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I have Ubuntu installed in a partition of a USB and I would like to know if it could be run from within a VM so I dont have to constantly restart my computer to swap between Ubuntu and Windows.

I've tried to follow the instructions in this post but I there is no bootable drive found when I try to select my USB

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  • I know from direct experience that Plop Boot Manager can boot a VMware Workstation or Player virtual machine from a device connected to a USB 2.0 port. Doesn't work if the device is connected to a USB 3.0 port. No idea about other hypervisors. On the other hand, if a virtual machine is all you need that why not actually install Ubuntu on it? Bootable flash drives are for physical computers.
    – AlexP
    Nov 17 '19 at 13:31
  • @AlexP think my laptop only has USB 3.0 ports
    – hcphoon
    Nov 17 '19 at 13:33
  • Doesn't matter if the port is blue, the connection must be USB 2.0. So, for example, you can get a dirt cheap USB 2.0 stick. (USB 3.0 stick in a black port - works. USB 2.0 stick in a blue port - works. USB 3.0 stick in a blue port - doesn't work.) But again, it's a VM -- why not install Ubuntu on it?
    – AlexP
    Nov 17 '19 at 13:34
  • Ah that would be the issue, my USB is 3.0. What are you meaning by installing Ubuntu on it? I installed ubuntu directly onto the USB
    – hcphoon
    Nov 17 '19 at 13:35
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    Install Ubuntu on the virtual disk of the VM. Download ISO image, boot VM from ISO image. You want a 25 or 30 GB virtual disk.
    – AlexP
    Nov 17 '19 at 13:38

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