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I want to format my laptop and I'm wondering if i can copy a virtual machine (Windows 7), so I do not have to recreate it after formatting.

In VMware I just have to copy the file of the machine and run it everywhere I want. Can I do the same with VirtualBox?

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You have 3 options

  1. Use the Import/Export utility
  2. Copy the entire VM folder, containing the .vdi and .vbox files
  3. Clone the VDI using Virtual Media Manager and then recreate a VM on the target machine but using the cloned VDI as the hard disk.

The first option is the easiest because it combines the whole VM into a single file and transfers it over without issue pretty much every time.

To do that, just click on File => Export Appliance you will get a dialog-box like this

Export dialog

And then, follow the steps on the screen.

Good Luck :-)

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You have the "export" function on VirtualBox.

File > Export Virtual Machine

Hope this help.

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