Newbie Still confused about copy/clone virtual box vm/vhd

Ed Oneill kodiack91 at
Tue Apr 28 00:44:31 UTC 2009

I read the manual but can not figure out how to copy or clone.

8.16 VBoxManage clonehd
This command duplicates a registered virtual hard disk image to a new image file with
a new unique identifier (UUID). The new image can be transferred to another host
system or imported into VirtualBox again using the Virtual Disk Manager; see chapter
3.5, The Virtual Disk Manager, page 42 and chapter 5.4, Cloning disk images, page 79.
The syntax is as follows:
VBoxManage clonehd           <uuid>|<filename> <outputfile>
                             [--format VDI|VMDK|VHD|RAW|<other>]
                             [--variant Standard,Fixed,Split2G,Stream,ESX]
                             [--type normal|writethrough|immutable]

Is this in virtual disk manager??? If so I can not find a place to enter commands!
or is this all done in ubuntu terminal?

3.5 The Virtual Disk Manager
VirtualBox keeps an internal registry of all available hard disk, CD/DVD-ROM and
floppy disk images. This registry can be viewed and changed in the Virtual Disk
Manager, which you can access from the “File” menu in the VirtualBox main window:

 If anyone can give help I think I need step by step basic instructions I know 
very little of ubuntu and command lines but I am trying to learn!

                                                                           Thank You!   Ed



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