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“no bootable device” on kvm/qemu

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When importing virtual machines from another host, some of them would work while others would give me the following message:

SeaBIOS (version
Booting from Hard Disk...
Boot failed: not a bootable disk
No bootable device.

I noticed that for some reason the type of disk image is not detected; it just defaults to “raw”. So if your disk image is e.g. “qcow2”, the virtual machine will not be configured correctly upon import.

The solution is to go into the information tab of VirtManager, under the “advanced options” of the disk item and set the correct storage format.


Written by azimout

23/07/2011 at 09:38

Posted in Problems

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  1. Great!


    30/06/2014 at 07:54

  2. Freakin’ Awesome !!! Life Saver


    20/10/2014 at 01:05

  3. Thumbs up! Really useful info. Solved my problem also!

    Moises Rodrigues

    23/06/2015 at 13:02

  4. Thnks!!! Easy written, fast solved =)


    14/06/2017 at 13:49

  5. […] a bootable disk. No bootable device.” That was possible, but was it true? A search led to Azitech’s advice to go into VMM > select the VM (i.e., AcerWin10) > VMM menu > Virtual Machine Details > […]

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