I downloaded a disk image used for a wargame hosted by stripe, but I cant figure out how to create a virtual machine from this image. I'm using virtualbox, but I could use another tool if it would be easier


Found the solution, VirtualBox has a tool to create the .vdi from .img:

VBoxManage convertfromraw image.img virtual_disk.vdi


Burn the image to a dvd or mount the img, and then boot from it.

You can now install it into a VirtualBox VM. Follow the steps in the link below.

The Beginner’s Guide to Creating Virtual Machines with VirtualBox

Make sure "Mount CD/DVD Drive" is checked. If you're going to install your virtual system from a boot CD or DVD, put it in your computer's drive, then select "Host CD/DVD Drive." If you're using a downloaded or custom-made ISO file, select "ISO Image file," hit the folder icon to the right of the drop-down box, and then hit the "Add" button and browse for the ISO you're using. Once you've added an ISO file to this menu, you can mount it in any virtual machine you're running at any time


Ive used IMGtoISO and have been pleased with it. Its free and easy to use. Plus the ISO format is more compatible with more applications.

  • I don't it is an img verses iso issue, I think the image I have is of a full system and not an install disk. – everett1992 Aug 30 '12 at 16:43

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