Using VirtualBox 2.24 on WinXP host. I would like to clone a VDI to another VDI. The origin VDI is a monolothic VDI file of about 10 GB in size. I would like to have the target VDI to be split into 2 GBs chunks using the --variant Split2G option. I guess this option is the equivalent of VMWare's vmware-vdiskmanager.exe -t 1 (which means, disk type 1, growable virtual disk split in 2Gb files). Basically this means if the monolithic VDI file size is 10.5 GB, when it is split into 2 GB chunks, it would becomes 6 files (2 x 5 of 2 GB and the 6th is 0.5 GB). For this I used the following command:
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"C:\Program Files\Sun\xVM VirtualBox\VBoxManage.exe" clonehd MyMonolithicGuest.vdi NewGuest.vdi --format VDI --variant Split2G
The operation was successful but the NewGuest.vdi is still a monolithic VDI file of almost the same size than the original MyMonolithicGuest.vdi
Question1: What is the purpose of the Split2G option? There is no description in the 2.24 User Manual.
Question2: Is VirtualBox capable of splitting a VDI file into several 2GB chunks, similar to VMWare type 1 disk (growable virtual disk split in 2Gb files) ?
Thanks in advance for any help.