How to Remove Hard Disks in Virtualbox


VirtualBox is a free virtual machine program for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux that runs operating systems in a window on your desktop. The virtual machines use their own virtualized hardware, including virtual hard disks. Virtual hard disks are saved as .vdi files on your hard drive. After you delete a virtual machine from VirtualBox, VirtualBox keeps its hard disk. You can remove the hard disk image from VirtualBox and optionally delete it from your hard drive using the Virtual Media Manager window in VirtualBox.

  • Click the "File" menu at the top of the VirtualBox window and click "Virtual Media Manager" in the menu.

  • Click the hard disk you want to remove in the Virtual Media Manager window that appears.

  • Click the "Remove" button on the Virtual Media Manager window's toolbar.

  • Select whether or not to delete the hard disk image from your hard drive by clicking the options in the prompt window that appears. If you choose not to delete the hard disk, the file stays on your hard drive but isn't registered in VirtualBox.

  • Click "OK."

Tips & Warnings

  • You can't remove a hard disk while a virtual machine is using it. If you encounter an error, shut down all running virtual machines before continuing.

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