Is it possible to give a VirtualBox VM read-only access to a physical HDD? I've read up on the createrawvmdk documentation, but it seems that it can only give it full read-write access.

  • Host and guest operating systems?
    – harrymc
    Jun 23, 2018 at 19:22
  • Guest is Windows 7. Host is also Windows 7, or if necessary, any Linux live DVD I can boot.
    – Liz
    Jun 26, 2018 at 17:38

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You can use StarWind VSAN for that purpose. While creating a Device check physical disk and configure ISCSI Read-Only Disk bridge. enter image description here enter image description here

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