Best Way to Install Virtual Box?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by thriii, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. thriii macrumors 6502

    Feb 14, 2007
    I'm going to be installing Virtual Box on my main system but I want to make sure I do the the best way possible so ill atleast be able to restore my mac if there is a problem or worst case reinstall Snow Leopard.. I have 3 HDs

    HD1: Boot/Apps
    HD2: Data
    HD3: Time Machine

    I was thinking of backing up HD1 and 2 with time machine but excluding the Virtual Box folder if possible.. would this be the best solution? Just want to ask before I install this since I've read about KP's from these type of setups with Windows Operating Systems
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    Guess it depends if you want the virtual machines backed up. I back mine up.
  3. LtRammstein macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2006
    Denver, CO
    Are you creating VirtualBox machines? If so, you're out of luck on determining the default locations. The .vdi (the virtual machine hard drives) are located in your /Users/<user>/System/Library/VirtualBox folder.

    I don't know why you'd want to exclude backups of your VirtualBox drives... They do have snapshot managements incase of issues. Read more into VirtualBox and what it offers before you do anything that you might be concerned about.
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Because VMs can be many gigabytes large and that could fill up your time machine backup after a couple of hours of backups.

    For me, I use Time Machine, exclude my VMware files, but I then create a weekly Carbon Copy Clone of my hard drive on an external drive. I also manually copy the VMs to an another external drive daily.
  5. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    Actually, you CAN change the location VirtualBox stores your .vdi files. You have to do it when creating the VM initially, and the VirtualBox software sure doesn't make it obvious how to do it.

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