Saturday, April 30, 2011

Virtualbox : Copying & Converting Drive Images

VBoxManage is a command line tool that allows you to perform administrative functions on VirtualBox installations.
To create a copy of a drive, the command is -
 VBoxManage clonehd sourcefile targetfile . e.g Vboxmanage winxp.vdi winxpcopy.vdi

To change the format of the target, add the format parameter -

VBoxManage clonehd sourcefile targetfile --format VDI e.g.

VBoxManage clonehd c:\!RD\Virtualbox\w2003.vmdk w2003.vdi --format VDI
0%...10%...20%...30%...40%...50%...60%...70%...80%...90%...100%
Clone hard disk created in format 'VDI'. UUID: 6a1ded22-edb4-4cef-b74a-871db2fcafd6

If you want to increase the logical size of an expanding volume, the following post shows how to use VBoxManage to create a larger drive.

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