how do i install Oracle VM VirtualBox in Ubuntu 12.10

Asked by Marvin Parker

OK here's the Problem, I have a Western Digital MY Book Essential External Hard Drive that was previously install on Windows Vista
then I switched to Ubuntu but when i did i forgot to unlock the external drive now i can't mount it in Ubuntu until i figure out a way to unlock the drive. The only way i could come up with is to install the oracle vm virtualbox software, install the windows vista os to it and use it to unlock my drive, i've tried wine but it wouldn't work with my hard drive, i know longer need windows so this will only be temporary prosess. now with the problem i'm a noob at Ubuntu so i don't know how to install virtualbox or if there might be a better way of going about this, any help?

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N1ck 7h0m4d4k15 (nicktux) said :

Hi ,

first try with Wine. Wine is a Windows emulator for Ubuntu. You can run .exe programs to Ubuntu via Wine.

Install it from Ubuntu Software Center and see further informations here

How to run Windows software with Wine

For VirtualBox , I suggest to download the one from Oracle's website. VirtualBox has 2 versions in Ubuntu. One is the Open Source Edition and the other is the one I suggest from Oracle's website (closed source edition).

Go here

Download the latest version and install it through Software Center. It is a .deb package so Software Center can handle it.

For further informations and configurations see here

And yes , your thought was good. You can only unlock the drive from within Windows.

Good Luck


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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

You could use a buddies system to unlock it then use it freely. You will need the Virtualbox from the Virtualbox repo in order to get native USB access

echo "deb quantal contrib" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.2 dkms

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Marvin Parker (qwestforluv) said :

When I try to run the app in wine I get an error message that says "the application has encountered an unexpected error and is now exiting" what am i doing wrong?

and virtualbox didn't work either, it wouldn't let me install the os. When i go to insert the product key i get a message that says i have to install it to the existing os for the key to work.

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N1ck 7h0m4d4k15 (nicktux) said :

I think that this is matter of the OS you want to install and not VirtualBox.

What virtualbox you installed ? The one from Oracle's site ? Install the guest-additions and extension-pack as well and then try to install the OS you have again.

If you can , bypass the key confirmation during install and install the key later , when the system is fully installed. I think Windows have this ability (gives you this ability) to install the OS without a key and test it from 30 days.


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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

Not all apps run in Wine. You can check the wine appdb for compatibility

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