Windows 10: Stumped - need to add 2nd HDD to a XP VirtualBox VM

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  1. Ztruker Win User

    Stumped - need to add 2nd HDD to a XP VirtualBox VM


    I need to create a XP VM to run some old cash register program. I have a Macrium backup of the XP hdd which is about 30GB. I've tried multipls ways to make this mrimg file available to the VM so I can run macrium to restore to new hardware but I can't get Virtualbox to make it work. My last attempt was to use a 250GB HDD attached as a 2nd internal HDD. First I created a VDMK file using Code: VBoxManage internalcommands createrawvmdk -filename "c:\Users\Owner\Virtualbox VMs\XP System\Drive2.vmdk" -rawdisk \\.\PhysicalDrive1 I then created the XP VM under Oracle VB and tried to create a 2nd HDD on the AHCI drive controller but it always gets VERR_ACCESS_DENIED. I get this even if I take ownership of the file. Looking further in the error message I see Code: Permission problems accessing the file for the medium c:\Users\Owner\Virtualbox VMs\XP System\Drive2.vmdk VBOX_E_OBJECT_NOT_FOUND (0X80BB0001). I've also tried using a 32GB flash drive but I couldn't get the XP VM to see it. Any suggestions welcome. Note I can't use HyperV as it doesn't handle XP.

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    Ztruker, Aug 10, 2021
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  2. Ztruker Win User

    Stumped - need to add 2nd HDD to a XP VirtualBox VM

    I need to create a XP VM to run some old cash register program. I have a Macrium backup of the XP hdd which is about 30GB. I've tried multipls ways to make this mrimg file available to the VM so I can run macrium to restore to new hardware but I can't get Virtualbox to make it work.

    My last attempt was to use a 250GB HDD attached as a 2nd internal HDD.
    First I created a VDMK file using

    Code:
    I then created the XP VM under Oracle VB and tried to create a 2nd HDD on the AHCI drive controller but it always gets VERR_ACCESS_DENIED. I get this even if I take ownership of the file. Looking further in the error message I see

    Code:
    I've also tried using a 32GB flash drive but I couldn't get the XP VM to see it.

    Any suggestions welcome.

    Note I can't use HyperV as it doesn't handle XP.
     
    Ztruker, Aug 10, 2021
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  3. Bree Win User
    Stumped - need to add 2nd HDD to a XP VirtualBox VM

    Not sure why you say that. I have created XP VMs in Hyper-V twice now, once by booting the VM from an ISO of the XP install disk, the second by restoring a Macrium Reflect image of a dead XP machine's HDD to an empty Hyper-V VM.

    For the second one, I had installed software on an old XP laptop that I wanted to keep but the only part of the laptop that was still working was its (IDE) hard drive. I put the HDD in an expansion adapter and took a Macrium Reflect image of it, then booted a Hyper-V VM from a Macrium recovery ISO. In order that Macrium could find and restore the image I created a vhd disk, mounted it, then copied the .mrimg file to it. I then attached it as a second drive for the VM.

    My purpose was to upgrade it from XP to Windows 10 keeping files and apps, which you can do, but in stages. First XP > Vista, then Vista to W7, and finally W7 to W10.
     
  4. Hopachi Win User

    Stumped - need to add 2nd HDD to a XP VirtualBox VM

    Stumped - need to add 2nd HDD to a XP VirtualBox VM

    I've had similar issues in the past.
    It might sound like a bold move but it does the trick: make an ISO image containing the Macrium Reflect image.

    Place the .mrimg in a folder, add the folder to Folder2Iso to create an ISO of it.
    Then simple use that large ISO in the VM.
    You will need a second virtual DVD drive for the second iso (backup image) asuming the first one boots Macrium Reflect cd/iso.

    Note:
    This works on all hypervisor platforms, since it's using iso disk image. This is available during boot.

    But on VirtualBox: why not use a share folder and place the .mrimg there... assuming you have the guest additions up and running in XP guest. Your second HDD can act as a shared folder, be it temporary for the needed image.
    EDIT => my bad, in order to restore it entirely, we boot from Macrium so there are no additions for shared folder requirements.

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    Yes it does.

    I've used XP a couple of times in Hyper-V, on Win10.
    You can even install some additions / integrated services (applies to XP SP3) using the older integration iso from 2008 or 2012... but XP is pretty functional as is.
     
    Hopachi, Aug 10, 2021
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