This guide shows how to setup virtualbox shared folders in Fedora 14, so you can transfer data between guest and host OS easily. We already covered a post on installing Fedora 14 on VirtualBox with Guest additions. Shared folders will be very useful to copy or move large files and folders between guest Fedora 14 and host Windows 7, Vista or XP operating systems.
To be able to setup VirtualBox shared folders in Fedora 14 guest machine, make sure guest additions are installed properly. Please refer Guest additions for Fedora 14 post here. Once its installed properly, follow the steps.
Steps to Setup VirtualBox Shared Folders in Fedora 14
1) Install the guest additions properly and make sure its working.
2) Right click on Folder icon as shown below and select shared folders option.
3) Press Add folder button and browse for the folder or partition from host computer which you want to share through VirtualBox shared folders.
NOTE – This VirtualBox shared folders feature does not require any type of network connectivity between host and guest.
4) Now, we need to play around with some commands to access this Windows drive. This is very similar to setting up VirtualBox shared folders in Ubuntu 10.10. Anyhow, I’m re-doing it here for Fedora 14.
We need to create a folder first.
I’m creating a folder in Desktop with following command after became the super user ( su)
5) Let’s mount the VirtualBox Shared folder pointer to this folder.
sudo mount -t vboxsf E_DRIVE /home/Dinesh/Desktop/xp
E_DRIVE – is the shared name while adding the partition or folder in Step 3.
/home/Dinesh/Desktop/xp – the folder we created for this purpose.
6) Now you should be able to see the host Windows E partition inside xp folder in Fedora 14 guest in VirtualBox.
Thats all you have to do. Now VirtualBos shared folders set up and it can be accessed in guest virtual machine.
This mounting will disappear in next restart of Fedora 14, to re create the mount every time can add it in start up script as shown in this post.