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I have a VirtualBox instance (running under Mac OS X 10.5) and Windows 7 running in VirtualBox. Everything is otherwise fine, but I cannot understand how to use shared folders. I have added a shared folder in the VM configuration in VirtualBox, but I cannot for the world of me understand how do I access the shared folder in Windows 7.

Other instructions seem to talk about the network, and that my VirtualBox should somehow show up in the network and expose shared folders there. But I do not see anything that looks like VirtualBox in the Network in Windows Explorer. What do I look for?

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Typically it just shows up a fake-virtual-server on the network - you can access it as though you would a file share on some real server. The name is VBOXSVR.


I haven't tested Win7 yet, but I have used this functionality on everything from Win200 through 2003. Do you have the guest additions installed?

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I do have guest additions installed. \\vboxsvr does not show up in my network servers list, and does not exist when I enter it manually. – Jaanus Nov 19 '09 at 21:23
VboxSvr is part of its own workgroup, so you may need to browse the entire network - also, for some reason (probably because it doesn't have an IPC$ share) it doesn't like connections directly to it - you need to connect to a specific share. – Goyuix Nov 20 '09 at 14:52
I’ll be damned... \\vboxsvr\sharename indeed opened up the share. Yay. I could not browse to it, but I just punched in the name and it came up. So, the last question I have... is there any way to bookmark/map it? I can’t see a UI control that would map it as drive or put it in favorites. I don’t want to type it in every time. – Jaanus Nov 21 '09 at 0:00
OK, response to my last comment... when looking at the directory, right click on “Favorites” in left pane and select “Add current location to favorites”. – Jaanus Nov 21 '09 at 0:02
@Goyuix Weird, as browsing \\VBOXSVR works in some of my Windows 7 VirtualBoxes and not others. – Caltor Sep 9 '15 at 11:43

@Jaanus When you enter "Computer" (Start, Computer) you will find a button at the top called "Map Network Drive", click it and add the share link in there, then you'll have a drive that will always appear in "Computer", you can also take a shortcut of it.

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