How to Make a VDI File

Written by ray padgett
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A VDI file is a VirtualBox Disk Image, a proprietary format used exclusively by the Oracle VM VirtualBox software. Using a VDI, you can create a complete image (or "clone") of your hard drive, including settings and programs. You can then boot from the VDI on the same computer. The process to make a VDI file itself is simple, but because it is backing up an entire hard drive, it could take up to several hours.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Oracle VM VirtualBox

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  1. 1

    Open Oracle VM VirtualBox.

  2. 2

    Click the "New" button.

  3. 3

    Click the hard drive you want to back up as a VDI file.

  4. 4

    Select "VirtualBox Disk Image (*.vdi)" next to the "Format" drop-down box.

  5. 5

    Type in a name for the VDI and click "Save." A progress bar will appear, showing you how long until your VDI is complete.

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