[VirtualBox] Daily Operation in Linux VM ( VDI file ) with tip and trick

If you use VirtulBox on Windows for your virtual machine environment, you will encounter some daily operation issues that are kind of tedious. Here I want to provide some useful commands for quickly solving some common operation in Linux VM.

  • When you want to duplicate original VDI file to use in other VirtualBox environment, you need to execute this: 
    • > "C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\VBoxManage" clonevdi source.vdi output.vdi
  • To clean up the empty space in your VDI file ( it could reduce the size of your VDI file ), there are 2 steps:
    • On Linux VM
    • > dd if=/dev/zero of=fillfile bs=1M ( running on
    • > rm fillfile
    • On VirtualBox Host ( Windows )
    • "C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\VBoxManage" modifyhd your_VDI.vdi --compact
  • To change the size of your VirtualBox VDI file
    • "C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\VBoxManage"--resize SIZE_IN_MB
      YOUR_HARD_DISK.vdi

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