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Solved can I burn a DVD from inside Windows 8 inside VirtualBox


broiyan

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I've been backing up "My Documents" with CDBurnerXP because

1. I consider Windows Backups to be opaque and I prefer to keep them simple and to know what is going on
2. Windows Backups does some things I believe are risky so I will not use it
3. Windows 7 had a deep directory structure problem and I presume Windows 8 continues to
4. It's ridiculous to backup "Windows" when I really only care about the safety of my data and since I am a slow typist who can't type at 3 Gigahertz it seems unlikely that I will ever have produced enough data that won't fit in one piece of optical media
5. I prefer to use a backup medium that has no moving parts and no firmware and humidity and mechanical shock resistant and contains no software and nothing vendor specific and blank DVDs are one such medium
6. I don't understand how a "backup DVD" can get scratched if there are never children and animals in the building (movie DVDs are a different matter)

Unfortunately, I can't continue down this route because my Windows 8 is now inside VirtualBox and I can't seem to make CDBurnerXP and Windows 8 recognize a blank DVD as a suitable target for a backup.

I am looking for suggestions for DVD burning software that is free and is known through your personal experience to work inside VirtualBox.
 

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broiyan

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The solution is to enable VirtualBox's device passthough functionality when the guest operating system is shutdown.

First shutdown Windows 8. Then in VirtualBox's `Machine, Settings, Storage` dialog, passthrough can be enabled. CDBurnerXP will then have write access to the drive.
 

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Ztruker

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How can you do anything in VirtualBox if Windows 8 is shut down?????
 

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