I am running OS X Sierra on a 2016 Macbook Air.

I installed VirtualBox recently, and had 48 GB of free space after installation. I then set up an Ubuntu VM with a 10 GB hard drive. After 20 minutes of playing around, I deleted the VM.

Upon checking my free space, I saw that I now have only 46 GB left. Undoubtedly, VirtualBox left some files undeleted because I did not install/download/transfer anything else in that time. I even went to the path where the VMs are stored on my real hard drive and deleted that directory, but it still didn't help.

I can't afford to lose 2 GB every time I delete a VM. I am on a lightweight Macbook Air and memory space is very valuable to me. Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

EDIT: This eating up of space is most definitely due to VirtualBox. I created and deleted another Ubuntu VM instance and sure enough, lost out on another 2 GB.


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Open the VirtualBox dmg file and double click the uninstall icon. When you are done, eject the diskimage file.

  • The problem is not due to VirtualBox itself. That installed fine and I ejected and deleted the dmg file. This loss of space happens when I delete a VM instance
    – James Bond
    May 31, 2017 at 14:44

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