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How to convert RAW image to VDI and otherwise
Время создания: 19.10.2018 07:39
Текстовые метки: virtualbox vmware raw vdi vmdk image
Раздел: Virtual

VirtualBox command-line interface (VBoxManage) provides an easy way to convert raw disk image to the VDI/VMDK format and otherwise.


Let's assume that we have raw image of the sdb device:


$ sudo dd if=/dev/sdb of=./sdb.raw


To use it with VirtualBox we need to convert it to the VDI format:


$ VBoxManage convertdd sdb.raw sdb.vdi --format VDI


To use it with VMware we need to convert it to the VMDK format:


$ VBoxManage convertdd sdb.raw sdb.vmdk --format VMDK


Convert between VDI/VMDK formats:


$ VBoxManage clonehd sdb.vdi sdb.vmdk --format VMDK


$ VBoxManage clonehd sdb.vmdk sdb.vdi --format VDI


Convert to the RAW image:


$ VBoxManage clonehd sdb.vdi sdb.raw --format RAW


Alternative solution to get back raw image after applying modifications is to use qemu-img command from qemu package:


$ qemu-img convert -f vmdk sdb.vmdk -O raw sdb.raw


Now we can write image to the device:


$ sudo dd if=./sdb.raw of=/dev/sdb

 
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