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I have dumped a Windows XP partition from another computer's hard drive using dd over the network. Now I have the .img file, but I need further instructions if I can boot into that hard drive using Virtualbox.

I have already converted the partition into a .vdi using

vboxmanage convertdd file.img file.vdi

Note that I have no idea how .vdi files are arranged. I'm guessing this may be related to the fact that I dd'd the partition only and not the MBR?

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If you don't have the MBR the image you created won't be bootable. – Ramhound May 3 '13 at 17:18
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The utility provided by VirtualBox obviously didn't work. I overcame th problem by first creating a new virtual machine, and made a clean Windows XP installation. Then I mounted the newly created drive, erased the contents and copied the content from my .img file. This was the quickest solution I could think of.

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