Using QEMU or Virtual Box for testing
Please Note: When a USB drive is mapped as a drive in a 'normal' VM (e.g. QEMU, Virtual Box or VMWare), it will be treated as a 'hard disk' and not a Removable USB drive. Also, unless a special utility is used, any sector writes within a USB drive volume by E2B may not work because the USB drive volumes are not accessible to the VM as it/they are locked by Windows. Also, USB disk writes may be cached by the VM (snapshotted) so that any writes under the VM may not actually be permanent and all changes to the USB drive may disappear when the VM boots to an OS or after it is shut down.For this reason, for testing purposes, use the 32-bit QEMU emulator included with RMPrepUSB (just press F11 - tip: try to use 900MB or less for memory or QEMU may not run), or use VBox+DavidB's VMUB utility (highly recommended) - these utilities dismount the USB drive before it runs QEMU or VBox and thus allows the VM to fully access the whole USB drive (a few payloads may not even run correctly unless this is done!).Note: Unlike RMPrepUSB - F11, the QEMU_MENU_TEST (run as admin).cmd batch file is only for testing that your E2B USB drive will boot, checking the menus and for switching to a .imgPTN payload - it may not run some payloads correctly because it does not allow full write access to the volume. Use RMPrepUSB - F11 or VBox+VMUB to test payload booting.
Virtual Box + VMUB (highly recommended - I use this for all my E2B boot testing!) - Setup VBox using these instructions --> How to use DavidB's Virtual Machine USB Boot application.
First make a VM in Oracle VBox with just one SATA virtual hard disk at SATA Port 1 and leave SATA Port 0 free. Then run VMStarter and create a new entry and set your E2B USB drive as the First USB drive. When you click on Start in VMUB, the USB drive will be dismounted and the VM will then gain full read/write access to the USB drive.
Make sure you run VBox and VMUB with Administrator privileges - I suggest you set up shortcuts for each one with the Run as Admin box ticked.
Don't use Plop! - Plop! uses a read-only USB driver stack. Unless you have full write access under the VM, E2B will not work, which is why Plop! is not suitable to use to boot from an E2B USB drive - see FAQ for more details.
Running E2B under VBox+VMUB or QEMU
- The USB drive will appear as Drive 0 even after booting to Windows or linux
- The USB drive will appear as a Fixed disk and not as a Removable device
Windows Vista/7/8/10 Installs under a VM
4. Now run loadiso by typing E:\_ISO\e2b\firadisk\loadiso.cmd - a blue console window should open - if then prompted to Repair Windows, just hit ENTER.
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