Virtualizing Mac on...
Clear all

Virtualizing Mac on Windows


I tried googling the forums (And the rest of the known internet) to see if anyone have had any success/experience with virtualizing images of Apple machines on Windows?

I imaged a old MacBook Air as part of an investigation using Tableau TD2u to E01-format.
From there I converted them to RAW using FTK Imager.

I then used the VboxManage-tool to convert the raw file to VDI and VMDK.

While booting it in VirtualBox it starts booting, but it hangs after the Kernel has panicked. I have told it to remain calm and breath but it does not seem to help.

Mac OS version
Not yet set

Kernel version
Darwin Kernel 10.0.0 Fri Jul 31 224734 PDT 2009; rootxnu-1456.1.25~/RELEASE_1386
System model name X10DAi (VirtualBox)

System uptime in nanoseconds (A value that is never the same)

Virtualization has been enabled in boot and in VirtualBox.. And according to what I have googled so far the hardware should be able to run it.
I also tried to use VBoxManage to midyvm and setextradata to modify the virtual machine to run.

In VMWare I had to download a unlocker patch to be able to add the VMDK, and I have tried to restore the image to a HDD and add the partitions that way to the virtual machine. Though this only results in VMWare complaining that the image is not a OSX Server… No matter how much I shout at the screen that I have not told it that we are not looking for a server.

So.. If anyone has a fool-proof way to virtualize a Mac OS/OS X image in a windows environment using e01 evidence files I would love to hear it..

Your friendly neighborhood Digital Forensics-man

Topic starter Posted : 16/02/2018 1:46 pm
Community Legend

I doubt it can be done in either Virtualbox or Vmware.

It can most probably be done in Qemu, though this

is for Linux based host, and it has to be seen if Qemu ports to Windows may be able to replicate.

And of course that is about a "brand new" install, I wouldn't expect any soon any P2V solution for that.


Posted : 16/02/2018 3:07 pm
Active Member

Latest VFC also supports it.

Posted : 16/02/2018 7:27 pm
Active Member

i havent tested it with fex
but ive had a lot of success just restoring a physical to a usb3 hard drive and then option-booted in my 2014 macbook pro
the only time ive had issues is when ive taken an image of the decrypted disk (so it's a good idea to image disk0, and then enter the fv2 password and image that as well)

Posted : 17/02/2018 10:47 am

Thank you all so much for you replies )
Got it working!
So it worked fine with an older macOS.. Though we are now trying with a High Sierra from a 4096K disk.. And that is proving to be an a*s )

Topic starter Posted : 19/02/2018 2:37 pm
Share to...