Update a computer running Virtualbox version 3.2.10 to the newest version

Running Virtualbox v3.2.10 on a Dell computer.  The host is Windows 7, the guest is Windows 2000.
It seems there is no more room on drive C in the Virtualbox v3.2.10
Several user applications installed on Virtualbox v3.2.10 are complaining about lack of disk space.
My understanding is resizing virtual disks was introduced in verion 4.0.  There seems to be no disk resizing option in v3.2.10.  

1.) So, what is the possibility of exporting v3.2.10 to the most recent version?  
2.) What special procedures are required to upgrade v3.2.10 to the newest version?
3.) What better way is there to upgrade v3.2.10?
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Schnell SolutionsSystems Infrastructure EngineerCommented:
Usually it is a very simple operation that only requires an in-place upgrade of your virtualbox application and that will be ok. If you want to avoid these less likely, but potential risks of something going wrong, you can take one of these two ways:

Option 1. Backup your VM computer before upgrading virtualbox in place.
Option 2. Install the newer version of virtual box on a separate computer. Export your current VM and ensure that everything is ok with the new version. Then you can upgrade your original computer and then re-import back the VM that successfully ran at a separate server.
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
the virtualdisk files can be located ANYWHERE.. shut down the virtual machine and MOVE the virtual files to another drive and then reconfigure the virtual machine to use the new location of the virtual disk file
Shaun VermaakTechnical SpecialistCommented:
1.) So, what is the possibility of exporting v3.2.10 to the most recent version?
Export/import? Yes, that will work
2.) What special procedures are required to upgrade v3.2.10 to the newest version?
The VM? You usually get a VirtualBox prompt
3.) What better way is there to upgrade v3.2.10?
The application? Seamless upgrade package, so just install
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Upgrading shouldn't pose a problem

Obviously make a backup

Then you've two choices either 1) run the new version installer and allow it to replace the files
However I'd probably go at it by 2) uninstalling Additions then shutting VBox down and uninstalling, then installing the current version.
If all your VMs are in default locations VBox install will find and attach them
Then launch , check and load the newest Additons back in.

Then you can run the CMD line resize and back in to the VM to expand the partition to use the newly created space.

Backup, backup, backup is the way to go though :)

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donpickAuthor Commented:
My research indicates there is no way to update Virtualbox v3.2.10 to any newer version of Virtualbox .  Apparently the file layout has changed significantly.   I need to know whether version 3.2.10 can be exported and successfully imported to the newest version of Virtualbox .  Or does the change in file structure of the newer versions make this impossible?
☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Well I’ve been using VBox since OSE and upgraded each time without issue.
If you want to be certain set up a separate syatem using OSE 3.2
And then use one of the v4 downloads that’s archived on the Oracle site, to check you can get that far. If so 4 - 5 certainly poses no problems.
donpickAuthor Commented:
I think I understand what you are suggesting:
Upgrade the v3.2.10 to version 4 .  I assume version 4 can handle the file structure of version 3.
Then upgrade version 4 to the newest version.  Is this correct?

  Thank you for the link you provided.
  I have found the link for all the old version 4 files for Virtualbox .  The link for version 4 includes a link to the extension pack.

What link do I use to get the extension pack for version 3.2.10?
☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Don't you already have those as it's the version you currently have in production?

Don't worry if not as all that happens is you need to add the pack back in V4 you'll just get some scary messages about lack of USB support until then

donpickAuthor Commented:
Hello, thank you for your response.

My understanding of how to update Virtualbox is flawed.  
It should be obvious others have long ago upgraded v32.10 to some version 4 of Virtualbox
The question I should have asked is:
  To what version 4 can I upgrade v3.2.10 to ?  For example, can I upgrade v3.2.10 to v4.2.18?
    Or must I upgrade first to a lower version 4?

Someone sent me this link to older versions (see below).  I'd like to share it with everyone.

Apparently virtual box stores all the older versions
☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Thanks for the link

I don't see there being a limitation, there's only matter of months between 3.2 release and 4.0 which was more to do with a change in direction of the project than substantial changes in structure.  As suggested before simply take a test machine running inside 3.2 and choose where to go with it.

4.3 to 5.x is certainly possible so why not start with 3.2 > 4.3

Once you're confident your test machine survived the jump move your (backed-up) production version.
donpickAuthor Commented:
Thank you, yes, I will attempt an upgrade as you suggest.
donpickAuthor Commented:
Thank you all for your help.  
I upgraded v3.2.10 to 4.2.18 then tried to start Virtualbox .  An error telling me I could not connect the .vdi file appeared.
I ran the vboxmanage clone command and then resized the file.  
All that ran successfully. Then I used the gpart utility to resize the partition.  
This seemed to cause data loss so I will restore some older vdi files to see if I can retrieve data.
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