Need to open a VMDK file in VirtualBox? This article will show you how to configure and use a VMDK virtual machine file with VirtualBox. This particular tutorial is demonstrated on a Mac, but using a VMDK with VirtualBox in this way should work the same on Windows and Linux as well.
VMDK is short for Virtual Machine Disk, and VMDK files can be created by VMWare, VirtualBox, Parallels, and other virtualization software. You may have noticed that you cannot just open a VMDK virtual machine file directly with VirtualBox, nor can you drag and drop it to start. Instead, create a new virtual machine and use it as a disk using the steps described below.
How to open a VMDK file with VirtualBox on Mac, Windows, Linux
- Open the VirtualBox application, and then select "New" to create a new virtual machine
- Name the new virtual machine and enter the type, OS version, RAM, and then click to select “Use an existing virtual hard disk drive file” and click on the folder icon to navigate the file system
- Click “Add” to add a virtual hard disk file
- Confirm that the VMDK drive is selected, and then select “Select”
- Well g "Create" to create the new virtual machine using VMDK file
- Click “Start” on the VirtualBox Manager screen to start VMDK virtual machine
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When you click Start, the virtual machine will start booting using the VMDK file you selected as the virtual hard disk file.
VMDK files can be created by just about any operating system, including Windows, Linux, MacOS, and / or Mac OS X. VMDK virtual machine files are often made available or transmitted as pre-built operating system configurations, making it easy to use or test the same setup on multiple machines or by multiple people.
This is probably something obvious, but moving the location to the VMDK file The VirtualBox machine will no longer boot until the VMDK file is located again.
If you are finished using the VMDK file and its related virtual machine, you can delete that VM from VirtualBox as removing any other VM.
You may be wondering if it is possible to convert a VMDK file to VHD or VDI or some other virtual machine disk format, and the answer is yes, although it is not nearly as easy as converting an ISO to VDI, and instead you have to rely on this free tool from Microsoft running Windows. If you know of another way to convert VMDK files, please share it with us in the comments below.
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