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Old 28th July 2008, 07:48 PM
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Need to clear things up.

I am installing Fedora 9 currently inside VirtualBox on my Windows XP host. I have one question. A dialog box came up saying this:

The partition table sda was unreadable. To create new partitions it must be initialized, causing the loss of ALL DATA on this drive.

This operation will overide any previous installation choices about which drives to ignore.

Would you like to initialize this drive, erasing ALL DATA?
Is this referring to my C drive? (My Windows XP host's hard drive)

If it is, is there a workaround so that I don't erase the entire hard drive?
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Old 28th July 2008, 08:35 PM
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Typically when creating a new vm in virtualbox, using the new virtual machine wizard, you will eventually be asked what to use as your vm's bootable hard disk. Usually, this is a file, and that is what I suspect this is.

So, when you're installing fedora on the vm, the hd it will be referring to is the one assigned to the vm as the primary hard drive. (Through the new vm wizard, this would be the file you picked/created to be the primary hd.) There could be additional hds, but by the message you provided, it sounds like it is referring to the primary (virtual) hd. The first hd fedora would find is assigned to sda.

An easy way to tell is by looking at the main virtualbox window. If you select your current vm you are using for fedora, it will show the details of the vm on the right-hand side. It shows you what virtual hard drives are being used. If the vm is not running, you can select Hard Disks in that section, and it will popup a window with info relating to what hard drives are assigned to the vm, and where they're located at.

In my currently-installed version of virtualbox (1.5.6), choosing a real hd from the interface (ex. your host's hd) does not appear to be an option.
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Old 28th July 2008, 09:03 PM
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Okay. I'm guessing I can just go ahead and press Yes?

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Host: Windows XP Home Edition
Quest OSs: Linux Ubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04 , Linux Fedora 9 (being installed)
Guest OSs are installed inside VirtualBox 1.6
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Old 28th July 2008, 11:00 PM
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Yep. In this case sda refers to your 8GB Fedora.vdi file, not your physical disk partitions.
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