Windows – Where is VirtualBox’s virtual hard disks repository

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A colleague shared a VirtualBox VM with me. When double clicking the VDI file, VirtualBox opens but I get a few errors (the errors were related to incorrect paths and UUIDs in the VBOX file). So I had to RTFM…

I found Importing a VDI in VirtualBox from Oracle's blog. The blog states:

First copy your VDI file into VirtualBox's virtual hard disks repository. On Mac OS X it's $HOME/Library/VirtualBox/HardDisks/.

I seem to have VDI's scattered all about, but all under a common root folder of "VirtualBox VMs". And I don't have a folder "HardDisks". So its not clear to me where the repository is, or where I'm supposed to put the VDI.

Where is VirtualBox's virtual hard disks repository in Windows 8.1?

Best Answer

For Microsoft Windows OS, default Storage is in %HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH%\VirtualBox VMs

Which typically expands out to

C:\Users\[username]\VirtualBox VMs

The subfolders will be named with the Name: field contents entered in the Create Virtual Machine dialog where you're asked to enter Name and OS information.

If you've decided to do a little more orgainization, the Machine Name subfolders will be under the Machine Group subfolder. Full implementation may look like the following:

C:\Users\[username]\VirtualBox VMs\[vm group]\[vm name]

The VDI may exist elsewhere if you used the option to Use an existing virtual hard drive

It's easy to find where the VDI disks reside by using File=>Virtual Media Manager

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