Boot Clonezilla img in Virtualbox

I created a clonezilla img of my entire win10 hard drive then I reinstalled Win10. The problem is that's there's a old POP3 email account on the img that I want to boot in Virtualbox in order to retrieve those emails.

The clonezilla img is in my downloads directory.

A simple search for "clonezilla virtualbox" returned in the first three links a tutorial and a video tutorial.

What is the help request for exactly?
Once you boot that windows, you will have access at your e-mail client.

I want to load the img that clonezilla created in virtualbox and access my e-mail client and all of the old emails.

Virtualbox doesn't give me an option to mount an external hard drive as shown in the video.

I didn't say is the best video, and i usually disregard them. Prefer to read the documentation.

VirtualBox does allow to connect a USB device from host to guest, make sure you have it set properly, and then you enable it from the USB menu of the VM.
VirtualBox is able to boot an ISO if is bootable, so i guess you could directly boot the WinCloneISO you created, once you attach it to the virtual CD/DVD
Clonezila can restore a created backup ISO, so you can boot into clonezila and restore your WinCloneISO then boot from it.

I managed to restore the image to another hard drive and used that to retrieve the info. Thanks for the help.

Glad you solved


AFAIK Virtualbox don't support raw images, while qemu can

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So I could have just loaded the image that clonezilla created into qemu?

@Lolix is correct and my statement was wrong about

because that is a raw image, so you could used qemu, yes, but not virtualbox .

I think you are on the wrong track here - or maybe I am completely ignorant - then it is due to lack of knowledge.

An image made with clonezilla cannot be used to boot a system.

The image can be restored using a clonezilla live ISO but you cannot boot the image itself.

If you have the necessary diskspace - it may be possible to use the image and restore as virtual machine. Doing so would require you have the necessary disk space and allocate a virtual disk the same size as the source of the image.

Then either try to start the virtual machine or use a second VM to mount the resulting vdi as an extra storage device.

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Restoring the clonezilla image to a VM was what I was trying to do.

As clonezilla is available with the live ISO environment of Manjaro - I would use a low memory ISO (lxqt, lxde or openbox)

  • Create a VM (Arch - 2G RAM - 10G VDI - VMSVGA - 3D)
  • Don't boot it
  • In the VM settings add an extra VCPU
  • On the storage tab
    • click add harddisk
    • click create
    • point to a storage location with enough space to hold the restored image
    • set the size equal to or bigger than the original imaged device
    • keep the other defaults and click create
    • then attach the disk
  • On the shared folders tab
    • click +
    • on the folder path - select other - then your Download folder
    • :information_source: a symbolic linked folder won't work

With the settings done you are ready to roll

  • In the VBox Manager
    • cheat VBox into resizing guest display
    • select the VM
    • in the Display section click on VMSVGA and select VBoxSVGA
  • Start the VM using the ISO
    • resize the window to a pleasant size :grin:

To access your host's shared folder - setup the guest

$ sudo pacman-mirrors -aU https://manjaro.moson.eu
$ sudo pacman -Syy
$ sudo pacman -S virtualbox-guest-utils
$ sudo  systemctl start vboxservice
$ sudo gpasswd -a manjaro vboxsf

Logoff and login (user:manjaro - pass:manjaro)

$ sudo VBoxControl sharedfolders list --automount

Your shared folder is now availabe in /media with the prefix sf_

$ sudo clonezilla

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