I have a machine with snapshots at different key points in the configuration.
Now I need to back up this VM, with its snapshots, to another machine.

  • I tried the "Export" function, but the .ova file only contain the Current state, no snapshots.
  • Other solution I see is reverting to the first snapshot, export, forward to the next snapshot, export... It would be long, tedious, and heavy.

Is there any ways to take a VM and send it to another computer while preserving the snapshots?

  • Typically the way you export a virtual machine with snapshots is to clone the virtual machine and this will generate a new consolated virtual machine. Have you tried to clone the virtual machine?
    – Ramhound
    Mar 2, 2017 at 17:31
  • @Ramhound: I do can clone the VM, but it stay on the same machine, I need to pass the file to another computer. Unless I missed a option to clone to a file? I also need all snapshots, not just one of them. The goal is also archiveing.
    – DrakaSAN
    Mar 2, 2017 at 18:23
  • @Ramhound: Edited to explain in details the use case, and my current solution.
    – DrakaSAN
    Mar 3, 2017 at 15:19

2 Answers 2


To copy an entire VM with its snapshots and everything, the only way I know of is by copying the entire folder of the VM. Zipping the folder with 7z will reduce the disk-space to transfer.

If required, the VM with its snapshots can be cloned under another name by:

[right-click] VM -> Clone... -> [button] Next -> [radio button] Full clone -> [radio button] Everything -> [button] Clone

See the article Moving A VirtualBox VM With Snapshots for a detailed write-up.


The process of copying the full "Virtual VMs" folder from one host to another may be summarized as follows:

Backup: Backup full “c:/Users/oldlogname/Virtual Vms” folder


  • Restore full “c:/Users/newlogname/Virtual Vms” folder

  • Edit each “*.vbox-prev” file of each VM, replacing affected paths/lognames

  • Start VirtualBox console in new host

    • Menu: Machine->Add … (each one of the imported VM folder/vmfile)

    • Declare and associate shared folders existing in the old vm host

  • Update “virtualbox additions” to each VM if the host VBox has different version


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