I understand this process is quite simple, so I'm stumped on how I'm stumped.
1. dd if=/dev/<hd_on_laptop> of=laptop.img
2. VBoxManage convertdd laptop.img laptop.vdi
3. use virtualbox to load the image.
At step 3 I get a "deadbox" just a blank screen, I've been scouring google and just about every combination of search criteria that would uncover a step I'm missing, so I am turning to the community for help.