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Ventoy vDisk Boot —— A Simple Linux vDisk(VHD/VDI/RAW) boot solution

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#1 ventoy



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Posted 04 February 2021 - 10:21 AM


To boot vdisk file (vhd/vdi/raw ...with a Linux distro in it) on a real machine.
  1. It's very simple to create such a vdisk file (just normal install and run a script).
  2. The Linux OS runs on a physical machine, not in a virtual machine, so there is no loss in efficiency.
  3. One vhd/vdi file can be booted in both Legacy BIOS mode and UEFI mode.
  4. The Linux OS does not need a disk or partition, just in a file. For example, Windows is your main OS, and you put some Ubuntu/Debian/Arch... VHD files in D:\  You can boot any of them as you want. If you don't need it anymore, just delete it as a normal file.
  5. You can put vdisk file at USB/HDD and boot from Ventoy
  6. You can also boot vdisk file with your current bootloader (e.g. grub4dos/grub2/rEFInd).
CentOS7/8/Deepin/Fedora/Ubuntu/Linux Mint/MX Linux/Kali/Manjaro/Archman/Mageia/openSUSE ... supported.
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#2 alacran


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Posted 05 February 2021 - 03:12 AM

Also linux-lite-5.0-64bit.iso (1.3 GB) can be booted from a VHD.

From: http://reboot.pro/in...e=7#entry217730




Hi, I'm writing this from my Linux-Lite.vhd.vtoy, made from linux-lite-5.0-64bit.iso (1.3 GB), it fits on a 10 GB VHD and still has 2.3 GB free.  As another derivative of Ubuntu like Linux-Mint, it is also able to be loaded by grub4dos (as MBR) and by Ventoy or a1ive's grub2 (as MBR or UEFI), by means of vtoyboot-1.0.8 + vdiskchain 1.2, just booted it now as MBR, haven't tested to boot as UEFI yet, but it was installed and booting fine as UEFI on VirtualBox.


I could not say we can compare this size with the size of my Mini-10x64.vhd (2.3 GB), but at least it is easier to handle than my Linux-Mint.vhd.vtoy (20 GB).


If compressed with 7-zip (Max.) for easy transport it, the final size is about 1.63 GB. Of course to boot it is required to decompress it on the final location.



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