7GB missing.... Deleting Vista from VMWare Fusion ?

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  1. MrGeePee macrumors regular

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    Hi, my copy of Windows XP has arrived this morning. Vista was causing me allot of problems so i have decided to delete it from VMWare Fusion.

    I located the Virtual Machines folder, i then dragged the Vista VM to the trash. Restarted my Mac and then checked how much hardrive capacity i had available.

    This was my available memory BEFORE i deleted Vista

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    This was my available memory AFTER deleting Vista

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    I got back a total of 12.67 GB.

    When i installed Vista a month ago i gave it 20 GB, so im wondering where has the other 7.3 GB disappeared to?
     
  2. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Unless you specifically tell it to go out and use all of the space on your virtual drive when you create it, Fusion grows the drive as needed.

    i.e. I set my XP virtual drive up for a maximum size of 50GB, although it's only use 7GB at the moment. So if I delete it, I'd only get 7GB back.

    If your virtual drive ever grows to a big size and then you delete stuff off of Windows, the drive doesn't automatically shrink back down in size, but you can use the VMWare Tools (in the XP system tray) to shrink it. I shrank my XP drive from 15GB down to 7GB by doing that. :)
     
  3. MrGeePee thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the help.

    So i can never get that 12 GB back ?!!? thats ridiculous! :mad:

    What if i was to uninstall WMWare fusion then install it again, will that help?
     
  4. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    The 20Gb you gave your VM when you created it never really used 20Gb of space. Up until you scrapped it you'd used ~12GB of that 20GB. Now you'd dumped it you have your 12GB back.
     
  5. reflex macrumors 6502a

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    You never lost that space in the first place.
     
  6. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Your screens shots show more available space (and less used space) after you deleted Vista, so it looks like you did get your 12.67GB back. Sorry if I'm misreading things.

    I was just saying that you don't have to worry about getting the other 7.3GB of space back because VMWare Fusion more than likely never used it in the first place.
     
  7. MrGeePee thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ohhh, i understand now.

    Thanks allot guys.
     

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