Hi Jaclaz

I am aware of three types of rawdisk-descriptors.

The names are given by the parameter "createType"

"fullDevice" used by VMware

"fullDevice' used by VirtualBox

"partitionedDevice" used by VMware

the examples all describe a 4 Gb kingston USB-stick

"fullDevice" used by VMware:

CODE

# Disk DescriptorFile

version=1

encoding="windows-1252"

CID=9e497682

parentCID=ffffffff

createType="fullDevice"

# Extent description

RW 7868416 FLAT "\\.\PhysicalDrive3" 0

# The Disk Data Base

#DDB

ddb.virtualHWVersion = "7"

ddb.uuid = "60 00 C2 91 f9 42 a4 72-10 10 ca bb ac d1 35 28"

ddb.geometry.cylinders = "489"

ddb.geometry.heads = "255"

ddb.geometry.sectors = "63"

ddb.geometry.biosCylinders = "489"

ddb.geometry.biosHeads = "255"

ddb.geometry.biosSectors = "63"

ddb.adapterType = "lsilogic"

"fullDevice' used by VirtualBox:

CODE

# Disk DescriptorFile

version=1

CID=7a174421

parentCID=ffffffff

createType="fullDevice"

# Extent description

RW 7868416 FLAT "\\.\PhysicalDrive3"

# The disk Data Base

#DDB

ddb.virtualHWVersion = "4"

ddb.adapterType="ide"

ddb.geometry.cylinders="7805"

ddb.geometry.heads="16"

ddb.geometry.sectors="63"

ddb.uuid.image="f005cd99-df1b-4c8d-8f75-1f71f37b4d75"

ddb.uuid.parent="00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000"

ddb.uuid.modification="00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000"

ddb.uuid.parentmodification="00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000"

"partitionedDevice" used by VMware:

CODE

# Disk DescriptorFile

version=1

encoding="windows-1252"

CID=bf09c8c4

parentCID=ffffffff

createType="partitionedDevice"

# Extent description

RW 63 FLAT "esx4-1-pt.vmdk" 0

RW 7855785 FLAT "\\.\PhysicalDrive3" 63

RW 12568 ZERO

# The Disk Data Base

#DDB

ddb.virtualHWVersion = "7"

ddb.uuid = "60 00 C2 9d 71 10 ee 3e-79 74 69 77 b1 97 70 df"

ddb.geometry.cylinders = "489"

ddb.geometry.heads = "255"

ddb.geometry.sectors = "63"

ddb.geometry.biosCylinders = "489"

ddb.geometry.biosHeads = "255"

ddb.geometry.biosSectors = "63"

ddb.adapterType = "lsilogic"

this type stores a copy of the first 63 sectors in an additional file named *-pt.vmdk"

In the case of the VMware - descriptors ... they can be easily redefined as IDE-disks.

Don't know if this works with virtualbox ? - never tested it.

The uuid-values can be skipped - they are not essential.

Expect problems when using rawdisks larger 950 Gb