VirtualBox

Ticket #5611 (closed enhancement: fixed)

Opened 4 years ago

Last modified 11 months ago

Support for direct use of RAW Images.

Reported by: telefrancisco Owned by:
Priority: minor Component: virtual disk
Version: VirtualBox 3.1.0 Keywords:
Cc: Guest type: other
Host type: Linux

Description (last modified by aeichner) (diff)

Appart from allowing the use of VDI, VMDK and Virtual PC images, why don't give direct support for the use of RAW images (like qemu haves)?

I know I can convert RAW images to VDI, but for people like me who want to mount the disk image on their host, is far easier to do with a RAW image that with another format.

Thanks.

Change History

comment:1 Changed 4 years ago by klaus

  • Priority changed from major to minor

If you want such a solution, you could go for fixed size VMDK files. They have the raw image data in a separate file, while still having a way to store vital information (like the hard disk geometry).

This is not the normal use case - mounting disks is pretty tricky.

comment:2 Changed 4 years ago by aeichner

  • Type changed from defect to enhancement

comment:3 Changed 11 months ago by aeichner

  • Status changed from new to closed
  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Description modified (diff)

You can use the command to create a raw VMDK file and pass the raw image instead of a real physical disk to make it work without converting the image. Closing.

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