Slackware 12 - Moving an installed system from physical IDE disk to virtualized Virtualbox - LILO error L 01 01 01 01

An installation of Slackware 12 was in need of being moved from a physical computer with IDE drive to a virtualized Virtualbox machine with a virtual drive.

I booted into Gparted on the physical machine. 

I made a copy of the partitions before doing the shrinking and moving as Gparted sometimes fail fatally, this copies 30 GB from the start:
dd if=/dev/hdX of=disk-backup.img bs=1024M count=30

Then I shrinked and moved around the partitions.

I and then again I copied the new shrinked and resized version to an image file, which was only about 10-15 GB:
dd if=/dev/hdX of=disk.img bs=1024M count=15

I moved disk.img to the target host machine containing the Virtualbox install I converted the dd image to a vdi disk:
VBoxManage convertdd disk.img disk.vdi --format VDI
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I made up a machine in Virtualbox and attached the disk and tried to boot it, which resulted in the following output:

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Slackware was as user friendly as usual. I figured LILO was angry of the moving, shrinking and disk type changes from IDE to virtual box SATA.

I booted Gparted, and opened a terminal and jumped into a root shell:
sudo bash

Then I checked partitions - my disk.img was on /dev/sda:
cfdisk /dev/sda

It turned out the system was on /dev/sda1 partition. So I mounted it:
mount /dev/sda1 /mnt

I jumped into a chroot:
chroot /mnt /bin/bash
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I edited /etc/lilo.conf, in my case I use jed:

jed /etc/lilo.conf

Of course there was the wrong disk represented there multiple times, lines like this has to be changed to sda instead of hda.

boot = /dev/hda -- change to --> boot = /dev/sda
root = /dev/hda1 -- change to --> root = /dev/sda1

I saved the file and then I ran lilo to update it, which suprisingly worked:

This was not enough, fstab had to be edited too:
jed /etc/fstab

/dev/hda1 reiserfs default 1 1 -- change to --> /dev/sda1 reiserfs default 1 1

Then I tried to boot again. Which made Slackware boot, but it halted:
VFS: Cannot open root device

It turned out that I had the disk attached to an IDE controller and not a SATA controller in Virtualbox. Moving the disk.img from the IDE to SATA fixed this.

This is a personal note. Last updated: 2015-06-12 00:07:44.


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