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Thread: Run Ubuntu from a USB in a VM

  1. #1
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    Nov 2019

    Run Ubuntu from a USB in a VM

    I have Ubuntu installed in a partition of a USB and I would like to know if it could be run from within a VM so I dont have to constantly restart my computer to swap between Ubuntu and Windows.

    I've tried to follow the instructions in this post but I there is no bootable drive found when I try to select my USB.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2009

    Re: Run Ubuntu from a USB in a VM

    If you have enough ram, it is doable. It might be easier to have a downloaded Ubuntu ISO on your computer and install ubuntu to VM from that. Think most VMs would need extra packages to read/boot from USB(not sure). Should have over 4GBs of ram for it to work well.
    Last edited by crip720; November 17th, 2019 at 02:20 PM.

  3. #3
    Join Date
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    Xubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa

    Re: Run Ubuntu from a USB in a VM

    You can certainly do this and many users do so, either your way or in the completely opposite direction, ie using Windows as the guest OS in a Linux/Ubuntu host.

    There are many ways to run VMs but probably the easiest is VirtualBox, which I use.
    Download the most recent version 6.0.14 from Oracle and install it, then also download the Extension Pack from the same webpage and install it by double clicking in the file manager.

    Now download if necessary the iso image of the *ubuntu you want (you may find one of the alternative DE versions better as a VM than default Ubuntu) which you can now use when creating a new VM.

    This is not the place to try and give you all details of using VBox, but there is a huge amount of info at which you can search.

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