Greetings, I’m having some issues with device management, in particular with mounting disk partitions to a Whonix-based AppQube.
I have two disks: disk A has W10 installed; disk B has two partitions, partition B1 has Qubes, Partition B2 has the bitcoin blockchain.
I created a Whonix-ws templateVM and installed Bitcoin Core on it. Then i created a Bitcoin AppQube. The idea is to mount partition B2 on the Bitcoin AppQube.
The issue is…I just can’t do that. I tried with Qubes Device gui: no error is reported, the entry goes bold, i have the ejection symbol next to the Bitcoin vm, but I can’t access the partition from the vm. I tried with the terminal, I also tried making it persistent: still, no error message, everything seems to be working fine, but i can’t access the partition from the AppQube (I even get the error message if I try to attach the partition to another vm without shutting down the Bitcoin VM first).
What about other partitions and other vms? Here’s where things start to get weird…I’m never capable of attaching a disk partition to BitcoinVM, but I can attach an usb drive to it. With other VMs, sometimes I can do it, sometimes I can’t. Sometimes I can attach B2 but not A to Work, sometimes I can attach A to Personal but no B2…it’s just a random mess. But I’m never capable of attaching any disk partition to Bitcoin.
P.s: I know that dual boot setup is not ideal, but I’m a noob and for the time being I’ll just be practicing with Qubes, I need a fallback Windows installation. I’ll switch to Qubes only when I feel ready.
About the partitioning of the Qubes ssd, it’s an attempt to avoid downloading the blockchain from scratch. I’d like to solve this issue for now, if it turns out to be too troublesome I’ll try something else.