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As the virtual machine will most probably expect to see a hard disk built into its virtual
computer, VirtualBox must be able to present “real” storage to the guest as a virtual
hard disk. There are presently three methods in which to achieve this:

1. Most commonly, VirtualBox will use large image files on a real hard disk and
present them to a guest as a virtual hard disk. This is described in chapter 5.2,
Disk image files (VDI, VMDK, VHD, HDD), page 89.

2. Alternatively, if you have iSCSI storage servers, you can attach such a server to
VirtualBox as well; this is described in chapter 5.10, iSCSI servers, page 99.

3. Finally, as an experimental feature, you can allow a virtual machine to access one
of your host disks directly; this advanced feature is described in chapter 9.7.1,
Using a raw host hard disk from a guest, page 169.

Each such virtual storage device (image file, iSCSI target or physical hard disk) will
need to be connected to the virtual hard disk controller that VirtualBox presents to a
virtual machine. This is explained in the next section.

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