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When creating a new vm with Virtualbox, can I decide where the virtual hard drive file is located? By default, it's under $HOME/.Virtualbox but I don't want to store 8G file under my home directory, especially it's on an SSD. Is there a way to specify where the VDI file is located?

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Yes, You can select the location before saving the vdi. Click on the explorer (enter image description here) icon in create screen to set a location.

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