disk management

Verde Denim tdldev at gmail.com
Mon Jun 28 17:12:37 UTC 2010

On Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 1:09 PM, Preston Hagar <prestonh at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 12:00 PM, Verde Denim <tdldev at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I have an extern sata drive that i want to use for virtual box machines.
> > Currently the drive is unformatted (ubuntu 10.04 sees the drive).
> > do i need to format the drive (or a portion of it) in order to add
> > virtualbox devices to it since virtualbox will part and format what it
> needs
> > for each individual machine?
> >
> > Thanks for the input.
> >
> > Jack
> >
> Yes.  Typically, virtual box "drives" are single .vdi files stored on
> a file system.  There are methods to make a "regular" file system on a
> drive appear to virtual box through a custom .vdi file, but they are
> generally hackish (in my opinion) and not the way it was intended to
> be done.
> I would recommend formatting the drive as ext3 or ext4 and the
> mounting it somewhere (maybe /mnt/vboximages or something).   When you
> start up virtual box, you will have the option to create a new disk
> image.  When it asks you where to save it, save it to where you
> mounted your external sata drive.
> Hope this helps.
> Preston
> Helps much! Thanks for the feedback, Preston.


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