How to add a shared folder in oracle virtualbox

Written by joshua laud
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If you want to share files from your Oracle VirtualBox, then you must create a shared folder. Oracle VM VirtualBox allows you to install a multitude of operating systems on your computer. This is useful because it allows you to utilise the best parts of all the operating systems you want to use. It is particular useful for software and application testers as it lets you switch quickly between the operating systems for use. If you want to share files on your computer, between all the OS builds, you must create a shared folder.

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  1. 1

    Start your computer up in the master operating system. Click "Start," then "Computer." Double-click the "C" drive and then create a new folder, by right-clicking the empty space, clicking "New," and then "Folder." Name the folder something like "VBShare." Right-click this folder, click "Properties." Click "Sharing" and then enable all user sharing on this folder.

  2. 2

    Open Oracle VM VirtualBox. Click "Machine" and start your virtual machine. Click "Devices," then "Install Guest Additions." This enables folder sharing.

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    Click "Devices," and then "Shared Folders." Select your "C:\VBShare" folder to be used, and press "Enter."

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    Create a mapped network drive to that shared folder. In Windows 7, click "Start," then "Computer." Click "Map Network Drive." Choose a drive letter. Type in the address as "\vboxsvr\VBShare" (replacing VBShare with your shared folder).

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