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Thread: Fail to boot Guest Windows 7 (64 bit) from Host Ubuntu 13.10

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    Fail to boot Guest Windows 7 (64 bit) from Host Ubuntu 13.10

    Hi, all:

    It seems VirtualBox become harder (not as user-friendly as before). I failed to boot up my Windows 7 Guest from Ubuntu 13.10 Host.
    Environment:
    Host: Ubuntu 13.10 + VirtualBox 4.3.6 r91406 on /dev/sda (2T SATA)
    Guest: Windows 7 (64 bit) + SP1 on /dev/sdb: 256Giga SSD
    However, on /dev/sda, there are multiple partitions as follows:

    jiapei@jiapei-pc:~/.VirtualBox$ sudo fdisk -ls

    Disk /dev/sda: 2000.4 GB, 2000398934016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 243201 cylinders, total 3907029168 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x32934804

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 2048 586717183 293357568 83 Linux
    /dev/sda2 586717184 617967615 15625216 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda3 * 617967616 618172415 102400 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    /dev/sda4 618172416 3907026943 1644427264 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
    /dev/sda5 618174464 2268624895 825225216 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    /dev/sda6 2268628992 3907026943 819198976 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT

    Disk /dev/sdb: 240.1 GB, 240057409536 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 29185 cylinders, total 468862128 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xbada2531

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdb1 * 2048 468858879 234428416 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT

    Disk /dev/mapper/cryptswap1: 16.0 GB, 16000221184 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 1945 cylinders, total 31250432 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x47005c91

    Disk /dev/mapper/cryptswap1 doesn't contain a valid partition table

    I really have no idea why both /dev/sdb1 and /dev/sda3 are bootable? And, on GRUB, it shows:
    Windows is booted from /dev/sda3, which is out of my mind (Sorry, the OS was not installed by myself, and I really don't want to install both systems again. )

    I've already strictly followed the manual here http://www.theunixtips.com/virtualbo...ws-under-linux, for both /dev/sdb1 and /dev/sda3. Neither worked...

    How I wish I can use VirtualBox as easy as before, when I was still able to select something like "boot from hard drive(disk)".

    Please, can anybody give me some hints?

    Thank you very much....


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    Pei
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    Re: Fail to boot Guest Windows 7 (64 bit) from Host Ubuntu 13.10

    I'm guessing this would receive better responses if posted here:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=308

    If you click on "Report Post" in the bottom left hand corner one of the mods will be happy to transfer it

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    Re: Fail to boot Guest Windows 7 (64 bit) from Host Ubuntu 13.10

    Moved to the "Virtualisation" forum.

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