Originally Posted by Brian H
I'm sure that will work wonderfully . . . now, pretend that I knew nothing about computers. By Explorer, do you mean Internet Explorer? Then, where is the "connect network drive" feature. Sorry, but I need a step-by-step guide here.
First off, I just discovered there's a snag: this morning when I tried to boot the virtual machine it wouldn't do so unless I put in the USB stick. I guess you could use that effect as a security feature...
OK, you've booted the virtual box Windows, and you have connected a USB stick, so that it is available in Linux.
In Windows, open the Explorer; that's not the Internet Explorer but the file Explorer, the file management tool Windows comes with (it actually is the same program as Internet Explorer more or less, but you don't need the internet features here. Confusing, I know, but I never said Windows was easy.).
The Explorer is either in the Accessories group of programs or you can get at it by right-clicking the start button; you can also open 'My Computer', what you see there is one of the many faces of the Explorer.
In the menu of Virtual Box itself there should be an entry called 'Device' (I'm translating from my German version here, so what I tell you might not exactly match your situation). The device menu has entries such as add / remove CD ROM etc. One entry should say 'shared folders' or something like that; it is the second from the bottom, just above 'install guest additions' (which is something you might have to do first: install the guest additions).
Click 'shared folders', and you'll see a directory structure with not much in it. There is an 'add' button (folder with a green plus sign). Click that, and you can choose any directory on your regular computer (the Linux system) to be listed here. You can do that for any folder, including the folder where your USB stick got mounted.
Once you have included that folder and clicked OK, you can add the folder to Explorer using the Explorer menu entry 'Extras' (it's the second from the right, next to the question mark) and in that drop down menu 'add network drive'. Choose any free drive letter such as Z:, then use 'browse' to find the USB drive. It is in 'Virtual Box Shared Folders' in the network environment you're presented with.
Afterwards you can access this folder just like any other. You should take care to disconnect the network drive and remove it from the shared folders list in Virtual Box before powering it down, or else you end up like I did with no access to your virtual machine unless you stick that USB stick back in.