|Nov 17, 2007, 07:59 AM||#1|
vmware fusion change hard drive size
How do I change the hard drive size of a image in fusion?
The settings are locked under the virtual machine -> settings menu.
|Mar 5, 2008, 12:06 AM||#2|
|Apr 6, 2008, 12:14 AM||#4|
Expanding the disk itself is very easy.
1) Open a Terminal
2) cd to the directory with the .vmdk you wish to expand.
3) Run: "/Applications/VMware\ Fusion.app/Contents/MacOS/diskTool -X 50GB <file.vmdk>" where 50GB is the size you want and file.vmdk is the correct name for your VM.
Now, the issue you run into is that you're increasing the physical (virtual) drive size, but the guest OS doesn't know about this. Just as if you had a 100GB drive, formatted it, installed Windows, and then somehow magically increased the disk to 120GB -- the formatting/partitioning is still set for 100GB.
What this means is that you'll have a larger drive, but the Windows install will only be configured for the old size. You must expand the partition within the VM. You can do this via something like Partition Magic or Acronis Disk Suite. I recently used Gparted (free) to expand a partition in a VM and it worked fine.
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|Aug 21, 2009, 03:06 AM||#6|
this does not explain how to make the disk smaller
I also want to make the vm disk smaller.
|Aug 21, 2009, 05:48 AM||#7|
I did it a few months back with my mini because I was running out of disk space and didn't need such a big VM. However, I can't find the source I used to do it...but it was all within Fusion, I didn't have to do any Terminal commnds. I remember I had to delete all the old snapshots before it would let me shrink the drive.
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