Install Linux and move Win10 to vm

I did a brief check through existing topics and haven’t been able to find an answer. Is there a feasible way to install Linux (Manjaro) on a new SSD on my home computer, then convert my existing Win10 instance on another SSD to VirtualBox?


  1. Install linux on a separate disk and boot from it

  2. Install virtualbox

  3. Create a pointer to that disk
    VBoxManage internalcommands createrawvmdk -filename /path/to/file.vmdk -rawdisk /dev/sda

  4. It’s beer o’clock


Not sure if this counts but it’s definately another option if you have a VMWare license…
You can use the “virtualize this machine” on another drive and then install linux / vmware and load your old system virtually that way .

Black friday is next month, VMWare is usually around 40% off for their newest license around that time.


Thanks, I’l keep an eye out for it!

I’ll be trying this when I get a chance this weekend, thank you very much.

This should also be free and would help: if you want to see what your machine is like in a VM

VirtualBox is pretty garbage compared to KVM + virsh tho. Plus all the Spice server features make QOL way better. The only thing I miss about VirtualBox is seamless mode. Other than that KVM + virsh all the way.