USB Virtual Machine Emulation Category

How to Boot From a USB Flash Drive in VirtualBox

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How to boot from a USB Flash Drive in VirtualBox. This process will allow you to run your Portable Linux from the USB Flash Drive or external hard drive while still running from a Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X Host. By default VirtualBox does not support USB Boot. However, this is easily attainable by mapping a virtual machine (.vmdk file) to the USB Drive.

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Convert a Virtual Machine into a Bootable USB

Write a VHD IMG to USB

How to Convert a Virtual Machine VHD VDI into a Bootable USB. The following covers the process of turning VirtualBox "VHD" (Virtual Hard Disk) Images or "VDI" (Virtual Disk) Images into Bootable Physical Disks. Aka: "Copy VHD to Disk". This is extremely useful for situations when you would like to clone your VirtualBox Machine onto a real device and run them as real systems.

Those once virtual machines containing full operating systems can then be booted and run natively from an external USB drive. Resulting in fully installed Linux or Windows systems booted from an external USB device, instead of VirtualBox.
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Using a Portable VirtualBox to run Linux from USB

Portable VirtualBox - Running Linux on Windows from USB

Portable VirtualBox was an unofficial Portable Wrapper for Virtual Box, created by Micha. An improved version is also offered by Tibo, the author of the LiLi USB Creator. VirtualBox is officially a product of Oracle. It is an emulator or virtual machine. Often you'll find it used to run various Operating Systems via Disk Images, ISO files and CD or DVDs as a guest OS from within another Host Operating Environment. By using Micha/Tibo's portable wrapper, Virtual Box can be stored and run entirely from a USB device.

Note: You can also use Tibo's Portable VirtualBox to launch a YUMI MultiBoot Flash drive from within Windows.

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Run Damn Small Linux in Windows

The following tutorial explains how we were able to Run Damn Small Linux in Windows using Qemu Emulation technology. Damn Small Linux (DSL) is a tiny Linux Operating System created by John Andrews that is based on a Knoppix 2.4 Kernel. The advantage of DSL is that it runs well on older and slower computers and will fit on even a 64MB USB Flash Drive or other portable device.

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Run an ISO from Windows using Virtualbox

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Run any ISO from Windows without rebooting. The following tutorial explains how to use Virtualbox to run Linux or any other bootable ISO from a portable USB flash device or elsewhere while still working within a running Windows. This process enables users to have both operating systems up and running at the same time eliminating the need to restart the PC and set your BIOS or UEFI options to boot Linux from USB.

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CoLinux Portable Ubuntu for Windows

Portable Ubuntu Remix for Windows (Pubuntu) is a project headed by Claudio Cacsar Sa¡nchez Tejeda that uses CoLinux (Cooperative Linux) to enable a user to run Ubuntu on top of Windows. CoLinux, a port of the Linux Kernel, is an open source virtual machine that works much like Qemu (some claim it is faster). Ubuntu is a fork of Debian, and a product of Canonical Ltd. In the following tutorial, we will show you how to install and run CoLinux Portable Ubuntu from a USB flash drive or other portable device, all while you're still up and running in Windows.

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