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Differences in Virtual Disk file types

  1. #1

    Posts : 45
    Windows 8.1 Pro/LinuxMint/Mac OS X

    Differences in Virtual Disk file types

    I have been playing around with VM VirtualBox. When I go to make a new OS install it asks me to choose Hard Drive File Type.

    VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image)
    VMDK (Virtual Machine Disk)
    VHD (Virtual Hard Disk)
    HDD (Parallels Hard Disk)
    QED (QEMU enchanced diak)
    QCOW (QEMU Copy-On-Write)

    I have googled and looked around a lot and in doing so in most things people have different as to what each is used/should be used for.

    Just looking for some input as to what the differences between each of these, and witch is best to use.
    *Note I am trying out different Linux Distros
    and others



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  2. #2

    VDI is the native file type for VirtualBox and would be preferred unless you have a specific reason to do otherwise. The others are provided primarily for compatibility with other virtualization systems.
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  3. #3

    Posts : 45
    Windows 8.1 Pro/LinuxMint/Mac OS X

    Ok, so where I only use just VirtualBox I don't need to worry about the others. Unless I had another virtual software running on the system as well, like VM Ware.
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