A virtual machine is very helpful if you wish to enjoy a guest operating system on a device already running on another operating system. The virtual machine isn’t allowed to access any of the files present on the actual operating system of the device. The guest operating system seems very less appealing without any of the files, applications, and games present on the device’s actual operating system. There is no direct way to share your files with the virtual machine and therefore, needs to be done with help of VirtualBox Shared Folder.
VirtualBox Shared Folders work great with both Linux and Windows operating systems. They act like a network and the virtual machine accesses the shared files in the same way. It would have accessed the files shared over a network. The concept of VirtualBox’s Shared Folders sounds too techy for the beginners. To make the VirtualBox Shared folders easy to use, we decided to come up with an article discussing the steps to share the files from the device’s actual operating system with the virtual machine.
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The steps mentioned below have been put forward in the best way possible and the readers should follow the steps after reading them keenly and thoroughly.
- A virtual machine will have to be installed with “VirtualBox’s Guest Additions” first.
- While on the virtual machine, click on the “Devices” option and select the “Insert Guest Additions CD image” from the dropdown list. As the name indicates, this option will help you to install the Guest Additions on the guest operating system by inserting a virtual CD.
- Once the Guest Additions have been successfully installed, click on the “Machine” menu and select the “Settings” option. This will open a dialog box on the screen.
- Now, go ahead and switch to the “Shared Folders” tab in the dialog box.
- It will show you all the “Shared Folders” you have set up till now.Key point: Two types of shared folders can be set up, the permanent Machine folders are shared until removed and the temporary Transient folders are removed once the virtual machine is shut down or restarted.
- On the right side of the dialog box, is a button with a plus sign which has to be clicked to create a new shared folder.
- The adding of a new shared folder requires the following specifications :
- Folder path: This specifies the location of the shared folder on the device’s actual operating system.
- Folder name: This will be the name of the shared folder inside the virtual machine.
- Read only: The virtual machine has the access to read and write the shared files if the Read-only box is not checked while creating the shared folder.
- Auto-mount: Checking the Auto-mount box while creating the shared folders allows the virtual machine to mount the shared folder automatically when it boots.
- Make Permanent: Checking the Make Permanent box while creating the shared folder gives rise to a Machine folder while keeping it unchecked, gives rise to a Transient Folder.
- After making all the choices wisely, you should hit the OK button.
If you have performed all the above-mentioned steps correctly. Then you will be able to see the shared folder appearing in the Network file shares. For the virtual machine with Windows as the operating system, please go ahead and open the File Explorer, click on the Network option. You will be able to see the shared folder under “VBOXSRV” computer. That’s how the VirtualBox’s Shared folders can help you to share your files with the virtual machine present on the device.
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