I have used VMware for a long time. VMware saves all the information for one machine in one directory. This means it is easy to zip and copy.
Now I switched to VirtualBox.
VirtualBox seems to save the machine's information in more than one directory, e.g., a machine I called "Windows 7 Basic" is apparently saved here:
C:\Users\edward\.VirtualBox\HardDrives\Windows 7 Basic.vdi
C:\Users\edward\.VirtualBox\Machines\Windows 7 Basic\…
(various directories and files)
What do I need to do to transport my "Windows 7 Basic" machine?
The fact that the data is saved under a "." directory and in various places suggests that there is some kind of export/import feature.
I found the "export appliance" feature so I assume this is it.
But I started it for an empty machine and it says "time remaining 1 hour 31 minutes".
Am I doing this right? Does it really take 1.5 hours to "export" a machine and perhaps 1.5 hours to import it again, so 3 hours to move a virtual machine?