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Move gnome-boxes images to external usb drive?

asked 2016-06-04 18:45:28 -0600

knel gravatar image

I don't have much space left on my home partition, yet want to create more virtual partitions via gnome-boxes, each of which requires about 20 gb hard drive space as a minimum, I believe. One solution that comes to mind is to move my images to an external drive. However, I don't know what this would entail exactly. I know the images are stored under the .local directory, so how could I move the images, config, and xml files to an external usb in a way that the gnome-boxes app would recognize?

I see this link is similar, but it concerns moving a boxes virtual image to another computer and basically copying everything setting for setting, directory for directory, on the other computer. How do I move a boxes image within the directory space of one computer?

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answered 2016-06-06 11:22:55 -0600

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updated 2016-06-06 11:26:01 -0600

Gnome-boxes is just a front-end for libvirtd and has not a lot settings available for users. (It's meant to be like this to keep Virtualization as simple as possible).

I recommend you installing libvirt-manager, a graphical admin tool for virtual machines. There you have all sorts of settings, and you will be able to move/copy the virtual harddisk to an external drive.

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Ok, seems this will work. Will try when I get the external.

knel gravatar imageknel ( 2016-06-09 16:00:23 -0600 )edit

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