Trouble with finding the VDI for my VM

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Trouble with finding the VDI for my VM

Postby DwightSolar » 20. Feb 2019, 00:34

So i'm trying to add disk space to a machine. But i'm having trouble. Because I cant find the .vdi file for the VM. Is there an updated guide to how to add disk space?
Last edited by socratis on 21. Feb 2019, 05:47, edited 1 time in total.
Reason: Changed title to something more appropriate.
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Re: Trouble with finding the VDI for my VM

Postby socratis » 20. Feb 2019, 03:24

Forget the guide about increasing the size of the VDI, you need a magnifying glass to find your VDI first.... ;)

  • What do you mean you can't find the VDI? Did you move it from its default location? Did you change something?
  • What happens when you right-click on the VM in VirtualBox Manager and select "Show in Finder/Explorer/Whatever"? Where does that lead you? What's in there?
  • Are you showing the file extensions on your host OS? What is your host OS?
Start by answering these questions and then we're going to have a better understanding of the problem...
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Re: Trouble with finding the VDI for my VM

Postby DwightSolar » 20. Feb 2019, 04:29

Well when I open it in Explorer there is no .vdi file. I've seen in the tutorials I found online that a .vdi file should be in there. But there isnt in mine. The disk image is in there. I didnt change anything. Im showing file extensions and my host OS is Windows 10
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Re: Trouble with finding the VDI for my VM

Postby socratis » 20. Feb 2019, 04:53

Right-click on the VM, "Show in Explorer". That will select the VM's "recipe" file, a "<VM name>.vbox" file. ZIP that file and attach it to your response.

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Re: Trouble with finding the VDI for my VM

Postby DwightSolar » 20. Feb 2019, 14:33

I can only find a .vbox-prev file? Should I link that anyways? Heres a dropbox link. Actually I cant post it. I havent been a member for the right amount of time. Sorry.
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Re: Trouble with finding the VDI for my VM

Postby andyp73 » 20. Feb 2019, 14:52

Depending on your host OS then you may need to set it to show extensions for known file types. Explorer in Windows hides them by default. In the same directory as you found the .vbox-prev file there should also be a .vbox file and a .vdi file all with the same name if you followed the defaults when creating the guest.

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Re: Trouble with finding the VDI for my VM

Postby mpack » 20. Feb 2019, 15:17

andyp73 wrote:Explorer in Windows hides [extensions] by default.

I guess this also explains the failure to find the .vdi, rendering failure to find the .vbox moot.
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Re: Trouble with finding the VDI for my VM

Postby DwightSolar » 20. Feb 2019, 23:13

I do have the ability to show file extensions on. So thats not it.
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Re: Trouble with finding the VDI for my VM

Postby socratis » 20. Feb 2019, 23:23

DwightSolar wrote:I can only find a .vbox-prev file?
ZIP that and attach it to your response.

BTW, you realize what you're asking us to do, right? Locate where *you* have placed your VDI file in *your* computer. Not that easily done remotely, your realize that, right?
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Re: Trouble with finding the VDI for my VM

Postby DwightSolar » 21. Feb 2019, 04:35

Ah sorry I worded my question wrong. I havent moved anything anywhere. I just installed it and havent touched it at all.
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Re: Trouble with finding the VDI for my VM

Postby socratis » 21. Feb 2019, 05:47

  1. Where's the ZIP file I asked for?
  2. I'm changing the title of the thread from "Trouble with adding disk space" to the more accurate "Trouble with finding the VDI for my VM".
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Re: Trouble with finding the VDI for my VM

Postby BillG » 21. Feb 2019, 08:11

DwightSolar wrote:Well when I open it in Explorer there is no .vdi file. I've seen in the tutorials I found online that a .vdi file should be in there. But there isnt in mine. The disk image is in there. I didnt change anything. Im showing file extensions and my host OS is Windows 10


That simply makes no sense. What is the "disk image" if it is not the .vdi file? Disk image of what?

If you are using Windows 10, what is in your VirtualBox VMs folder? It should have a folder for the vm you created, and that folder should contain these files.

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Re: Trouble with finding the VDI for my VM

Postby socratis » 21. Feb 2019, 08:49

Just to clear one point; BillG's screenshot is one where the extensions are *not* shown!
(Bad Bill, tsk, tsk, tsk... :D)

If the extensions were showing in Windows Explorer you'd be seeing something like:
Name                Date modified       Type                            Size
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Logs 19/02/19 2:52 PM File folder
Snapshots 19/02/19 3:05 PM File folder
Win7Pro.vbox 19/02/19 3:06 PM VirtualBox Machine Definition 10 KB
Win7Pro.vbox-prev 19/02/19 3:06 PM VBOX-PREV File 9 KB
Win7Pro.vdi 19/02/19 3:05 PM VirtualBox Disk Image 20,326,400 KB
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Re: Trouble with finding the VDI for my VM

Postby mpack » 21. Feb 2019, 15:30

DwightSolar wrote:I do have the ability to show file extensions on. So thats not it.

Actually, that is it. It is very clear from your descriptions that "Hide extensions for known file types" is enabled, and needs to be disabled.
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Re: Trouble with finding the VDI for my VM

Postby DwightSolar » 21. Feb 2019, 22:49

I do have file extensions enabled. Here's an image to prove it.

https://ibb.co/J33rZRm

And I couldent upload a zip file because it said I had to be a user for one more day. Did you not see that?

Here is the link

https://www.dropbox.com/s/il4qrddknc5cv0m/OHOL-VM.zip?dl=0
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