virtual box booting from existing XP

Noah noah-list at
Sun Feb 28 16:49:24 UTC 2010

Got some questions about the procedures listed in the booting from 
existing XP partition page.  I am getting an error at Step 2.  clues 

Here is the Page:

Here are the questions:

1) Did anybody get this to work with VirtualBox Version 2.1.4_OSE?
2) I am running in to a problem when I attempt to create the WinXP.vmdk 
- I get the following error:

$ sudo VBoxManage internalcommands createrawvmdk -filename ./WinXP.vmdk 
-rawdisk /dev/sda -partitions 1 -mbr ./myBootRecord.mbr -relative -register
VirtualBox Command Line Management Interface Version 2.1.4_OSE
(C) 2005-2009 Sun Microsystems, Inc.
All rights reserved.

RAW host disk access VMDK file ./WinXP.vmdk created successfully.
[!] FAILED calling aVirtualBox->OpenHardDisk2(filename, 
hardDisk.asOutParam()) at line 1250!
[!] Primary RC  = VBOX_E_IPRT_ERROR (0x80BB0005) - Runtime subsystem error
[!] Full error info present: true , basic error info present: true
[!] Result Code = VBOX_E_IPRT_ERROR (0x80BB0005) - Runtime subsystem error
[!] Text        = Could not get the storage format of the hard disk 
'/root/.VirtualBox/WinXP.vmdk' (VERR_FILE_NOT_FOUND)
[!] Component   = HardDisk2, Interface: IHardDisk2, 
[!] Callee      = IVirtualBox, {339abca2-f47a-4302-87f5-7bc324e6bbde}



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