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I am trying to synchronize my music between my desktop (Ubuntu 9.10) and my laptop (VirtualBox: Windows 7 host & Ubuntu 9.10 guest) I use Unison to perform the actual sync, which itself is not the problem. I am ultimately trying to get my Windows 7 host to be able to access the music files so I can sync my iPod Touch.

What I need to figure out is how I can that to work. I would prefer to actually perform the sync to my Ubuntu Guest, mostly because of the filename allowed character differences between Windows and Linux.

Is there a way to access the files on my Linux Guest from the Windows Host?

  • Can I mount the VDI in Windows when VirtualBox is off?
  • Can I have Windows Host access the Linux Guest filesystem while VirtualBox is running?
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This forum post explains how to mount the disk with the machine switched off, but you will need to have it formatted with a Windows friendly filesystem...

I would use Samba to do a network share for access while the system is running, see this page in for how to do it in Ubuntu. You could also use the "shared folders" thing in Virtualbox.

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Yeah, I don't see why Windows sharing (smb) isn't used in this situation. It's relatively simple and fast. – Nitrodist May 29 '10 at 20:31

Personally I have had lots of issues with Samba. If the amount of data fits, I would load up Dropbox or a similar service within Linux and the Windows Machine.

To Review your options if VBox guest is:

Samba (essentially share the folder on your network) Difficulty (hard, but only way if the music collection is larger than 20-30GB)

DropBox / Box / GDocs folder

if VBox is not running:

I think this depends on how the HD was made. Neal's tip may help there.

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