate: #5480

-Technologov

comment:5 Changed 4 years ago by sandervl73

  • Priority changed from major to minor
  • Host type changed from Windows to other
  • Version changed from VirtualBox 2.1.0 to VirtualBox 3.1.6
  • Guest type changed from Windows to other

comment:6 Changed 4 years ago by sandervl73

  • Summary changed from boot from usb to BIOS support for booting from usb devices

comment:7 in reply to: ↑ 3 Changed 2 years ago by rshendershot

Replying to frank:

Just a comment: Of course I see the advantage of booting from an USB device. But it will require a lot of additional code in the VirtualBox BIOS which we (at least currently) don't intend to implement.

I wonder if the situation has changed. Aside from being a nice2have, it's also useful in testing a USB drive itself. I'm trying to boot from something created with unetbootin and I don't want to first test it on my 'real' machine and take risks. If I could verify that it boots in VirtualBox I can sandbox it. Is it still a significant effort?

comment:8 Changed 21 months ago by Mace2442

Another one NEEDING this.

I'm a deployment specialist so i need to be able to test usb boot devices. I also need to test PXE boot so right now there are two blocking Bugs that makes Virtualbox unusable.

I also strongly objects about seeing this as a minor bug. IT's basic functionality that competing products have had for years. It's also a matter of quality that things that just should work doens't (PXE)

comment:9 Changed 21 months ago by frank

  • Description modified (diff)

PXE is supposed to work so if it doesn't for you then please open a ticket containing a detailed error description.

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