7.27. VBoxManage convertfromraw

This command converts a raw disk image to an Oracle VM VirtualBox Disk Image (VDI) file. The syntax is as follows:

VBoxManage convertfromraw   <filename> <outputfile>
                            [--format VDI|VMDK|VHD]
                            [--variant Standard,Fixed,Split2G,Stream,ESX]
                            [--uuid <uuid>]
VBoxManage convertfromraw   stdin <outputfile> <bytes>
                            [--format VDI|VMDK|VHD]
                            [--variant Standard,Fixed,Split2G,Stream,ESX]
                            [--uuid <uuid>]

The parameters are as follows:


The size of the image file, in bytes, provided through stdin.


Select the disk image format to create. The default format is VDI. Other options are VMDK and VHD.


Choose a file format variant for the output file. This is a comma-separated list of variant flags. Not all combinations are supported, and specifying inconsistent flags will result in an error message.


Specify the UUID of the output file.

The stdin form of the command forces VBoxManage to read the content of the disk image from standard input. This useful when using the command in a pipe.


For compatibility with earlier versions of Oracle VM VirtualBox, the convertdd command is also supported and mapped internally to the convertfromraw command.