I have a VM I am attempting to export. When I attempt to export it (OVF 2.0), the OVA file is a mere ~12kb and does not contain the disk image. The only potentially relevant difference I see compared to other VMs which export successfully is that this has a .vmdk on a SCSI controller rather than a .vdi on a SATA controller.

I am aware of the "copy the entire folder" method, but this is less than ideal for my application.

I am running VirtualBox 5.0.30 on Windows 10.

  • Have you tried to unzip it and check that there is no disk image? If your original VM contains disk image, Virtual Box should easily export configuration file and disk image into OVA file.
    – Stuka
    Dec 9, 2016 at 17:47
  • @Stuka Yup. The ovf file doesn't list an image in <DiskSection> but does list a UUID under the storage controllers.
    – Mooseman
    Dec 9, 2016 at 18:06
  • Unfortunately, I can't see any other option except, trying to convert VM with any 3rd party converter, if you still have the original VM.
    – Stuka
    Dec 16, 2016 at 10:55

2 Answers 2


The VMDK was using an SCSI controller. Once I moved it to the SATA controller, exporting the VM included the disk image.


You can try below things. I checked on Virtualbox on Ubuntu host.

  1. Shutdown the vm
  2. Detach disk
  3. Convert disk to .vdi using "VBoxManage clonehd"
  4. Attach new disk to SATA storage on your vm
  5. Power on and verify everything is working
  6. Shutdown vm and try to export again

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