• Hardware: Laptop with 2x 500GB SSD + 1x 2TB HDD

  • Host: Linux Mint 18.2 Cinnamon 64-bit

  • Virtualization software: VirtualBox 5.1.22 r115126

  • Guest: Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit; dynamically allocated and encrypted VDI

I originally thought it's impossible to de-virtualize a VM. But as it turns out, it is not out of reach. I googled many successful and also unsuccessful attempts.

So the question stands:

How to do V2P (Virtual-to-Physical) conversion in this case?

  1. Decrypt the VM: Uncheck the following box in VM settings:

    Enable encryption

    It will ask you for password after hitting OK.

  2. Convert the dynamic VDI to usable format:

    VBoxManage internalcommands converttoraw /path-to-VDI /path-to-store-RAW
  3. Log into terminal as root, e.g.:

    sudo -i
  4. Overwrite the destination disk with the RAW file:

    pv < /path-to-store-RAW > /dev/sdX


  1. It is only my personal preference to use pv, you can use dd or even cat for the last step.

  2. In my case this process worked 100%, I hope it helps anyone too.

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