How to extract files from vdi

Written by tammy clevenger
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A VDI is an image of a virtual machine created by VirtualBox. One way to extract files from the VDI image is to install VirtualBox and redeploy the image. However, if you do not have the time or inclination to redeploy the VirtualBox image, use an image mounting software, such as PowerISO, to mount the VDI image. Once the image is mounted, you can extract individual files from the image and save the files in another location. Download and install PowerISO from A free trial version is available.

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  • PowerISO or another image mounting utility installed

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  1. 1

    Right-click on the VDI file.

  2. 2

    Click the "Open With" option, and click "PowerISO."

  3. 3

    Click "Set Number of Drivers" option, then select "1" for one drive. The VDI image is assigned a drive letter and may now be accessed using a file manager such as Windows Explorer.

  4. 4

    Right-click on the Windows "Start" button, and open Windows Explorer.

  5. 5

    Navigate to and click on the VDI "drive." The files are shown in the right pane of Windows Explorer.

  6. 6

    Right-click on the file or files to extract, and click "Copy."

  7. 7

    Navigate to the new location for the files, right-click and select "Paste" to paste the files to their new location.

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