How do I use a floppy disc image in virtualbox?

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How do I use a floppy disc image in virtualbox?
Floppy disk images are often used to boot operating systems. (Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Oracle's VirtualBox virtual machine program creates virtual hardware devices that guest operating systems can install on and use. The guest operating systems run in a window on the host operating system. VirtualBox can create a virtual floppy disk drive that uses a floppy disk image file on the computer. The virtual machine can access the floppy disk image like a real floppy disk drive, including booting from the floppy disk image inside the virtual machine.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Select a virtual machine by clicking its name in the VirtualBox window.

  2. 2

    Click the "Machine" menu at the top of the VirtualBox window, and click "Settings."

  3. 3

    Click the "Storage" category in the settings window.

  4. 4

    Right-click in the storage tree pane, and click "Add Floppy Controller."

  5. 5

    Right-click the "Floppy Controller" device, and click "Add Floppy Device."

  6. 6

    Click the "Choose Disk" button in the prompt window that appears.

  7. 7

    Navigate to the floppy disk image file on your computer, and double-click it.

Tips and warnings

  • You can adjust the boot order in the "System" category in the settings window. By default, VirtualBox boots from the floppy disk first, if it's available.

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