I made an Ubuntu 13.04 64-bit bootable USB device using Startup Disk Creator. However, it did not give me a message that the device is bootable and I could test it, which it usually gives if the disk was successfully created as a bootable device.

Is there anyway, including using virtualization softwares, that I could test this bootable device without having to reboot my machine(I am too lazy to do that :-P)?


VMware and VirtualBox don't directly support booting a Virtual machine from a Physical USB Drive. Only Qemu supports booting from a Physical USB Drive.

VirtualBox (with the use of vboxmanage.exe tool)can Boot your USB Drive. See here

QEMU is a generic and open source machine emulator and virtualizer.

If you want to to that under Windows then use MobaLiveCD

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  • It requires the vboxmanage.exe tool to create a .vmdk file. Isn't there a linux package for this? – jobin Sep 19 '13 at 19:07
  • As far as I know NO. – Mitch Sep 19 '13 at 19:11

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