Installing Arch Linux from VirtualBox

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Introduction

This HOWTO will guide you through the process of installing Archlinux on a raw disk using VirtualBox.

This is useful for example in case you want to work with the computer while installing.

Step 1: Install VirtualBox

See the detailed article VirtualBox for installation instructions. You have to install the PUEL edition.

Step 2: Creating a raw disk .vmdk image

In order to use a raw disk in VirtualBox, you must have write rights for the device. There are two ways to achieve this: either by directly changing the access rights of the device or by adding your user to the disk group. The latter way is preferred. To do this, run:

# gpasswd -a user disk

To apply the new group settings, you have to log out and log in again.

Now you must create a special .vmdk virtual machine disk file, so VirtualBox will save the data to a raw disk instead of the file. Let the file be saved in your user's VirtualBox directory, named raw.vmdk. You'll create it using this command:

$ VBoxManage internalcommands createrawvmdk -filename /home/user/.VirtualBox/VDI/raw.vmdk -rawdisk /dev/sdb -register

Where user is your user name and /dev/sdb is the device you want to install Archlinux on.

For more information on using raw host disks, see the VirtualBox user manual.

Step 3: Download the Archlinux install image

If you have a working Internet connection on your host machine, which you probably do, you should download the FTP ISO image. Otherwise download the core image. To obtain the image, go to: http://archlinux.org/download/

Step 4: Creating a virtual machine

  • Load the raw .vmdk image,
  • load the ISO image,
  • ...

Step 5: Booting the virtual machine

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