The question is simple and straightforward

How do you boot into virtualbox using usb?


I have attached usb to VirtualBox as shown in the screenshot.

But it is not possible to boot from an USB drive even when attached (reference) .

Would this be possible with an external device?

Best Answer

Virtualbox itself does not support booting from a usb device To boot from a usb device another bootloader is required The steps below provide one possible way to accomplish this

  1. Download Plop Boot Manager (currently v5.0.15)
  2. Extract the file plpbt.iso from the ZIP archive and save it somewhere.
  3. Open the settings for the virtual machine and attach the ISO file:

    enter image description here

  4. Add a filter for the USB device:

    enter image description here

  5. Boot the VM and select the "USB" option in the menu:

    enter image description here

If everything went well the machine should now boot from the usb device