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I need to resize a partition on an Ubuntu 12.04 virtual machine, so I'm trying to boot up a live USB operating system inside the virtual machine, and then re-size the hard disk partition using GParted. Is it possible to do this in Virtualbox, or is there some workaround for this problem (using a live CD or something similar?)

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You can use ISO image. Just attach it to the VM and boot from it.

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How should I attach the iso image to the VM, in this case? What steps are involved? –  Anderson Green Nov 15 '12 at 0:57
    
I added the iso image to "Controller: IDE" under the "Storage" tab, and it worked as expected. Thanks! –  Anderson Green Nov 15 '12 at 1:38
    
Your welcome. As I know, there is no possibility to attach an image as a USB device in virtual machines. –  pbies Nov 15 '12 at 3:49
    
Also there is possibility to attach ISO to a virtual CD-ROM drive in VM. –  pbies Nov 16 '12 at 1:35

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